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Theme for the Week – 28 December 2014

Scripture readings for this Sunday (Holy Innocents): Jeremiah 31:15–17; Psalm 124; 1 Corinthians 1:26–29; Matthew 2:13-18 Why does the vicar dislike singing Christmas songs during Advent? Well, actually he doesn’t! It all depends upon what the song says. Listening to the words shows that some are songs of anticipation, and really do fit within Advent […]

Christmas Eve – the enigma of light

Physics is cool: the physics of light is an enigma, because light can have the properties of both waves and particles, and its behaviour as one or the other is unpredictable. So is the idea of God incarnate an enigma, divine power rendered into a defenceless child. Yet the light this child brings into the […]

Theme for the Week – 21 December 2014

The readings for the fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Magnificat (Luke 1:46b-55); Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38 “How can this be?” Mary’s words are almost an intrinsic part of the human condition, which through faith we seek to answer. How can it be that an unwed girl accepts potential disgrace and shame – or […]

Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of many things and people. He is the national saint of Russia and Greece, and thousands of churches are named after him.   He is known as the friend and protector of all those in trouble. Saint Nicholas was born about 500 km from Bethlehem in the fourth century. He […]

Christingles in Menorca

What is a Christingle?  It is an orange wrapped in a red ribbon, into which is inserted a candle, together with sticks on which are placed fruits and nuts, or sweets. Christingles have been made popular in the England by The Children’s Society, since the first Christingle service, held in the Church of England in […]

Christmas Bazaar 2014

Santa Margarita’s annual Christmas bazaar was opened by the mayor of Es Castell, Lluís Camps Pons, at 10:00 on Saturday, 15 November.  Despite an early rain shower, and a few difficulties with the retractable roof of the market square, the weather improved by the time of opening, and a steady flow of visitors availed themselves of […]

Christmas Bazaar – 15 November 2014

From 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturday, 15 November, at the Plaça de Mercat in Es Castell: the annual Christmas bazaar for Santa Margarita. Cake stalls – Refreshments – Crafts  Children’s Toys – Cards – Christmas Gifts – Tombola  Collection of non-perishable food items for the needy of Es Castell; 10% of the profits will be […]

Harvesting Wisdom

  This article will appear in the September issue of Roqueta, Menorca’s English language magazine, as well as in the newsletter, Menorca Anglican.  If there is a wisdom to be found in the innocence of children (see last month), there is a different kind of wisdom to be found in those of advanced years.  After […]

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