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Bishop Martin's Reflections on the Easter Readings

Bishop Martin's Reflections on the Easter Readings

24 April 2017 Read more

3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 2.14a, 36-41 1

Peter 1.17-23

Luke 24.13-35

The first time I visited Vézelay in Burgundy, France, I was on holiday with friends from university. Out of an early morning mist, this huge Romanesque masterpiece of an Abbey came slowly into view. It was spectacular.

The building of the present Abbey began in 1104, the claim to have the relics of St Mary Magdalen having already begun a lively pilgrimage trade. We went to the crypt to venerate the relics. Authenticity seemed to be less important than acknowledgement that whatever these bones were, they had, for countless generations, evoked and deepened a lively faith in the risen Jesus.

Vézelay had a central place ...

  • Church support for refugee worker fund

    Church support for refugee worker fund

    23 April 2017 Read more
    At the May Diocesan Synod, last year, The Bishop of Horsham launched an appeal for £30,00 to fund a destitution worker for Voices in Exile, the Sussex Charity working to welcome and support Syrian refugees.Now ...
  • Prominent environmentalist to speak at Sussex church.

    Prominent environmentalist to speak at Sussex church.

    18 April 2017 Read more
    Dr. Ruth Valerio, one of the giants in the environmental movement in this country, will share her wisdom at Petworth Area Churches Together (PACT) at a Spring public Meeting at St. Mary's Church in Petworth.Her ...
  • Bishop of Chichester's Easter Sermon

    Bishop of Chichester's Easter Sermon

    16 April 2017 Read more
    Bishop of ChichesterEaster Day Sermon 2017I am not, and probably never will be, a gardener. This does not mean that I don’t like gardens: I do, but mainly when they are somebody else’s responsibility. But ...