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From Our Chaplain

  • Posted on October 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,


October at the Chapel begins with St Francis of Assisi, and after a visit to his shrine and city of Assisi only 2 weeks ago, you will expect me to have something inspiring to say about him! I hope you will not be disappointed as we see the link between St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures and Harvest Festival Thanksgiving on Sunday 7th.


We might even want to arrange a showing of “Brother Sun and Sister Moon”, the film of his life, sometime soon. Meanwhile Harvest Evensong may encourage you to stay for a little soirée,

on a Harvest Theme – this will be very much D-I-Y so Harvest memories and tit-bits will be most welcome, following Evensong.


Thinking of Harvest, i.e. food, I was intrigued on return to find in a favourite local supermarket that Italian pears were on sale at half the price we paid in an equivalent popular supermarket in Italy. Can anyone explain why this should be?


In addition to other matters inviting your interest in this leaflet, it has been suggested that there would be some enthusiasm for an Advent Study Group as part of your other preparation for Christmas. There will be a leaflet available for your daily use during Advent (beginning December 2nd). Please ensure your name is on the list for this Group – with a note of your availability, please.

Finally, I am pleased to receive requests to visit the sick or housebound, as time allows, and encourage you to keep the Prayer Request book up to date.


I hope it will be possible to produce further editions of this leaflet, the next one in time for Advent and Christmas. Please let us know of matters to be drawn to the attention of members and friends of the chapel  by 18th November.


With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,



You will be welcome………

  • Sunday 7th October Harvest Thanksgiving

8am Holy Communion (BCP)

630pm Evensong & Chapel At Home  –
All welcome, and feel free to bring a plate to share, and if you like, a Harvest  story, a reading, or a song.

There will be a “basket” for Harvest thanksgiving offerings to help the work of Genesis here in Bath – tins and packets (non-perishables) or cash please.


  • On (other) Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10.30am Sung Eucharist (Coffee and Conversation following)

Oct 14th Trinity 19 – True Riches

Oct 21st Trinity  20– Servant of all

Oct 28th Trinity 21– The Lord who works marvels

Nov 4th All Saints – Life eternal

Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday – with Silence at 11am

Nov 18th Trinity 24 – Christ’s work continues – be on your guard

Why not suggest your favourite hymn for this Sunday? It might just fit the bill.

Nov 25th Sunday next before Advent “Christ the King”


  • Holy Eucharist at 6.30pm on (some) Fridays

October 5th  Memorial of St Francis of Assisi

19th St Luke, Evangelist

26th Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles

Nov 2nd  All Souls Day Our day of prayer for loved ones who have died. Please add names to be remembered at the Altar – in the Notebook

Nov 30th St Andrew, Apostle


Forthcoming Events For your Diary & Prayers…. *** Open to all

  • *** An open invitation is extended to attend  the Aslan Christian Bookshop book launch “God’s Church, My Place” by Steve Tilley on Tuesday 2nd October at St Michael’s Church Bath (opposite Waitrose) 7pm (Drinks and nibbles). See porch poster for further details or email
  • The Wedding of Katie Doble-Birch and Philip Robinson  (6th October 1pm)
  • *** Chapel Open Day 2 -4pm as part of Bath Heritage Week, with “The Story of the Chapel” told by the Chaplain at 3pm
  • Holy Baptism of Lily Morgan (4th November 12.30pm)
  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 12th – 20th November (including members of the chapel Congregation) led by The Chaplain
  • *** Alice Peterson’s last Sunday as Chapel Warden

I am sure you will wish to join me in expressing our appreciation to Alice for the lively and helpful contribution she has made to the Chapel, and to wish her well – please contact (Warden) Nic Eager or (Hon. Treasurer) Geoff Lee if you would like to be associated with the presentation planned for Sunday 25th November (Feast of Christ the King) following the Sung Eucharist.

We hope to be able to announce the appointment of Alice’s successor as Chapel Warden also in this occasion. Nic Eager and I will be pleased to hear from you in respect of any nominations/offers.

  • *** Thursday 29th November – the local Chapter of Priests of the Society of the Holy Cross  will meet at the chapel beginning with Eucharist at 12.30pm (All welcome at the Eucharist)