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The Chaplain’s Newletter May 2013

  • Posted on May 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

The Magdalen Chapel, Bath



18th May 2013.

From the Chaplain…..


Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,


HOW TIME FLIES! My last letter was full of “Holy Week” and “Easter” events, including the Clock-change to British Summer-time.

The Chapel Annual Meeting after Easter was a most encouraging event, with a good attendance and positive feedback and suggestions. The Accounts for 2012 were received with thanks to Hon. Treas. Mr Geoff Lee, and we are hoping to “restore” the Garden gate based on the ancient print in the book “Spirit of Care” (copies of which are available at the Chapel), thanks to Valerie’s research.   We are also embarking on a survey entitled  “Why are we here?” for the attention of the Congregation members in the first instance.


With the encouragement of the brighter mornings, we are responding to a suggestion made at the Aforesaid Annual Meeting that we should make an earlier start with our Sunday Sung Eucharist: from 2nd June we shall start at 10am. If you would like an alarm call, you could always ask… I know it will mean adjusting dog-walking and other little treats, but I hope this opportunity will be a positive option for you all.


Details of our celebrations for the Annual Festival of St Mary Magdalen in July are listed overleaf.  We look forward to seeing friends and neighbours, as ever,


We congratulate St John’s Hospital (our “big sister” charity) on being nominated – by Chairman of B&NES Neil Butters as one of his Charities for the Year, and we’ll hope to bask in the reflected glory!


With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely,                                                                                                                               David


Forthcoming Events at the Chapel


Bear Flat Artists exhibition on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May in the Chapel Garden. A selection of works for the outside by Zib Baines, Andrew Rhodes and Bridgette Sibbick. For more info see

Chandos Singers’ Summer Concert   Saturday 6th July  at 7.30pm Further info from


Magdalen Festival time  at The Chapel

A Concert by Trio Sospiroso on Thursday July 18th at 7.30 p.m.

Music for Viola, Flute and Harp including classics by Debussy, Bax and Ravel.

£15 (to include comp. glass of wine) at the door & from Bath Box Office (01225 463362).  Further info from

Saturday 20th July – Film show – “Brother Sun and Sister Moon” – Zeffirelli’s acclaimed film on the life of St Francis, 8pm, after Bring and Share Supper 7pm.


Sunday  21st  July  – Feast of St Mary Magdalen

8am Holy Communion

10am Festival Eucharist with Party Refreshments following


You will be welcome………

  • On  Sundays

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

10.00am Sung Eucharist (& Coffee and Conversation). Please see details  overleaf

  • On 2nd June for Evensong and Devotions on this Day of Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion
  • On Friday 14th June for 6.30pm Holy Eucharist in honour of St Anthony of Padua
  • On Friday 12th July for 6.30pm Holy Eucharist in honour of St Benedict.
  • To join the team keeping the Chapel Graveyard neat. Contact Nic Eager to show interest

Saturday 8th June at 2.00pm at St John’s Church, South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AF


Music Memories Stories Pictures and Words:Refreshments will be served in the Church

Do you have something you would like to say, sing, play, display or give us for someone else to read? Please let us know as soon as possible. or ‘Fairlea’ Beechen Cliff Road Bath BA2 4QR Tel: 01225 317530



The Chandos Singers rehearse in the Chapel on Friday evenings. For further details please contact Mandy Shaw, Secretary, Chandos Singers

01225 436302/07710 447966

Services and Readings from Trinity  Sunday – end August 2013

                                BCP                       Revised Common Lectionary

May 26th                 TRINITY SUNDAY

Prov 8:1-4, 22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

June 2nd                                Trinity 1                  Corpus Christi Sunday, a Day of Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion

Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Luke 9:11-17

6pm Evensong & Devotions

9th                           Trinity 2                10th (Ordinary) Sunday of the Year

1 Kings 17:17-24; Ps 30; Gal 1:11-14; Lk 7:11-17

“He restores my life”

Friday 14th  6.30pm Eucharist – St Antony of Padua, Pr. and Dr.

16th                         Trinity 3                11th (Ordinary) Sunday of the Year

2 Sam 11: 26-12:10, 13-15; Ps 32; Gal 2:15-21; Lk 7:36 – 8:3

“The Forgiving Christ”

23rd         Birth of St John the Baptist

Isa 40:1-11; Ps 139; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 40.

30th         Feast of Ss Peter & Paul

Acts 12:1-11; Ps 125; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Matt 16:13-19

July 7th                   Trinity 6                14th Sunday of the year

Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66:1-8; Gal 6:7-16; Lk 10:1-9

“Christ our Peace”

Friday 12th             6.30pm Eucharist: St Benedict Abbot, Patron of Europe

14th                        Trinity 7                15th Sunday of the Year

Deut 30:9-14; Ps 25:1-10; Col 1:1-14; Lk 10:25-37

“His word is near”

21st         Festival of  S Mary Magdalen

Song of S 3:1-14; Ps 42:1-10; 2 Cor 5:14-17; John 20:1-2,11-18

“Mary Magdalene, Disciple, helper, witness”

28th                         Trinity 9                17th Sunday of the year

Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13

“Our Father in Heaven”

August 4th              Trinity 10              18th Sunday of the year

Eccles 1:2 & 2:21-23; Ps 49:1-12; Col 3:1-11; Lk 12:13-21

“Riches, Wise or Foolish?”

11th                         Trinity 11              19th Sunday of the year

Gen 15:1-6; Ps 33:12_22; Heb 111-3,8-16; Lk 12:32-40

“The Lord our God.”

18th                         Trinity 12              20th Sunday of the year

Jer 23:23-20; Ps 82; Heb 1:29 – 12:2; Lk 12:49-53

“Victory with Christ”

25th                         Trinity 13              21st Sunday of the year

Isa 58 :9b-14; Ps 103;1-8; Heb 12:18-29; Lk 13:22-30

“God’s Gathered People”


Details of Readings are being published in response to a suggestion from a visitor. We hope this helps us to prepare for, and focus our worship, with a Common Mind and Intention. If you would like help or guidance with a pattern of daily readings from Scripture and the Teaching of the Church, please ask.




  A Talk on Wednesday 5 June at Manvers Street Baptist Church 7.30pm


Bath Interfaith Group is holding a special meeting to mark the 150th anniversary of Sir Francis Younghusband, Founder of the World Congress of Faiths, who spent much of his childhood in Bath and was educated at Clifton College in Bristol.

A talk about Younghusband’s life will be given by Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke, who is President of the World Congress of Faiths. Marcus is a former Vicar of Swainswick,  Minister of Christ Church, Julian Road, and sometime Chaplain of Magdalen Chapel. His wife Mary was a magistrate and social worker.

Francis Younghusband, was a remarkable character. He was an explorer; served in the army; was the first Europeans to cross the Gobi desert; explored dangerous mountain passes in the Himalayas; led a controversial military mission to Tibet; and was a journalist and author.

Younghusband was also a spiritual explorer. His mystical experiences and friendships with people of different faiths and races convinced him that there is truth in all religions. This led him to found the World Congress of Faiths in 1936, as a fellowship for people of different faiths. He was convinced that the ethical teaching of the worlds’ religions was the only basis for lasting peace.


The evening will also mark the launch of Marcus Braybrooke’s new book Widening Vision: The World Congress of Faiths and the Growing Interfaith Movement (available from


About the Chapel History, A Message received from Tom Colville….

In my research as a historian I believe I have come across a record of this Church. It came up in a document  called ‘Athenae Oxonienses an exact history of all the writers and bishops who have had their education in the most ancient and famous University of Oxford, from the fifteenth year of King Henry the Seventh, Dom. 1500, to the end of the year 1690’. In the record for 1504 it says: ‘As for John Cantlow beforementioned, who was his Predecessor, and graduated in this University, he built in a certain Village near Bathe, called Holloway, in the Parish of Widcomb, a pretty little Chappel dedicated to S Mary Magd. as also, as ’tis said there, the little Hospital adjoyning for Lunaticks.’ If that information is of any interest, or if I can help to furnish you with any further details, do not hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes, Tom Colville


Contact Details for The Chaplain

The Revd David Prothero,

Tel:01225 938595 Mob 07834 269097 or use the “Contacts” box in the Chapel for messages to the Chaplain or Wardens.

Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath


The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published at the end of August

An Advent letter from The Chaplain

  • Posted on November 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,




With the Opening of the Bath Christmas Market we are reminded to take steps to prepare for the forthcoming Festival. Advent tells us Christ is near…and the Feast of Christ the King this Sunday leads us on a Royal Progress to the new Christian year on Advent Sunday (2nd December). Our hearts and minds are stirred as we open afresh the Gospel according to St Luke during this “Year C” of the three year cycle of readings at the Eucharist. What would we do without this Gospel which proclaims for our salvation the “tidings of great joy,” the details of the Angel’s Message to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the songs of praise uttered by her, and by Zechariah (at the birth of St John Baptist,) and the paeans of the Angelic Choir at the birth of the Saviour. All this and more in this Gospel – including the Parable of the Good Samaritan for example – confirms our faith in the mercy and love of God:  in this Gospel of the “Dear and Glorious Physician” .


Following the recent  survey results, from Congregation and friends,  the Special Services for Advent and Christmas are detailed overleaf, as are the opportunities for study and reflection together.  The Advent leaflet “Unwrapping the Gift” is yours for the asking. There are a few copies still available “with blessings from Magdalen Chapel” to help keep the light of Christ shining in these dark winter days.


If you are in Bath for Christmas you will of course be welcome at the chapel, and if you are away, do pray for us as we shall for you. Bring stories back of the life and worship of the Christian church wherever you find yourself on the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.


With prayers and blessings,





You will be welcome………

  • Sunday 25th November Feast of Christ the King. Following the resignation of Alice Petersen as Chapel Warden we shall convene a Chapel Meeting following the 1030am Eucharist to elect a successor, and colleague for Nic Eager.
  • Service of Lessons and Carols 9th December at 6.30pm

for Choir and Congregation: with seasonal refreshments following


  • Sunday 16th December – a special “Photo Session” – a Message from Geoff Lee (Chapel Treasurer)

In the Book “Bath –The Blitz and Now,” by photographer Hazel Evans,  the “ghosted” images are quite extraordinary and I am hoping that the result in the Chapel will be the same. We have in mind a photograph of the bombed out Chancel mixed with a present day congregation. There is no cost to the Chapel the cost will fall to me as I have commissioned it personally from Hazel.  It will not take too long 10 -15 minutes if all goes well.

You are invited to stay awhile after the Eucharist to take part in this exciting venture. More explanation on the day, and participation will be entirely voluntary.

  • Christmas Eve 11.30pm Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass


  • Christmas Day 9am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)


  • Sunday 30th December 10.30am Sung Eucharist & Carols


  • Sunday 6th January The Feast of the Epiphany 8am & 10.30am


(Apologies to those who received the “Services survey” on-line and were unable to reply because it was a “pdf” file. Nic and I are addressing this issue! DJP)


On (other) Sundays

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

10.30am Sung Eucharist (Coffee and Conversation following)


  • Holy Eucharist at 6.30pm on (some) Fridays

Nov 30th St Andrew, Apostle


For the Record…

Holy Baptism 4th November, Lily Morgan

Holy Matrimony6th October,Katie Doble-Birch and Philip Robinson

Harvest Festival evensong was well attended, and a very happy occasion: gifts were taken to Greystones and to Genesis.

The Chapel Open Day 2 -4pm, as part of Bath Heritage Week, with “The Story of the Chapel” told by the Chaplain at 3pm, attracted a steady flow of visitors and an attentive congregation, who were also nourished with afternoon tea.

The Pilgrims to the Holy Land 12th – 20th November (including members of the chapel Congregation) led by The Chaplain, were blessed by “friendship and fellowship that grew up between us all,” and witness that “never again will the Gospels be the same, as they have brought alive”, and “our faith has been strengthened by the visits to so many important places in the life of Jesus.”


In the News

The General Synod Vote on the proposals for Women Bishops was defeated by a margin of a few votes by the “House of Laity”, a similar margin by which the vote for Women Priests was passed in 1992. The unsatisfactory nature and result of this decision making-process has been well advertised. For some people the motion was unsatisfactory because it made any allowances at all for those (mainly of Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic convictions) who have made their objections clear to this move, and for others it was unsatisfactory because there was  so little understanding of  how the differences of belief in this matter could be reconciled.  It is hinted that the house of Bishops will want to grab the reins and seek to forge a compromise. We may hope and pray that this will be possible, to include all of us: perhaps it is too much to hope that other Bishops, including those of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, will also be engaged in this consultation.  Meanwhile  Synod did also find time to comment on the important matters of youth unemployment and the minimum wage.


Forthcoming Events 

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).

Chandos Singers Concert

Magdalen Motets on Saturday 8th December 2012, 7.30pm at Magdalen Chapel


The Chandos Singers, conducted by Malcolm Hill, are one of Bath’s leading chamber choirs.

This concert presents the Strathclyde Motets of James MacMillan (b.1959). These choral settings of sacred texts, published from 2008 onwards, were written both for individual liturgical use through the year (mostly as communion motets) and for concert performance. All the motets were first performed in Glasgow. They vary in style but form a consistent and satisfying whole, sharing both a perceptibly Scottish musical feel and deep roots in the Catholic faith of the composer.

The programme celebrates the seasons of Advent and Christmas with music that is over four centuries older than the Strathclyde Motets. The Chandos Singers continue to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) with settings of O Domine Jesu Christe, Beata es Virgo, and Hodie Christus natus est. The concert also features the less well known Slovenian composer Jacob Handl (1550-1591), including attractive settings of Radix Jesse, Adoramus te, Jesu Christe, Rorate coeli, and O magnum mysterium.

Interval refreshments will be provided.

Tickets: £10, Students £5 Available at the door & from Bath Box Office – Tel: 01225 463362 Email: