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Pentecost and languages

Curiosity has sent me searching again.  This time I was wondering about the traditional associations between Pentecost and languages.  And why was the miraculous linguistic ability of the disciples ridiculed as drunkenness? What was Pentecost?  Why were so many different language groups present? The name Pentecost is associated with the number 50.  Pentecost is an … Continue reading

St Francis e Letter 22nd February 2015

This Sunday 22nd February – Lent 1 Sunday Duties: To see if you are on duty click here.  Please notify the parish office if you are unable to do a duty. If possible arrange with some else to do your duty but please still notify the parish office. Readings: The lectionary readings for this Sunday 22nd February 2015:   Genesis … Continue reading

Nativity Scenes

Once again, my curiosity has been aroused … this time while helping to build a Nativity Scene.  I was surprised to find that our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, was responsible for this tradition, as he was for the tradition of Christmas carols. St. Francis was concerned that the meaning of Christmas was being … Continue reading

Advent wreath

The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the four weeks of Advent.  It is traditionally a Lutheran practice, but it has spread to many other Christian denominations. The Advent wreath is a circular garland of various evergreen branches.  On that wreath, four candles (and often a fifth) are arranged.  During the Sunday services … Continue reading

Advent reflections by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has prepared a series of thoughts on Advent that you can listen to on his website. He will add a new set of reflections each week during advent. Click here to go to his website. You might like to bookmark that website to go there for other communications from him.


Our church has a verger.  I have often wondered what that word means.  The word “sexton” came up while exploring “verger”, so I have included that here too. Verger A verger (or virger) is a person who assists in the ordering of religious services, particularly in Anglican churches.  The office of verger has its roots … Continue reading


The hymn sung immediately before the reading of the Gospel is called a Gradual.  This does not mean that it has to be sung very slowly.  The name gradual is derived from the Latin word gradus, meaning a step.  So “gradually” originally meant “step by step”. To read more about this, and to see how … Continue reading

Unusual words

Parts of our modern Christian practice are based on traditions and beliefs that stretch back many hundreds of years.  As one of the articles in this section shows, even the architectural design of church buildings is based on theological ideas that existed long ago.  Even though our thinking about these ideas has changed, the traditions … Continue reading

Advent Bible Study Series – Bishop Brian Germond

Bishop Brian Germond A series of three studies in preparation for Advent. Dates:       Wednesdays 19th, 26th Nov and 3rd Dec.Time:         7.30 pmVenue:       Frank Clark Hall Please bring your bibles!

Christingles and other Christmas traditions

 Later this year, the St Francis Singers will host a Christingle service.  I wondered what Christingle is all about, so I went looking. It seems that Christingle is a fairly new Christmas tradition relative to our other traditions such as the Christmas tree and Christmas carols. As is often the case when setting out to … Continue reading

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