Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Funeral of Jean Hill

The funeral of Jean Hill (1928 - 2010)
took place in church on Monday 22 November.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

High Mass in 1947

In recent weeks we have been using the high altar, rather than the new free standing altar. This is in order to accustom the servers (and the Vicar) to celebrating in the 'traditional' manner for the centenary of the consecration next year. Here are some pictures of how it was done in about 1948. The celebrant is Father William Maxwell Rennie, Vicar 1936 - 1954.

Thurifer and boat boy at the head of the procession.
The Girl Guides suggest this is a parade service.

Celebrant flanked by deacon and sub-deacon all wearing birettas.
The celebrant is wearing a cope rather than a chasuble because high mass began with a preparatory rite.

Now vested in the chasuble, the celebrant approaches the high altar.

The Collect is read from the south end of the altar.

Incense is put on at the offertory.
The missal stand is Spanish, and was given by the Harmsworth family in 1923 for use in the St John's Chapel.

The Agnus Dei.

The blessing is given from the centre of the altar before the celebrant moves to the north end for the reading of the Last Gospel.

Come and sing on 5 February 2011


A choral workshop directed by John Rutter

Saturday 5 February 2011
11:00 to 16:45

St Jude-on-the-Hill,
Central Square,
Hampstead Garden Suburb,
London NW11 7AH

Nearest underground station Golders Green. Visit
and click on ‘How to find us’ for map and directions.

A day of enjoyment and instruction for all who sing in choirs or enjoy singing. John Rutter leads us through choral music old and new, some of his own compositions and a few surprises. Music for the day will be provided and it will be possible to purchase it afterwards at a good discount, as well as CDs of John Rutter’s choir The Cambridge Singers.

Cost £20 to include tea and coffee, plus £5 for lunch if required. Proceeds will go to the St Jude’s central heating appeal fund. Advance registration essential.

Enquiries to Jennifer Radice, 020 8455 1025,;
or Helen Roose, 020 8458 4793,

Click on poster to enlarge and print

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Wireless Revelation

I saw a new heaven and a new earth (a painting in the St John Chapel).

On Saturday 20 November at 9.25pm BBC Radio 3 are repeating 'A Wireless Revelation' - a communal reading of the Book of Revelation with music by Antony Pitts (and to which the Vicar was contributor).

The original broadcast was well received by the media:
The text and details of the music

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Animals War Memorial

There is another memorial to the animals that died in the First World War not too far from us. The RSPCA Animals War Memorial Dispensary in Cambridge Terrace (Kilburn Park Road) was opened in 1931. The bronze relief above the door is by Frederick Brook Hitch (1897 - 1957), and shows the winged figure of Victory giving wreathes to the animals that served in the War. You can read a contemporary report of the opening of the clinic here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Women in the Episcopate

From the Bishop of London

10th November 2010

Women in the Episcopate

Dear Friends,

That indefatigable and learned Bishop of Rome, Leo the Great, died on this day in 461 having steered the Church for two decades through a wearying number of exigencies. He is of course famous for having persuaded Attila the Hun (probably by a donation from the Bishop’s discretionary fund) to return home rather than plunder Italy.

Bishop Leo reminds us that the Church is never free of controversy as together we try to discern the mind of Christ and to move ahead while remaining faithful to Scripture and tradition. We would all rather avoid controversy, but as with every generation before us, we must engage with the issues, prayerfully, and with integrity and humility.

I wrote to you in July about the General Synod decisions regarding the consecration of women to the episcopate and said that I would be letting you know how we would be following through the process in London*. I have appended below the procedure that the London College of Bishops has outlined to guide us through the next twelve months. The Bishop’s Council affirmed this course of action yesterday.

We wished to set out this timetable as early as possible so that Area Deans and Lay Chairs can arrange a meeting of their Deanery Synods to discuss the issues and to vote in the first half of 2011. By early December we will produce material which will be available publicly to help us in our thinking and praying.

Please continue to pray that the outcome of all our discussions will be the greater glory of God and the strengthening of our mission and ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.

With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA

* You can see my July letter here:


The Consecration of Women to the Episcopate

The Discussion Process in the Diocese of London

The Motion

Each diocesan synod is required to vote by houses on the following motion without amendment:

‘That this Synod approve the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and in draft Amending Canon No.30.’

Responses are required to reach the Clerk of the General Synod before 5pm on Monday 14th November 2011.

If a majority of Diocesan Synods approve, then final Approval by General Synod could be as early as July 2012 after which legislation will be considered by the Ecclesiastical Committee and each House of Parliament.

(The documents can be found at

The Discussion Process

Deaneries: material is being prepared by the London Bishops and Senior Staff. Deanery Synods should discuss the issues and vote by Houses during the first half of 2011. This follows the pattern set in 1991 when Deanery Synods voted on the Draft Ordination of Women Measure. It must be stressed that this vote is purely to help focus and inform our discussion and has no legal or morally binding status whatsoever.

It should be borne in mind that the newly-elected Deanery Synod members will take up their office for the next three years on 1st June 2011.

Parishes: the same material may be used in parishes if the PCC so wish.

Individuals: a mediated discussion board will be set up on the web for comments.

Diocesan Synod: there will be a major discussion on Thursday 14th July by which time we would hope to have feedback from all the Deanery Synods.

An Extraordinary Diocesan Synod will be convened on Thursday 13th October when there will be further discussion and the formal vote taken by Houses on the Motion.

The College of Bishops, November 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Parish Centenary 2011

Parish Centenary

Sunday 8 May 2011
The St Jude's community gathers to celebrate the centenary of the consecration of the church, the designation of the parish and the installation of the first vicar at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 8 May 2011 at 1030
Preacher and celebrant:
The Lord Bishop of London

Parish Centenary 2011

Parish Centenary
Sunday 8 May 2011
The St Jude's community gathers to celebrate the centenary of the consecration of the church, the designation of the parish and the installation of the first vicar at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday 8 May 2011 at 1030
Preacher and celebrant:
The Lord Bishop of London

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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