Monday, 19 December 2016

Ecumenical Reception of the Peace Light from Bethlehem and Carol Service

 The third Sunday of Advent was very rich in ecumenical events in Caen.

RC Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger
had invited the representatives of the Christian Communities 
to join him in the celebration of the
Reception of the Peace Light from Bethlehem 
in St Jean church (Caen city centre).

  This religious event, organised by the Scouts de France movement
has been a tradition for many years but this year it took on a special ecumenical flavour.

Our Anglican Chaplaincy in Caen was represented by Yvonnic, 
our Reader in training.

Then the Peace Light from Bethlehem was carried in during a procession at the beginning of our Carol Service in the Chapelle de La Miséricorde led by Fr Matthew Harrison 
and accompanied by the excellent Choir of St George's -Paris-
led by our dear friend Choir Master Peter Hicks.

Readings were done by Père Berthout (Head priest of Paroisse de la Sainte Trinité - Caen city centre) and Pasteur Nyangono (of the Eglise Protestante Unie de France) with whom we have a long standing fraternal relationship.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Remembrance Sunday

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Welcome Fr Douglas!


We are all very happy to welcome Fr Douglas Emmott who has kindly offered to join in our Chaplaincy family's life.

Fr Douglas presided the Eucharist for us for the first time and this was followed by a friendly light meal at the nearby crêperie. An excellent time of Christian fellowship indeed!

Bienvenue en Normandie Father Douglas!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

New meeting between Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis

In his address to the Pope on Oct 6th, Justin Welby said:
"Jesus has gone before us. He calls us to be courageous. Let us walk closer together so the world sees new life and energy in the Church’s worship, mission and witness. Above all so the world sees Christ shining ever more brightly."

Read the complete document and see more here

Saturday, 25 June 2016

EU referendum: Pastoral letter from Bishop Robert and Bishop David

Bishop Robert and Bishop David have addressed a pastoral letter to all the Anglican communities in the Diocese in Europe and asked that it be read during the Sunday Service.

You can read the whole letter by clicking HERE.

Here are some extracts of it:  

We have had English-speaking chaplaincies on the European mainland for over 400 years. That
is not going to change, and the Church of England remains fully committed to this her Diocese
in Europe.


We exhort you all to pray. Pray for political leaders across Europe as they seek to maintain
European cohesiveness. Pray that the UK may be a generous and outward looking country that
contributes to human flourishing around the world. Pray also for church leaders that we may
enable the Christian family to model that harmony and unity which is the vision of God’s
kingdom, in the midst of a fractured world.


Faith is the powerful antidote to fear and uncertainty. As Christians, we believe in a God who
holds the destiny of the nations in his hands. So at an uncertain time in Europe’s history, we
pray for and invoke the providential guiding and leading of God in the hearts of us all and upon
every nation.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Great celebrations!

We had a truly great weekend of celebrations with St George's Choir 
offering their art and talent at the service of Church life

 
Friday Vespers at Abbaye aux Dames



With Fr Matthew Harrison from St George's, Paris,
Fr Varty and many RC priests.







Presided by Fr Ian Chandler from Exeter Diocese
in the presence of Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger 






 
Sunday Anglican Mass at Chapelle de la Miséricorde



With (from left to right) Fr Varty, Fr Douglas Emmott and Fr LLoyd Richard.












 


  



Many thanks to Peter Hicks, choir master, and St George's Choir for their essential contribution to the success of these events.