Chaplain Alison Keeps the Light Burning

In 1375, the Guild of St Bride was formed with the duty of keeping an eternal light at the statue of St Bride. Our Chaplain, The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce, still follows this practice – a sign of new life on the other side of darkness.

For her Easter sermon, Alison reflects on Jesus’ Good Friday crucifixion and Easter resurrection. They signify that even after death, His presence continues.

We can hear Alison’s sermon online (click here for Easter Choral Eucharist) thanks to the dedication of St Bride’s Organist Matthew Morley and Choir Bass Neil Bellingham. During the Church closure, they spend many hours each week producing excellent virtual services combining Alison’s current sermons and prayers with archive choral recordings. You can hear significant performances by the choir and congregation now for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Next Sunday’s broadcast of Choral Eucharist will be at 11.00am.

In recognising Matthew and Neil’s work, Alison realised that some of the archives were from some time ago and that some of those heard singing had now died. Voices of the living and the dead - a foretaste, she felt, of the kingdom of heaven to come for us all.

As her lighting the candle at St Bride’s statue reflects, “Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it”. A fitting epithet for these difficult times.

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