Monday, 22 December 2008
And so this is Christmas (almost)
We are quickly approaching Christmas and this office will be closed from tomorrow morning until 9th January. I hope everyone gets the opportunity of a break over Christmas. In Medieval England the holiday extended from Christmas Day to Plough Monday which this year would be 12th January. It was an opportunity for hard working people to have a prolonged break and celebration during the hardest part of the year. Perhaps we have something to learn from our medieval ancestors for as we know only to well some shops will be open again on Boxing Day and the consumer whirr will begin once more.
It appears in this office that we are almost replicating the medieval tradition above but in fact 6th-8th January is the annual meeting of the Schools and Pastoral Teams of the Southern Province i.e. Plymouth, Portsmouth, Clifton, Southwark and of course Arundel & Brighton which is being hosted in Eastbourne and which I will be attending. We will amongst other things be reflecting on hope as outlined in the Pope's last encyclical Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope). A copy of the encyclical is available from the Diocesan Bookshop via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be good to begin the year reflecting on hope and how we might be messengers of God's hope in the work that we do in the Southern Province.
Wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas and blessed New Year:
Mark Woods - A&B Diocese Communications Officer
'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour' (Lk 1:46)