St Bridget February MessageThis is a description by lady called Katherine Smith, a preacher and writer, who was on pilgrimage to the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. She wrote of this experience: ‘I’m not feeling very comfortable, not spiritually in tune with my surroundings, finding it all a bit sentimental and touristy. I think we’re singing something like “Away in a manger” and my toes are curling ever so slightly.Then a young Palestinian couple enter the crypt carrying a newborn baby – very newborn, surely only a few days old.Ignoring everyone around them they approach the holy place of Christ’s birth, they kneel and hold their precious baby over the shrine for a brief moment or two. And everything has changed. It’s suddenly very quiet and still as we watch this simple gesture of faith by parents wanting something special for their baby.We’re told this is customary, it’s an offering or dedication of the child to God and the seeking of God’s blessing for the baby. It’s a beautiful and moving experience for those of us privileged to witness it.’Katherine wrote that she wondered what happened to that baby. Is she/ he still alive. Bethlehem today is not a safe place for a child.We know that if the baby is still alive, they are growing up, like Jesus, in a land with political and religious divisions, a land where there is war and hatred.I find that account incredibly moving, especially in the light of so many children’s deaths in Israel and Gaza.And of course, Jesus too was born into a troubled world. His people were oppressed in their own land by the occupying Roman forces. They long for the coming of the promised Messiah, God’s chosen and anointed one who would bring freedom, peace and justice to the people of Israel. It was certainly not a safe place for a child to grow up in, just as today in Gaza it is not a safe place for children.On the 2nd of February we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Candlemas as it is known. We remember when Jesus’s parents too sought a blessing for their child as did that couple two thousand years later.And it is during this blessing, the Mary experiences a forewarning of darker times ahead. For she will witness her son’s suffering and death. For Mary and us, Love can hurt.Loving Jesus will hurt.There was suffering when Jesus lived on this troubled Earth, and he shared in the suffering.He himself suffered terribly and the piercing of his body on the cross, also pierced his mother’s heart.And yet in the darkness, we have the hope that suffering, evil and death will not have the final world. For on Easter Sunday, Jesus rosed from the dead, and changed everything.There is suffering today throughout the world and of course particularly in the Middle East. Following Jesus does not take us out of that suffering, but however deep it is, we share it with Jesus and however dark it is we know that his resurrection light can shine in our lives, that darkness won’t overcome it. He will enfold us in that love and raise us up into his marvellous light.We can say in faith, as it was said on the day of Jesus’s presentation.‘our eyes have seen thy salvation,which thou has prepared before the face of all people:to be a light to lighten the Gentilesand to be the glory of thy people Israel.’
Evensong and BenedictionThere is Evensong and Benediction this coming Sunday (28th) at 4.00pm with Fr Adrian in St Bridget's Church, everyone is welcome to come along and join us.
A Message for EpiphanyCanon David has written a message for Epiphany which can be read Here
WeddingsThinking of getting married? You can book St Bridget's Parish Church for your big day, located in the pretty village of Dyserth, North Wales. If you are interested in having your wedding at St Bridget's Parish Church, in the first instance please contact us by emailing our Website Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or filling in our enquiry formYou can find information on the fees involved here
Upcoming Dates and Services for your DiaryWednesday 14th February - Ash Wednesday10.00am Said Mass with imposition of AshesLent LunchesThe Lent Lunches return this year in collaboration with Horeb United Reformed Church in St Bridget’s Church Hall, all funds raised will go to Christian AidStarting on Thursday 22nd February, the Lent Lunches will run for 4 weeks from 12 till 1.30pm, each Lent Lunch cost’s just £3.50The dates are 22/02, 29/02, 07/03, 14/03To view our Services throughout February and March, Click Here