The third Sunday in Advent – otherwise know as Gaudete Sunday – is when the church remembers John the Baptist with respect to his proclamation about the coming of Jesus as our Saviour.
This morning at Southwark Cathedral, Jane Steen – Canon Chancellor – presided at the main service, whilst Michael Ipgrave – Canon Missioner – preached. Bruce Saunders – Canon Pastor completed the team of Eucharist Ministers.
During the week I have been reading the Glasgow and Galloway Diocesan Newsletter and noted the reference to a cat called Conchita Ipgrave in the leading article by +Gregor (Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway). He quoted a “letter” from this cat.
It has come to my attention that around this time of the year many humans are going on about a small member of their species, first sighted approx. 14,056 years ago (cat time), who did not enjoy the benefits of a central heating system, or even a house. It is difficult to imagine how anybody in a situation like that can have much to offer anybody, but they say he brings light, love and peace. But then, like him, they are humans; so they would say that, wouldn’t they.
Since the days of this letter, Michael and Gregor have moved on to other roles within the Angilcan Communion, and sadly Conchita is no longer with us.
This evening, Songs of Praise came from the Union Chapel in Islington. Readers will remember that two months ago we attended the recording. The show shows many views of the interior of the building. Although we were close to a camera position, we were not visible in the broadcast.
Next week – Nine Lessons and Carols