The St Marylebone Festival 
18 - 24 July 2020
 
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 Midnight Mass 2018

 A cold, and not too cleanly, manger?

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 Through the days leading up to Christmas, in countless nativity plays the world over, centre stage is occupied by an assortment of makeshift livestock, shepherds in tea towels of various vintages, exotically dressed Magi bearing preposterous gifts, tinsel-swathed hosts of cherubim and seraphim, blue-veiled Marys and brown-clothed Josephs - the most enormous cast of extras, upon whom endless rehearsals have been inflicted since September and whose frazzled parents have spent sleepless nights perfecting the latest in designer star wear.

Much less attention is usually given to the manger, however.

Quite often it has been ‘mislaid’ and a new one has to be hastily cobbled together at the last minute, or it is discovered almost too late to be missing a leg or, worse still, its much-needed straw - which everyone is convinced is safely stowed away in a particular cupboard or cubby hole - but evidently isn’t!

Yet, the manger is itself a key player in the events we celebrate on this holy night, and in the gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth the manager is mentioned no fewer than three times and the swaddling bands in which which Jesus is wrapped twice.

In his poem In the Holy Nativity of our Lord, the largely forgotten English Metaphysical Poet, Richard Crashaw who lived during the first half of the seventeenth century[i] asks if A cold, and not too cleanly, manger really is the best that the poor world can produce to provide a bed for “the starry stranger”.

A manger: a feeding trough, not a designer SilverCross or Mamas and Papas feeding trough mind you, but a simple rough-hewn indentation gouged into the rock of one of the hastily borrowed cave-houses of Bethlehem.

The maker of the universe, the creator and sustained of all that is and has been and all that ever will be, first lays his head not on silken sheets in a golden crib but in a well-used animal’s feeding bowl.

He who was and is and is to come, the Alpha and Omega, is revealed to poor shepherds in the backwater that was Bethlehem, wrapped in strips of roughly torn cloth, lying in a borrowed manger.

St John Chrysostom, the fourth century theologian, put it like this[ii]:

The Ancient of days becomes a new born infant. He who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in a manger. And He who cannot be touched, who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, now lies subject to the hands of men. He who has broken the bonds of sinners, is now bound by an infants’ bands . . .  ignominy becomes honour, infamy is clothed with glory and total humiliation is now the measure of his Goodness. 

The manger and the swaddling bands are not just colourful incidents in a Christmas story, but important elements in the story of Redemption.

Like the Magi-gifts of Gold and Frankincense and Myrrh, the manager and the swaddling bands embrace the whole of Salvation History, for the Great Little One who was laid in a borrowed manger and wrapped in swaddling bands is the One who was, thirty years later, laid in a borrowed tomb and wrapped in the binding cloths of death – the One whose flesh is the Bread of Life and whose blood is the cup of eternal salvation.

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection begins here in Bethlehem and the climax of our celebration of Christmas is not placing the Christ Child in the manger of a crib, but receiving bread and wine as we kneel before the altar.

The angels summoned shepherds to the Christ Child laid in a manager; the crucified, risen, ascended and glorified Christ now summons us to receive his body and blood in Holy Communion and to become, we ourselves become, the place where the Christ child is born; the place where he dwells; those in whom he dies and rises and through whom his Kingdom comes.

Welcome, all Wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span.
Summer to winter, day in night,
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little One! Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

Poor world (said I), what wilt thou do
To entertain this starry Stranger?
Is this the best thou canst bestow?
A cold, and not too cleanly, manger?
Contend, ye powers of heaven and earth
To fit a bed for this huge birth.

Proud world, said I; cease your contest
And let the mighty Babe alone.
The phoenix builds the phoenix' nest,
Love's architecture is his own.
The Babe whose birth embraves this morn,
Made His own bed ere He was born.

Happy Christmas!

In the Holy Nativity of our Lord, a Christmas poem by Richard Crashaw

 [CHORUS]
Come we shepherds, whose blest sight
Hath met love's noon in nature's night;
Come lift up our loftier song
And wake the sun that lies too long.

To all the world of well-stol'n joy
He slept; and dreamt of no such thing.
While we found out Heaven's fairer eye
And kissed the cradle of our King.
Tell him he rises now, too late
To show us aught worth looking at.

Tell him we now can show him more
Than he e'er showed to mortal sight;
Than he himself e'er saw before;
Which to be seen needs not his light.
Tell him, Tityrus, where thou hast been,
Tell him, Tityrus, what thou hast seen.

 [TITYRUS] Gloomy night embraced the place
Where the noble Infant lay.
The Babe looked up and showed His face;
In spite of darkness, it was day.
It was Thy day, Sweet! and did rise
Not from the East, but from Thine eyes.

 [CHORUS] It was Thy day, Sweet! and did rise
Not from the East, but from Thine eyes.

 [THYRSIS] Winter chid aloud; and sent
The angry North to wage his wars.
The North forgot his fierce intent,
And left perfumes instead of scars.
By those sweet eyes' persuasive powers,
Where he meant frost, he scattered flowers.

 [CHORUS] By those sweet eyes' persuasive powers,
Where he meant frost, he scattered flowers.

 [BOTH] We saw Thee in Thy balmy nest,
Young Dawn of our eternal day!
We saw Thine eyes break from Their East
And chase the trembling shades away.
We saw Thee; and we blessed the sight,
We saw Thee by Thine own sweet light.

 [TITYRUS] Poor world (said I), what wilt thou do
To entertain this starry Stranger?
Is this the best thou canst bestow?
A cold, and not too cleanly, manger?
Contend, ye powers of heaven and earth
To fit a bed for this huge birth.

 [CHORUS] Contend, ye powers of heaven and earth
To fit a bed for this huge birth.

 [THYRSIS] Proud world, said I; cease your contest
And let the mighty Babe alone.
The phoenix builds the phoenix' nest,
Love's architecture is his own.
The Babe whose birth embraves this morn,
Made His own bed ere He was born.

 

 [CHORUS] The Babe whose birth embraves this morn,
Made His own bed ere He was born.

 [TITYRUS] I saw the curled drops, soft and slow,
Come hovering o'er the place's head;
Offering their whitest sheets of snow
To furnish the fair Infant's bed:
Forbear, said I; be not too bold:
Your fleece is white, but 'tis too cold.

 [CHORUS] Forbear, said we; be not too bold:
Your fleece is white, but 'tis too cold.

 [THYRSIS] I saw the obsequious seraphims
Their rosy fleece of fire bestow.
For well they now can spare their wings,
Since heaven itself lies here below.
Well done, said I: but are you sure
Your down, so warm, will pass for pure?

 [CHORUS] Well done, said we: but are you sure
Your down, so warm, will pass for pure?

 [TITYRUS] No, no, your King's not yet to seek
Where to repose His royal head.
See, see, how soon His bloomed cheek
Twixt 's mother's breasts is gone to bed.
Sweet choice, said I! no way but so:
Not to lie cold, yet sleep in snow.

 [CHORUS] Sweet choice, said we! no way but so:
Not to lie cold, yet sleep in snow.

 [BOTH] We saw Thee in Thy balmy nest,
Young Dawn of our eternal day!
We saw Thine eyes break from Their East
And chase the trembling shades away.
We saw Thee; and we blessed the sight,
We saw Thee by Thine own sweet light.

 [CHORUS] We saw Thee; and we blessed the sight,
We saw Thee by Thine own sweet light.

 [FULL CHORUS]
 Welcome, all Wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span.
Summer to winter, day in night,
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little One! Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

Welcome, though nor to gold nor silk,
To more than Caesar's birthright is;
Twin sister-seas of virgin-milk,
With many rarely-tempered kiss
That breathes at once both maid and mother,
Warms in the one, cools in the other.

Welcome, though not to those gay flies,
Gilded in the beams of earthly kings,
Slippery souls in smiling eyes;
But to poor shepherds, home-spun things,
Whose wealth's their flock, whose wit, to be
Well read in their simplicity.

Yet when April's husband showers
Shall bless the fruitful Maia's bed,
We'll bring the first-born of her flowers
To kiss Thy feet and crown Thy head.
To Thee, dread Lamb! whose love must keep
The shepherds, more than they their sheep.

To Thee, meek Majesty! soft King
Of simple graces and sweet loves.
Each of us his lamb will bring,
Each his pair of silver doves;
Till burnt at last in fire of Thy fair eyes,
Ourselves become our own best sacrifice.

 

[i] Richard Crashaw 1612 – 1649.

[ii] St John Chrysostom, The Nativity Sermon

 

REGULAR MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Open to all, everyone warmly welcome

 

OPEN DOOR
Fortnightly, Tuesdays 2.30-4pm at St Marylebone Parish Church

An informal gathering over tea and coffee which provides an opportunity for Christian fellowship and discussion.   Please click on the year for the dates of meetings for
2019

 

MUSIC FOR THE MOMENT
Monthly, Fridays, 2.30pm tea and cake, 3pm concert at St Marylebone Parish Church and Wigmore Hall

Free concerts every month by Royal Academy of Music students.
Please join us before the concert for tea, cake and a chat.  People living with dementia, their friends and carers are warmly welcomed.
Please click here for the latest flyer with dates.

 

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES

On the first Sunday of each month at 4pm at St Marylebone Parish Church
Join us for our series of organ recitals on the famous Rieger organ.  The series features performances from a variety of guest artists alongside members of the church's music department.  Refreshments are served after each recital before the monthly choral healing service.
Admission is free.  Retiring collection. Recitals last approximately 45 minutes.
Please click on the year for the dates and details.
2019

 

AGE UK TEA AND CHAT AFTERNOONS

On the 3rd Thursday of each month, 2pm - 4pm at St Marylebone Parish Church

Every third Thursday of the month there is the opportunity to chat, get advice from AgeUK, take part in activities and listen to guest speakers all whilst enjoying tea and cake! 

 

 

Please click here for A Guide to Drop-in Gatherings in Central London

 

 

 

 
 
 
If you or a loved one are admitted to hospital and wish to speak with a Chaplain during such a stay, please refer to this list in order to find an appropriate person to call.
 
The clergy team at St Marylebone Parish Church are always happy to visit you or a loved one in hospital, before going into hospital and on returning home.

 

JOB VACANCIES

 

 

 

 

HR Officer

St Marylebone Parish Church wishes to appoint an experienced HR Officer for one day a week.

 

Contact

Claire Pinney
St Marylebone Parish Church
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LT

02079357315
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More Information

You will be based at the parish church and belong to a staff team of 15 and serve a vibrant parish church at the heart of central London and will:

  • make sure that staff get paid correctly and on time
  • administer pensions and benefits provision
  • approve job descriptions and advertisements
  • look after the health, safety and welfare of all employees
  • arrange First Aid, H&S, Fire Marshall training for staff
  • organise staff training sessions and activities
  • put in place and monitor a robust process of annual review and appraisal
  • monitor staff performance and attendance
  • advise line managers and other employees on employment law and the employer's own employment policies and procedures
  • ensure candidates have the right to work at the organisation
  • negotiate salaries, contracts, working conditions or redundancy packages with staff and representatives
  • handle complaints

 

We are offering a fte salary of £30k - £35k with pension. This is a permanent, part-time post (working 1 day a week). Holiday entitlement 6 days per annum. Please apply in writing saying why you think you would be suitable with an accompanying full CV.

Please click here for job description

 

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 30 September 2019
Interviews: Tuesday 15 October 2019

 

 

Finance Assistant

Part-time Finance Assistant, working 3 days per week, to join a small but busy finance team at St Marylebone Parish Church.

The post will involve the accurate maintenance and updating of financial records, processing of purchase orders, performing bank reconciliations, collating and processing information on Gift Aid donations and the updating of CRM records.

Applicants must have experience of basic financial procedures, a strong knowledge of SAGE accounting software and MS Excel. Experience in the use of CRM databases would also be advantageous. The ideal candidate should possess excellent communication skills, be able to work on their own initiative and display the potential to deputise for the Finance Officer when required.

Salary is pro-rata £22,000 - £24,000 pa (fte) according to experience and qualification. Holiday entitlement in based on a pro-rata of 20 days per annum and 8 days bank holiday.

For a full job description, please click here. To apply for this position send a CV along with a short covering letter, outlining the relevance of you experience, to Parish Administrator, St Marylebone Parish Church, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date for applications is 4th October 2019, with interviews scheduled for Wednesday 16th October 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St Marylebone Festival 
18 - 24 July 2020
 
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In anticipation of our Changing Lives project, the fourth St Marylebone Festival  (20-26 July 2019) continues our tradition of celebrating our parish's local community and the rich cultural heritage.
 
‘Come and Sing’ Marylebone resident Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man; and explore our connections with famous figures such as Judy Garland, Vaslav Nijinsky, Kathleen Ferrier and Ralph Vaughan Williams. You can transport yourself to a Marylebone of the past by listening to (and even dancing to) music from the 18th Century Pleasure Gardens of Old Marylebone,  and experience a 1920s Marylebone dinner and soirée on the final evening.
 
To coincide with the St Marylebone Festival we are also showing an exhibition of icons and other religious works by Gabrielle Boyle.  Entitled Heavenly Lightthe exhibition takes place in the Crypt Hall from 16th - 27th July 2019.  
 
Come and help us tell our story!
 
Click here for the Festival website
 
 
The Festival At A Glance
 
SATURDAY 20 JULY
2 - 7 pm: Come & Sing: The Armed Man (6 pm performance)
 
SUNDAY 21 JULY
11am - 12.30 pm: Festival Choral Eucharist
2 - 2.45 pm: Organ Duets: Stars & Stripes Forever
4.30 - 6 pm: Jazz In Marylebone: Inspired by Sidney Bechet
 
MONDAY 22 JULY
1 - 1.50 pm: Dancing with Nijinsky
3 - 5 pm: Screening: The Wizard Of Oz

6.45 pm - Pre concert talk by Gary Horrocks

7.30 - 9 pm: A Judy Garland Tribute
 
TUESDAY 23 JULY
1 - 1.50 pm: The Rossettis in Song
7.30 - 9 pm: On Wenlock Edge - A Vaughan Williams Celebration
 
WEDNESDAY 24 JULY
1 - 1.50 pm: Contemporary Composers in Conversation
7.30 - 9 pm: The San Francisco Girls Chorus
 
THURSDAY 25 JULY
10:30am - 12pm: Highland Dance Workshop
1 - 1.50 pm: The Pheasant’s Eye: Scottish Baroque Dance Music
7.30 - 9 pm: Kathleen Ferrier WHATTALIFE!
 
FRIDAY 26 JULY
1 - 1.50 pm: Songs And Airs From The Pleasure Gardens
6.30/7.45 - 9.15 pm: Between the Wars: A Roaring Twenties Soirée
6.30 pm    Pre-concert Supper (if booked)
7.45 pm    The Soirée!

 

 

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Christmas 2018

      

#FollowTheStar is the Church of England's 2018 Christmas campaign.  Thousands of Christmas services and events will be taking place in parish churhces all over the Diocese of London in the run up to Christmas - as well as here at St Marylebone Parish Church.

 

Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu write:
 
"For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.
 
For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists. Many others can find it a sad and lonely time - nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media.
 
But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby Jesus, #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey."

 
 
 

 

Carol Services, Concerts and Services

for Advent, Christmas 2018 and Epiphany 2019

 

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Many of the services listed here are free, but some are ticketed and it is always best to check details with the sponsoring organisation first to avoid disappointment.  Click here for the complete list.

 
 
The St Marylebone Festival 2020
18 - 24 July 2020
 
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An Exhibition & Sale of Prints
by Katyuli Lloyd
2nd August - 22nd September 2019
 
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Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm 
Saturdays from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm
in the Crypt Hall.
(Access via lift or stairs)
 
The Crypt Hall is often occupied for meetings so please check with Parish Office (020 7935 7315 or 07809330592) before planning your visit.
 
 
 
 

Art Exhibitions in the Crypt Hall

The Crypt Gallery is available for hire throughout the year for art exhibitions.

 

The Crypt Hall in St Marylebone Parish Church hosts a year-round programme of art exhibitions. Its fabulous central London location close to Baker Street and Marylebone High Street is perfect for promoting the work of a wide variety of exhibitors. This very well presented space in the crypt of the parish church is situated in a vibrant and busy central London location, benefiting from large amounts of public foot flow.

Gallery space seats 60 people, standing reception up to 150 people.

For more information please download the flyer here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

 

Meditation on time

 

 

The meticulous drawings are imagined cross-sections of the trees in the churchyard

 

The trees in the Church Garden were the inspiration behind an art exhibition. In June 2018, 'A Meditation on time' showcased drawings of seeds found in the grounds around St Marylebone Church Garden.

After working in finance Patricia Swanell decided to follow her heart and study art full time, doing both her BA and MA at City and Guilds of London Art School.

Patricia’s delicate graphite drawings matched the current profile and circumference of each tree. At the centre of each drawing was a seed or cutting from a tree that represented both the starting point of the tree and its future. The passage of time was subtly portrayed through rings of writing repeating that tree’s characteristics – common name, Latin name, location and the date – echoing the endless repetition of the seasons through time.

You can see a film of Patricia Swannell’s work here:

 https://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-04-19/a-meditation-on-time

 
 
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