The three Kings at the crib at the Grail Community in Winchester
Going into the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling to their knees they did him homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2
Photo courtesy of Tim Redmond
The flight into Egypt: wood carving in the Lady Chapel at St Peter’s
Photo courtesy of Joe Low
Christmas pictures from St Stephen’s, courtesy of the Tutton family:
poinsettias at St Stephen’s to remember the dead
The crib at St Stephen’s
Advent wreath at St Stephen’s
For more Christmas pictures, scroll down or click here.
The Feast of St Stephen
of course fell on 26th December, and was celebrated with a special Mass at our church of St Stephen in Oliver’s Battery.
St Stephen was the first martyr and was a Deacon in the early church at Jerusalem. He is mentioned in Acts of the Apostles as one of the first seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to distribute food and charitable aid to members of the early church community.
St Stephen is the patron saint of Deacons and stonemasons. His Feast Day is also the day we give thanks for the ministry of altar servers in the Guild of St Stephen, an International Organisation of Altar Servers.
In Western Christianity, 26 December is called “St. Stephen’s Day”, and the “Feast of Stephen” and is mentioned in the English Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”.
For the full story of St Stephen and more information, please click here.
This Thursday, 8th January there’ll be another meeting of
The Pie Club
at the Pastoral Centre from about 12.30.
The idea for the Pie Club is that it provides another opportunity for parishioners and friends of Hamphire Downs to meet regularly (approximately monthly) to get to know each other and share interests and, of course, food. There is a two-course home-cooked lunch (featuring a pie) and then a talk, discussion or activity, with plenty of time for socializing too.
Here are the December participants, eating….
…. and enjoying a demonstration of mince-pie making (and eating), courtesy of Hampshire Downs own Clare Flynn….
Do come along and join us – all welcome!
More photos here and here.
Pictures courtesy of John Thornhill