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  • Chris Williams

Tuesday 1st September - Icon of the Day

‘In essentials, unity

In nonessentials, liberty

In all things, charity’

Quoted by Pope John XXIII in his first encyclical, ‘Ad Petri cathedram’ of 1959; original author uncertain but known variants date from 17th Century.


Image: Loaves and Fishes - Feeding the 5000. Sculptors: John Skelton, Helen Mary Skelton. Installed in 1987 in Brighthelm Church & Community Centre, Brighton, East Sussex.

Photo: Anthony McIntosh, edited in this version under NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales licence.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for this month, today we pray for teachers and staff preparing to reopen schools.


Please donate if you can!

In these unprecedented times, St Mary’s is reaching out and supporting our community in many ways, especially online. But with Services in church cancelled, we no longer receive income from collections, nor from hiring out the church and hall buildings.

If you can help us financially to continue to offer Christ's love to our community in these difficult times, as those before us have done down the centuries, please consider making a donation by debit/credit card and to Gift Aid it if possible, by clicking this link to 'givealittle':

Thank you!


If you would like to contribute to these reflections, please do email Katherine Cox at



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