Saint Thomas the Apostle

Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas, the Apostle. Saint Thomas is especially interesting because in spreading the Gospel he left the Mediterranean area completely and established churches thousands of miles away on the Malabar Coast in south-west India. He is also believed to have preached the Gospel in China and possibly Indonesia. There is…

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New Monthly Multi-Lingual Services from Blackburn Diocese

This Sunday 5th July, on the Diocese of Blackburn’s YouTube channel at 9 o’clock, Rev’d Sarah Siddique Gill, Vicar of St Stephen’s and St James’ Blackburn will lead a multi-lingual service which will be repeated every first Sunday of the month thereafter. “The truth is that Christianity is a global religion,” says Sarah, who was born…

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Saint Etheldreda (Saint Audrey)

Today is Saint Etheldreda’s day. St. Etheldreda, Æthelthryth or Audrey was Queen of Northumbria. She was born around 630 and was part of the generation which followed Saint Oswald. She was born just before he died at the battle of Maserfield. Etheldreda wanted to become a nun but, as was often the case for daughters of nobles,…

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Saint Alban

Today, 22nd June, is Saint Alban’s day. Saint Alban is remebered as the first British martyr. Saint Alban lived in Verulamium, near modern St. Alban’s in Hertfordshire sometime during the 3rd or 4th century, that is some 300 years or more before our own Saint Oswald of Northumbria. There was enormous change between the time…

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