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Today's Gospel in Art - The man with the withered hand

Man with the Withered Hand, James Tissot, 1890 © Brooklyn Museum

Gospel of 22nd January 2020 - Mark 3:1-6 Jesus went into a synagogue, and there was a man there who had a withered hand. And they were watching him to see if he would cure him on the sabbath day, hoping for something to use against him. He said to the man with the withered hand, 'Stand up out in the middle!' Then he said to them, 'Is it against the law on the sabbath...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath

The Disciples Pick Corn on the Sabbath,  by Gustave Doré 1866-70 © Private Collection, London

Gospel of 21st January 2020 - Mark 2:23-28 One Sabbath day, Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to pick ears of corn as they went along. And the Pharisees said to him, 'Look, why are they doing something on the Sabbath day that is forbidden?' And he replied, 'Did you never read what David did in his time of need when he ...

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Celebration of Irish music, poetry and dancing at St James' Piccadilly

A 'Celebration of Irish music, poetry and dancing', hosted by the Irish Chaplaincy on the eve of St Brigid, will take place at St James' Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL on Friday, January 31st 2020. Doors 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Among the performers are:

London Celtic Youth Orchestra: Traditional Irish music and dancing.

Irish Pensioners Choir; Sean Ryan MBE:...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Nobody puts new wine into old wineskins

Don't put new wine into old wineskins, by Nicole Murray, 2014 © Nicole Murray Art, Australia

Gospel of 20th January 2020 - Mark 2:18-22 One day when John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, 'Why is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?' Jesus replied, 'Surely the bridegroom's attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them...

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Today's Gospel in Art - My child, your sins are forgiven

Confessional, Study 49, by Michael Kenna, Chiesa Di Santa Maria Assunta, Minozzo, Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2015, © Michael Kenna, Courtesy of Beetles and Huxley

Gospel of 17th January 2020 - Mark 2:1-12 When Jesus returned to Capernaum, word went round that he was back; and so many people collected that there was no room left, even in front of the door. He was preaching the word to them when some people came bringing him a paralytic carried by four men, but as the crowd made it impossible to get the man to him, they stripped the roof over th...

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All Creation Waits at Salford Cathedral

All Creation Waits is a dance/theatre production coming to Salford Cathedral at 7pm on Saturday, 25 January. The show addresses the issue of climate change through an imaginative re-telling of the story of St Francis and St Clare, created by Claire Henderson Davis and Fraser Paterson with a script by Malcolm Guite and soundtrack by Gary Lloyd. St Francis and St Clare are performed by Claire Hen...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Feeling sorry for him, Jesus touched him

Christ Healing a Leper, by Rembrandt, 1650 © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Gospel of 16th January 2020 - Mark 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: 'If you want to' he said 'you can cure me.' Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. 'Of course I want to!' he said. 'Be cured!' And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Jesus immediately sent him away and sternly ordered him, 'Mind you say nothing to anyo...

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Southwark: Polish stars to perform in concert dedicated to Mary Mother of Jesus

Janusz Sikora-Sikorski KC*SG writes:

A Polish concert celebrating Mary the Mother of Jesus will take place in St Georges Cathedral, Southwark, London at 4pm on 23 May.

The 'Maryja Matka' (Mary Mother) concert, dedicated specially to all mothers, will feature spiritual and contemporary songs, sung in both English and Polish, solo and with choir, by an array of accomplished ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus must grow greater, I must grow smaller

Adoration of The Child Jesus by St John the Baptist,  by Lucas Cranach the Elder 1535 © Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid

Gospel of 11th January 2020 - John 3:22-30 Jesus went with his disciples into the Judaean countryside and stayed with them there and baptised. At the same time John was baptising at Aenon near Salim, where there was plenty of water, and people were going there to be baptised. This was before John had been put in prison.

Now some of John's disciples had opened a...

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Play: Power Luncheon

Power Luncheon by Wally Sewell Director: Anthony Shrubsall Producer: Lucy Appleby

Wally Sewell's new play, Power Luncheon, is a two man show depicting the developing relationship between King George VI (Peter Saracen) and his first minister Winston Churchill (Edmund Dehn), who used to meet weekly for private luncheons to discuss affairs of state. The a...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus cleans the leper

Jesus cleans the leper, Mosaic detail, 12thC, © Cathedral of the Assumption, Monreale, Sicily

Gospel of 10th January 2020 - Luke 5:12-16 Jesus was in one of the towns when a man appeared, covered with leprosy. Seeing Jesus he fell on his face and implored him. 'Sir,' he said 'if you want to, you can cure me.' Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him and said, 'Of course I want to! Be cured!' And the leprosy left him at once. He ordered him to tell no one, 'B...

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Today's Gospel in Art - This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen

Bicycle Wheel by Marcel Duchamp 1951 © Museum of Modern Art (Moma), New York

Gospel of 9th January 2020 - Luke 4:14-22

Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.

He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up to read and they handed ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - They saw Jesus walking on the lake

Christ Walking on the Waters, by Julius Sergius Von Klever - 1880

Gospel of 8th January 2020 - Mark 6:45-52 After the five thousand had eaten and were filled, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to Bethsaida, while he himself sent the crowd away. After saying goodbye to them he went off into the hills to pray. When evening came, the boat was far out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. He could see they...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The feeding of the five thousand

The Feeding of the Five thousand, by Joachim Patinir 1510, © Monasterio de El Escorial, Spain

Gospel of 7th January 2020 As Jesus stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length. By now it was getting very late, and his disciples came up to him and said, 'This is a lonely place and it is getting very late. So send them away, and they can go to the fa...

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