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The Lantern The Parish Magazine of S. Andrew’s, Deal

MARY MAGDALENE, PENITENT (detail from wooden polychrome sculpture by Donatello, 1454.)

JULY, 2012 visit us at www.dealstandrews.org.uk


Who’s Who in the Parish Parish Priest: The parish is in an interregnum

Honorary Assistant Clergy: Father Ian Shackleton SSC 01304 379773 Father Roger Marsh SSC 01304 362851

Churchwardens: Peter Gibson 01304 380860 Waveney Brooks 01304 367961

PCC Officers PCC Secretary: PCC Treasurer: Electoral Roll:

Ali Robertson Mike Carey Bryan Evans

Director of Music: Tim Woodhead Lantern editor:

Peter Gibson

The Parish Office: S. Andrew’s Church, West Street, Deal CT14 6DY (01304) 381131 - Email: Office@dealstandrews.org.uk The Parish Office is not manned full-time but mail and telephone messages are checked every day. The Parish of S. Andrew, North Deal is in the Diocese of Canterbury in the Church of England.


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In Church each week at S. Andrew’s Matins is said at 8 am on Saturdays; otherwise at 9 am. on weekdays. Evensong is said at 6 pm. Sunday

Monday

8.00 am 10.00 am 6.00 pm 10.00 am

Low Mass (Book of Common Prayer) Parish Mass (Common Worship) Evensong (BCP) and Benediction Low Mass

Tuesday

9.30 am

Low Mass

Wednesday

10.00 am

Low Mass

Thursday

12.00 noon Low Mass

Friday 6.30 pm Low Mass (a priest is normally available before and after the service for spiritual counsel.) Saturday

8.30 am

Low Mass

On Festivals and Holy Days, service times may vary - please see our Notice Board or website or website Holy Baptism, Weddings and Funerals Please contact Father Ian Shackleton on 01304 379773 for inquiries about any of these services.


Father Ian writes ...... The concentric circles eddying ever wider when a stone is dropped into a still pond aptly represents the make-up of families. At the very centre is what we call the 'nuclear family'; parents and children. Extending outwards are the uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents (or grandchildren), in-laws, relatives 'twice removed' and so on. Like the concentric ripples in the pond, it is hard if not impossible to draw a finishing line or to say 'This is where it ends'. The Church, too, is a family with 'extensions'. At the centre are the Communicants, those who have received the sacrament of Confirmation and receive Holy Communion at Mass, together with the baptised who, at their baptism, are 'received into the congregation of Christ's flock.' It is not an exclusive family however; it has lots of friends and acquaintances both intimate and casual. It is a family that extends love and welcome to everyone unconditionally. As has been said before on these pages, the Parish Church is here for everyone family, friends, even foes. Our dear Bishop Norman will visit S. Andrew's on Wednesday 18th July. Here, at 7pm, he will administer the sacrament of Confirmation to a good number of adults and children. Confirmation can be seen on two levels. Firstly, it provides an opportunity for the candidates publicly to ratify or confirm on their own behalf the promises made for them at their Baptism. On a higher level the Bishop, standing as he does, within the direct line of Apostolic authority, bestows upon each candidate the gift or 'charism' of the Holy Spirit as each is received into the very centre of the Church's family as a communicant. Thus the local family is increased, the community of mutual love is extended, and the capacity to extend that love to more distant family members is enhanced. As society in general becomes increasingly de-personalised, the role of the Parish Church comes more clearly into focus. For within the ambience of God's love, each individual matters, and each individual affirmed, treasured and, above all, loved. We offer that love at the Altar, and there, strengthened and renewed, it flows outward again to embrace all who seek it. And that has to be a Good Thing.


Kids’ Movie Club ( ages 5 to 11 ) in

S. Andrew's Hall 7th and 21st July at 2.00pm

Free entry Refreshments 50p Parents welcome

Mums and Toddlers

at St. Andrew’s every Wednesday (during school term-time)

9.30 to 11.30 am


Coffee Concerts at Saint Andrew’s at 11.00 am 2nd July: The Cambini Ensemble play Mozart 9th July: Les Petits Vents with music for Brass Quartet Coffee, Biscuits and Beautiful Music FREE Admission with retiring collection

S. Andrew’s Gift Day Saturday 28th July 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Please bring your donation to the Church or to the Market. If you are a tax payer, please consider GIFT AID. Thanks to your generous donations at this time last year and during the succeeding months, we are approaching our target of •12K to repair the guttering and the windows in the roof; this will make the church water-tight for the winter.

Our next target is •30,000! This sum is needed if we are to prevent the important Victorian stained glass windows from deteriorating even further.

Please help to maintain your heritage.


The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem Occasionally, at Evensong I wear a mozetta (a shoulder length cape) over my cotta or surplice. It is black, lined with green and has a large green and gold Maltese cross on the left hand side. I have been asked why I wear it and what is it about, so here is a brief explanation. A few years ago I was asked as to whether I should like to be proposed as a member of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. I did not know anything about the Order, but had seen a few priests wearing the mozetta from time to time. I suppose I thought it to be just another bit of high church foppery. Not so. There is a good deal about leprosy in the Bible and a number of accounts of lepers being healed in the Old Testament and by Jesus in the Gospels. It was the most feared disease of biblical times, as seen in the film Ben Hur, but it has not been confined to those times. Before the Crusades started in the Middle Ages, Christians had founded a hospice in Jerusalem itself for the care of those who caught the disease. It spared no one as princes and paupers alike caught the disease. In 1147 Baldwin, a leper, became king of Jerusalem and was admired by all for his bravery and skill as a soldier. He features in the film The Kingdom of Heaven. By the eleventh century an order of chivalry had been founded for those knights who had contracted leprosy and they took as their patron saint Lazarus of Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem. He, the brother of Martha and Mary was a dear friend of Jesus. He caught the disease, died and was raised from the dead by Jesus. The Order had, (and has) two aims: to fight for Christianity and was therefore Military, and also to care for all with the disease and was therefore Hospitaller. Leprosy is still widespread around the world and particularly common in Africa. Today the Order is non-political, ecumenical and open to men and women who are Christians and wish to help those suffering from leprosy, and these days, also HIV Aids. The Order is not large numerically, circa 5000. Members promise to pay an annual obligation and are admitted to a local commandery. The Grand Master is a Spanish marquis; the Earl of Shrewsbury heads the Order in England, but the rest of us are ordinary enough. Some may achieve the ranks of knight, dame, knight grand cross or whatever within the Order but the clergy remain just chaplains. There are


cloaks, banners, badges and medals too. But at the heart is a solemn vow. At an Investiture all are reminded to consider the Cross, our badge and inspiration. It is of gold, symbolising charity, it is green to symbolise hope and it has eight points to exhort all to those virtues we call the Beatitudes, namely to have: contempt for riches, gentleness of spirit, sympathy and compassion, zeal for justice, mercy and pity, purity of heart, peace of mind and bearing of persecution for righteousness’ sake. Each point bears a gold orb, representing the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the true reward for great and good deeds. Fr Roger

Shirley & Marcy A mother was concerned about her infant son walking to school; he did not want his mother to walk with him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence, but yet know that he was safe. So she had an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbour if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he would not notice her. The neighbour said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well so she agreed. The next school day the neighbour and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbour’s girl he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy’s little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Finally she said to Timmy, ‘Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?” Timmy nonchalantly replied “Yeah I know who she is.” The little girl said “Well who is she?” “That’s Shirley Goodnest” Timmy replied “and her daughter Marcy.” “Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?” “Well” Timmy explained “every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers cos she worries about me so much. And in the Psalm it says “Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life. So I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.” (Contributed by a parishioner)


What’s On in July and August. Friday 29th June

DEAL FESTIVAL OPENS

Sunday 1st July

10.00am DEAL FESTIVAL MASS Preacher: The Rt Revd Michael Turnbull, former Bishop of Rochester and of Durham.

Monday 2nd July

10am - 4pm CHURCH OPEN ALL WEEK

Monday 2nd July

11.00 am Coffee Concert

Saturday 7th July

2.00 pm Kids’ Movie Club, Church Hall.

Monday 9th July

11.00 am Coffee Concert

Saturday 21st July

2.00 pm Kids’ Movie Club, Church Hall.

Saturday 28th July

9am - 4pm S. ANDREW’S GIFT DAY. In Church or at the Market.

Clarification In the June issue of The Lantern , reference was made in A Healing Story to the National Federation of Spiritual Healers. A reader has asked it to be made clear that, unlike the Dorothy Kerin Home of Healing and the Churches’ Guild of Health also referred to, this Federation, aka The Healing Trust, does not offer a Christian Ministry of Healing. Its website says that it is non-denominational and that it perceives ‘spiritual healing as a natural energy therapy that complements conventional medicine by treating the whole person mind, body and spirit. Healers are thought to act as a conduit for healing energy, the benefits of which can be felt on many levels, including the physical.’ Editor


2012 Para Olympics. The article below was submitted by Pat Thompsett-Jones. I think readers will agree that Mr Gove need not worry about standards at Worth Primary.


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Saint Mary Magdalene The startling image on the front cover is that of S. Mary Magdalene, Penitent. Some have seen in the depiction the ravages of disease, but I would suggest that the sculptor, the Florentine master Donatello, is representing the image of a human being who has embraced fasting for many years in penitence for sins committed, and is resolved to continue in this path until the Lord and Master she served faithfully on earth calls her to Him at her death. The tradition of Mary Magdalene as a hardened sinner prior to her calling by Christ was established in the Western (Roman) church by Pope Gregory the Great in a homily he gave in AD 591. 'She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary, we believe to be Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark. .......it is clear, brothers, that the woman previously used the unguent to perfume her flesh in forbidden acts.' It may not be clear to us why Pope Gregory should conflate three separate biblical narratives where the only common denominator is that each woman was called 'Mary' to prove that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute unless we see it as part of the denigration of women by men which begins in the book of Genesis and continues down to the present. In any case in 1969, during the papacy of Paul VI, the Vatican silently rejected the tradition established by Pope Gregory so that Mary of Magdala was no longer believed to be the 'the sinful woman' nor to be Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus.) The Eastern (Orthodox) church was much more sensible from the outset. Not for them the penitent prostitute. Instead, Mary Magdalene was honoured as one of the first witnesses of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, who received a special commission from him to tell the apostles of His Resurrection. It is the evangelist, S. John, who in his gospel makes the Magdalene's role most explicit. Mary is described standing outside the empty tomb weeping. 'She turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?' Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, 'Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him and I will take him away.'


Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned and said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabboni!' (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, 'Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord'; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20 vv 14 - 18) Luke's version is slightly different from John's but we should note that he writes, 'Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them that told this to the apostles,' and this is echoed in Matthew and in Mark. Clearly Mary Magdalene is the leader of the group of female disciples who follow Christ, as Peter is of the male apostles. From the tenth century onwards the Roman church promoted the title for Mary Magdalene of 'Apostles to the Apostles', while still seeing her as a symbol of penitence. In England 176 mediaeval churches were dedicated to her, a number of hospitals and colleges at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Her Feast Day is on the 22nd July. How should we remember her today? Firstly, perhaps, as leader of a large group of women in the Gospels who were just as assiduous in their response to Our Lord's call as Andrew, Peter, James and John and the rest. We might pray that the spiritual gifts of women are fully recognised and valued by the universal church. Secondly, as a penitent, because we all need to repent of our sins and to seek God's forgiveness. And lastly, as the female disciple who like John, the beloved, was especially close to our Lord, praying that we too may put Him at the centre of our lives. The Editor

From the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.


Something for younger people When you come to Church do you notice what colour is being worn by the clergy and used to decorate the altar? If you do notice the changes of colour do you know what they represent? Now that Pentecost (Whitsun) has passed the main colour to be used is green. It is the colour of ordinary time. It is the everyday colour when no special festival or season is being celebrated. You will have noticed that at the time of the Jubilee a lot of people wore clothes of red, white and blue to show their wanting to be part of the Queen’s celebrations. Some people put out bunting and hung Union Flags outside of their houses. More often people show their particular loyalties on sports occasions. Chelsea fans wear blue and Arsenal fans wear red and so forth. When nations compete against each other, national colours and emblems are displayed. We shall see a great deal of that at the Olympic Games this summer. Back to Church. The colours change to show our mood. Are we celebrating something happy or sad? Just over 500 years ago a colour code was generally accepted. Up and till that time the best hangings and vestments (priestly robes) were worn at festivals and poorer and worn ones were put on at sad times irrespective of their colour. Nowadays the code is usually white and gold for great festivals like Christmas and Easter and on happy occasions like weddings. On sad times when we remember our sins purple and to a lesser extent now blue and black are used times. So purple is worn in Advent leading up to Christmas, in Lent leading up to Good Friday and Easter, at funerals and when the priest hears our confession. (In some English churches unbleached cloth stencilled with pictures to do with Jesus’ death are used instead of purple. This is called Lenten array and can be seen at Westminster Abbey among other places.) Red is the colour of the Holy Spirit and is worn at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was seen to descend upon the disciples in the form of tongues of fire. It is often used at confirmation services when those being confirmed are receiving the Holy Spirit in a special way. It also reminds us of blood, so it is worn (Continued on page 18.)


on Good Friday and the days when we remember saints who died for the faith. We call these people martyrs. Red is also a symbol of kingship and therefore used on Palm Sunday for Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Lastly, blue is usually associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a colour used to decorate the Lady Chapel of a church and to trim the vestments which are mainly white/gold worn on her several feast days. Just as we dress to suit our mood or the occasion to which we are going, so the Church dresses herself to reflect the mood of the season it is commemorating. Watch out for those changes of colour and think to yourself, “Why is the church dressed like this today?”

Fr Roger

Jubilee Celebrations at S. Andrew’s. On Sunday 3rd June we joined together with the Mayor of Deal, members of the Town Council and representatives of the uniformed organisations to give thanks for Her Majesty the Queen’s sixty year reign. The standards of the Royal Naval Association and the Royal Air Force Association were on parade and placed in the Sanctuary. The service opened with a special Bidding Prayer. This was followed by Festal Evensong and concluded with a homily from Fr Ian and prayers for Her Majesty and the Commonwealth led by Fr Roger. The choir sang the anthem by Jeremiah Clarke, , which was composed for the Coronation of Queen Anne in 1702. The service was followed by drinks in the hall. On the next day, there was a Garden Party held in the Church grounds. We were delighted that in spite of the constant threat of rain a large number of people joined us for a traditional tea party with fun and games for the children (both large and small.) There was a Sack race, an Egg and Spoon race, and a Scavenge Hunt in the grounds, rounded off in the hall with Pass the Parcel. Particularly popular with adults and children alike was the Frog Race, a Victorian carpet game and the highlight of the afternoon for the children seemed to be the Scooter time trials conducted in pouring rain. A collection raised „130 for the Martha Trust. The Editor


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Lawyers at Large - again. Further verbatim extracts from court examinations. Q.

Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q. A. Q.

So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th? Yes And what were you doing at that time?

Q. A. Q. A. Q.

She had three children, right? Yes How many were boys None Were there any girls?

Q. A. Q.

How was your first marriage terminated? By death And by whose death was it terminated?

A. Q.

He was about medium height and had a beard Was this a male or a female?

Q.

A.

Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? No this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q. A.

Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people? All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q, A.

All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to? Oral.

Q. A. Q. A.

Do you recall the time that you examined the body? The autopsy started around 8.30 p.m. And Mr Dennington was dead at the time? No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

Q.

Are you qualified to give a urine sample? (Contributed by a parishioner. Similar items welcomed.)


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