Parish Letter

February

Well here we are in February already! At least the lighter evenings are becoming very evident and so, despite all we are hearing on the news, there is light on the horizon!

Let’s continue with the theme of “light”… At the beginning of February we will be remembering the “Presentation of Christ in the Temple” when we reflect on Jesus being presented by his earthly parents at the Temple in Jerusalem, 40 days after his birth where he was shown to his people as a sign of his coming among us – sharing his light.

Another title for this day is Candlemas recalling the lights in the Temple at Jerusalem. At Ripon Cathedral there will be a Candlemas Procession of people carrying lit candles reminding us of John’s gospel, where Jesus says that he is the light of the world, and that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. The end of the procession includes a response that reminds us that we are to bear Christ’s light saying “Let us shine with the light of your love”.

The challenge is for each one of us to hold the light for those unable to hold the light for themselves, for those who are struggling with life, facing uncertainties and ill health. May we have the privilege to be their light bearers.

Chris Eyes
For Joint Benefice Churchwardens