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Blessing of the Diaries & New Year Resolutions

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Dear [First Name]

Just a reminder of the services tomorrow at St Mary's. In the secular calendar it is New Year's Day. In the church calendar it is a feast day - the Naming of Jesus. Both of these themes will be woven into the worship which takes place at 8.30 am and 10.30 am.

Note that there is no Evensong on 1 January 2017. Choral Evensong begins again on 8 January 2017 at 6.30 pm

We will continue our tradition of blessing diaries on New Year's Day. Please bring diaries (mobiles, tablets, laptops etc) to be blessed as be consecrate our time for the year ahead. This year the Blessing of  the Diaries will be performed by Bishop Gregor at the end of the 10.30 am Sung Eucharist.

The lovely festival of Epiphany when we remember the arrival at Bethlehem of wise folk from the East falls next Friday - 6 January 2017 and there will be a Choral Mass at 7.30 pm. During this service there will be an exchange of greetings with some of our local Muslim friends.

There are resources available for anyone wanting to take up bible reading as a new year resolution. The Vice Provost is again making his "Read the Bible in a Year" challenge available through a leaflet in church. For those who have completed that or who want to read in a different way, I've also got a Kalendar of Daily Bible readings for sale. These are the readings that we use at Morning Prayer in St Mary's are set out in an easy to use way for anyone who wants to join in using those readings. There's more about this on my blog and the Kalendar can either be purchased online on there or be bought directly from me for £3 a copy.

There will be a workshop on 11 February 2017 on developing a simple daily spiritual practice of bible reading and prayer. More details on that will be published on the cathedral website in the new year.

The details for the God Factor (our course for beginners and enquirers into the Christian Faith) are available now on the website along with a sign up form. First meeting is 12 February 2017.

Before all that, there's a Rough Guide to St Mary's for anyone new to the congregation or wanting to know more about it taking place on 28 January 2017. Details are again available online:

All good wishes for the new year when it comes.



The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth
Provost - St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow



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