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18 January marked the first Sunday Chapel service of the year at St John’s and the Solemn Eucharist for Epiphany. As it was the School’s celebration of the visit of the Magi, the Epiphany crib was blessed and incensed at the start of the service. Alongside well-known Epiphany carols, the Chapel Choir sang the beloved anthem From the rising of the sun by FGA Ouseley. On this particular occasion, the School was delighted to welcome as visiting preacher Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon and Sacrist at Westminster Abbey, to deliver a sermon to the congregation.
Father Christopher focused on the notion of free speech. He raised the question “How free are we?” and explored the potential consequences of recognising the freedom of speech that, in theory, we should all have. He also reflected on the recent atrocities in Paris and the complexities that surround our attempts to survive and flourish amongst people of differing opinions, beliefs and world views.
Chapel stands at the very heart of St John’s and it was a privilege to have Fr Christopher give such a topical and thought-provoking sermon. To read Fr Christopher’s sermon in full, please click here.
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