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29th March

Gospel Reading for Passion Sunday

John 11:1-45
11:1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
11:2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.
11:3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill."
11:4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
11:5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,
11:6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
11:7 Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."
11:8 The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?"
11:9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.
11:10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them."

11:11 After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him."
11:12 The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right."
11:13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
11:15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
11:16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
11:17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
11:19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
11:20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.

11:21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
11:22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him."
11:23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
11:24 Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."
11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
11:26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
11:27 She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world."
11:28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."
11:29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.

11:31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
11:32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
11:34 He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see."
11:35 Jesus began to weep.
11:36 So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
11:37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
11:38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
11:39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days."
11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me.
11:42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me."
11:43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
11:44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
11:45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


Collect for Passion Sunday

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



24th March

Dear Friends
It is with regret that we have had to close the church for private prayer. The Bishop of Carlisle, on the instruction of the Archbishops and following Government guidance, has ordered all Church of England buildings to close until further notice.
I am at present working from the parish office but that may have to stop shortly.
Things are changing daily and I will keep you fully informed. 
Take care and keep safe.

22nd March

Dear Friends,
In am writing this letter to you all on Mothering Sunday.
We are in a worldwide pandemic caused by the corona virus and facing severe restrictions. We are having to social distance ourselves from people and our movements are restricted. Many public buildings including cafes, pubs and restaurants are now closed. Our churches are closed for public worship.
We are in a situation never experienced by anyone before.
We all need to do our bit to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and those around us. Everyone is in the same boat and we are sharing these dark days together.
For many of you, I know, not to be able to come to church is difficult and a huge miss to you and indeed all of us.
Over the last couple of days I have been speaking to wedding couples and baptism families to explain the guidance to them with regard to weddings and baptisms and many have postponed. This is especially difficult for couples just weeks off their wedding and having to change their plans suddenly. The guidance is that no more than five attending a wedding. This includes the couple, the vicar and two witnesses. No organist or church staff to be present.
Rest assured although the church is closed for public services it is not closed to pastoral care. The parish office is open each day together with St Cuthbert’s Church. The church is available for private prayer and reflection and each morning at 10.00 am I will say Morning Prayer in St Cuthbert’s. At 5.00pm I will say Evening Prayer at St Aidan’s. This will be every day where possible starting from today. I will be in the parish office for a couple of hours to answer the phone messages left and speak to as many people as possible on the phone to maintain pastoral contact.
If any one is in self isolation a needs shopping or any else please ring the parish office on 01228 521982 and leave a message if no one answers. I have an army of volunteers who have kindly offered to help with such needs as may arise.
From next Sunday, Passion Sunday, we are hoping to live stream a Sunday service from one of our churches. I will be recording messages each Sunday which for those with no internet access can have a CD sent to them.  Jerry King is assisting me with this and there will only be the two of us in church to make this happen but available to many on social media.
I will be sending regular updates to the website.
Today, Mothering Sunday, was the day when all Christians would visit their Mother Church to give thanks for family and friendship and give thanks to God. Sadly, we cannot do this this year and indeed cannot visit our loved one either.
I have attached also the collect for Mothering Sunday. Which is on the website for you own daily prayer this week.
You all in my thoughts and prayers and keep safe and May God be with you.
Collect for Mothering Sunday
God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bring together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

18th March

Bishop James  contacted all the clergy yesterday with the latest update from the Church of England.  It has been decided to suspend all public worship in all Church of England premises from today.  I await an update with regard to public offices i.e. baptisms, weddings and funerals and will inform you of that decision as soon as it arrives although I have had a number of baptisms that are now cancelled in light of the national concern.  I am aware that these are challenging times and the situation is changing daily but be assured that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.  I do intend to keep St Cuthbert’s church open as a place for prayer and I will be in the parish office each day in case people are needing to self-isolate and I need to make necessary pastoral phone calls.   If anyone wants to contact me then please tell them to do so.
Tel: 01228 521982
Many thanks and God bless.

Friday Coffee mornings are cancelled until further notice



The Church stands not east-west but square to the Roman Road north through Carlisle (the A6, in town Blackfriars St). It is therefore of early foundation, perhaps before St Cuthbert's visit to Carlisle in 685. The present Church, probably the fourth on the site, dates from 1778.
It has a unique moving pulpit, a fourteenth century window, a window commemorating our hospitality to a Latvian Lutheran congregation, and a very attractive series of windows depicting the life of St Cuthbert. It is open every day from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (see above). Our motto is: "Christian Hospitality"

Our address is: St. Cuthbert's Church, Blackfriars Street, Carlisle,  CA3 8UE

Telephone: Parish Office 01228 521982   Tithe Barn Bookings  07484081255