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Holy Trinity Sloane Square

and St. Saviour Upper Chelsea
Weekly News
Sunday 2 February 2020
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
This week's REFLECTION
Malachi 3. 1-5 · Psalm 23: 7-10 · Hebrews 2.14-end · Luke 2.22-40
 The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

This morning we are marking the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, or Candlemas.

The earliest reference to a celebration of this feast is provided by the intrepid pilgrim nun Egeria. When she visited Jerusalem in the years 381-384, she reported of a solemn ceremony with a candlelit procession to the Church of the Resurrection and a sermon on Luke 2: 22.

The Emperor Justinian ordered its observance of this feast in Constantinople in the year 542 in thanksgiving for the end of the plague. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this Presentation is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church.

The Feast of the Presentation spread slowly in the West, and did not become important enough to find a place in the secular calendar. The English poet Robert Herrick (1591-1674) recalled how on this day Christmas decorations of greenery, including all traces of berries and holly, were removed from people’s homes.

This was the day to remove the cattle from the hay meadows and from the field that was to be ploughed and sown that spring. People believed that the weather at Candlemas predicted the weather for the following winter: good weather at Candlemas meant severe weather the next winter. An old English song goes:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Come winter, have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,
Go winter and come not again.
- Patrick Comerford


Winter Lunch to warm the heart

It may be cold outside but there's a delicious menu in store for you at our Winter Lunch next month. We will be sampling a new restaurant in Belgravia - LIV in Holbein Place, a short walk from Holy Trinity Church.

The Lunch, next week - Sunday 9 February at 1pm - includes a two-course meal and Tea or Coffee for just £22.50 per person. Drinks are not included. There are only a few places left!

  • Avocado & tomato bruschetta or
  • Cauliflower soup with hot smoked salmon or
  • Arancini,  pumpkin & sage, with aioli
Main course
  • Traditional fish pie with buttered peas or
  • Slow cooked lamb with peas, bacon & onions or
  • Red lentil fritters, pea puree, herb yoghurt
If you would like to come please call or e-mail our Parish Administrator Sophie Wilson to book a place and choose your courses. However, you must pay for your meal by MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY.

'The world will be saved by beauty'

Beauty attracts us, evokes wonder and joy in us. We fall in love with beauty, sing its praises and want to stay in its presence.

The novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in his novel 'The Idiot' that 'the world will be saved by beauty'. For the Christian, we see perfect beauty in the face of Jesus Christ. As Hans Holbein the Younger's stark and shocking painting of 'The Dead Christ in the Tomb' suggests, this is not always what the world regards as beautiful.

We are beginning 2020 at Holy Trinity by exploring the beauty of God and what it calls us to be and do in the 21st century as individuals and as a community in a series of sermons on Sunday mornings.

This Sunday (February 2), Fr. Grant will address the topic, 'The Beauty of Worship'.

Join us in contemplation, discussion and prayer as we undertake this journey together and share your thoughts by writing to me at

Where do you find beauty? What draws you to the beauty of Jesus Christ? How do we become beautiful? How can we craft a more beautiful world?

Fr. Nicholas Wheeler

...a rising star!

Piano Recital by Ischico Velzel – February 2, 2:30-3:30pm

This Sunday afternoon, we have the great pleasure to welcome Dutch national Ischico Velzel, 24, who will be performing a varied programme of piano masterpieces. Repertoire is to include Mendelssohn's Variations sérieuses and other works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Scarlatti. Entrance is free, and it will be a great opportunity to show support for a rising star!

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021

It is always very moving to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there is so much to see and experience and learn together. St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and the one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’

We invite you to come and know this for yourselves whether you are new to the Holy Land or have been many times before; there are always new sights and sounds to reflect upon. Reading the gospels will never be the same again and by visiting the Holy Land we are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters there too. To have the chance to meet the ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the ongoing, living church in the region, is humbling.

Our pilgrimage will include the sites where the most important events in Our Lord’s life and ministry took place: in Jerusalem and the surrounding area and further north in Galilee. We hope that if you have never been on pilgrimage to the Holy Land before you will choose to join us and, if you have been before, we welcome you back. Our journey is a life changing as well as faith changing experience. We invite you to journey with us and to share in this great opportunity to see those places we read of in the Scriptures.

The cost is £1,995 sharing a twinbedded/double room with ensuite bathroom. We stay in two religious guest houses - St Andrew’s in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City and in Galilee we stay at the popular Pilgerhaus in Tabgha right on the lakeside. The tour is on a full-board basis with buffet breakfast, lunch and evening meal included daily. Touring is by airconditioned coach and we will be accompanied by a local guide who will share leadership responsibilities and look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc. All entrance fees are included as well as gratuities.

For more information, see the brochure in church or contact

Free Teatime Concerts

The Free Teatime Concert series continues this Monday.  Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection. The series runs every Monday until 2 March. We have a stellar line-up of local and national talent. See you there! Please pick up a few flyers from the desk and give them to your friends and family or put them in a library near you.

Intermission Youth Theatre becomes a New Charity

We are pleased to announce that the Intermission Youth Theatre has become part of a newly-formed charitable company, Intermission Youth. The Parochial Church Council of The Parish of Holy Trinity and St Saviour, Upper Chelsea established the youth theatre project in 2008 and remains proud of its association with this excellent project. The decision was taken to enable the project to enter a new chapter as an independent entity for the benefit of its future operational and developmental needs. The PCC would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated staff and contributors whose tireless efforts have already helped so many and will continue to do so much for the community and its members.


Sunday 2  February 2020 at 2.30pm
Free Piano Recital
by Ischico Velzel

Sunday 9 February 2020 at 1pm
Parish Lunch 
at LIV Restaurant, Belgravia

Sunday 19 April 2020 at 11am
Fr Grant's Last Service 
at Holy Trinity

Sunday 4 May 2020 at 8pm
Fr Grant's Induction as Vicar of All Saints
at All Saints, New Cross

11-20 January 2021
Holy Land Pilgrimage

with Fr Nicholas and Fr Grant
All events at Holy Trinity Sloane Square unless otherwise stated
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple 

Intention: Parish and People                   
8.30am     Holy Communion
11.00am   Sung Eucharist

Holy Trinity Choir
Hodie beata virgo Maria

William Byrd 
Missa brevis
William Mathias 

When to the temple Mary went
Johannes Eccard 
Nunc Dimittis
Geoffrey Burgon 

Preacher: The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage

6.00pm     Choral Evensong and Benediction

sung by Coro
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
Philip Stopford
O Thou, the central orb
Charles Wood

Monday 3 February
Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg

Intention: Scholars
5.45pm      Free Teatime Concert
7.00pm      Sloane Square Choral Society

Tuesday 4 February
Gilbert of Sepringham, 1189 

Intention: For Missionaries

Wednesday 5 February
Agatha, Sicilian Virgin and Martyr 

Intention: Chelsea Deanery
6.30pm      Chelsea Deanery Schools 
                Tales of our Community

6.30pm      Requiem Mass

Thursday 6 February
The Martyrs of Japan, 1597

Intention: The Isolated
5.30pm      Property Task Force Meeting

7.00pm      Arts and Crafts Festival Meeting at the Rectory

Friday 7 February
Intention: Church House

Saturday 8 February
Intention: Parents

The Third Sunday Before Lent

Intention: Parish and People                      
8.30am     Holy Communion
11.00am   Sung Eucharist
Preacher: The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler

6.00pm     Choral Evensong and Benediction

The Revd. Canon Nicholas Wheeler

The Revd. Grant Bolton-Debbage

The Rt. Revd. Dr. Michael Marshall

Jeffrey Kabel
Carolyn Hallett

Gill Dunley
John Renz


David Fairlamb

Martin Bonham

Sophie Wilson
Telephone: 020 7730 7270

Clinton McMaster
Telephone: 020 7730 7270
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