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Parish Connections December2018-January2019

Parish Connections December2018-January2019

CPAORNISNHECTIONS

december 2018/january 2019

Pantera logo from the band’s eighth studio album, The Great Southern Trendkill, 1996, EastWest Records. www.pantera.com
Panther image: Omar Mena by Unsplash  •  Band image: Danzig (Wikipedia)

Just heavy metal –
or our best representative?

Greg Clarke

Readers under 50 years old can be Christian writings are recorded by doctrine. One writer describes
excused for thinking that Pantera the Christian writer, Origen. Around Celsus as ‘the first Nietzschean’,
was a heavy metal band. That was a century after the composition of such was his vehement objection
my view, before I read the Greek the biblical Gospels, Celsus wrote
philosopher, Celsus, whose anti- various works opposing Christian continued overleaf

just heavy metal – or our best representative? continued

to the traditional (and historical) It is the very irregularity of it that them and throwing yourself on
teaching that Jesus of Nazareth makes it stand out. Christians God’s mercy. Jesus taught that the
was born of a virgin, taught and interpret this as the fulfilment of door to eternity is open to sinners
ministered around Galilee to much promises made a long time ago who repent, and ‘there is more
acclaim, and was then crucified by to the Israelites, expressed in the rejoicing in heaven over one sinner
Roman procurator, Pontius Pilate, prophetic book of Isaiah, chapter who repents than over ninety-nine
and seen alive again three days after 7. In this passage, a virgin will give righteous persons who do not need
his death. birth to a child called ‘Immanuel’, to repent.’ (Luke chapter 15).
which means ‘God with us’. This
Among Celsus’ claims about the passage is picked up by the writer We are all still on the look-out
fallacies of Christian history is the of the Gospel of Matthew (chapter for those ninety-nine righteous
report that Jesus was fathered by 1) to emphasise the manner in persons…
a Roman soldier called Pantera which God has ‘turned up’ in the
(Origen, Contra Celsus, I:32, 34). person of Jesus. Matthew adds The apostle Paul, founder of so
This is the first known mention that ‘Jesus’ (or ‘Joshua’ in Hebrew) many of the earliest Christian
of this view, so we can’t know means ‘God saves’, making Jesus churches, discovered in Jesus’
how prevalent it was (it was later not only the way we know God, but teaching about welcoming the
picked up in some Jewish writings). also the way we make peace with sinner the sweet spot of the
However, it is attractive to those God. It’s all in the name(s). incarnation: ‘Here is a trustworthy
who would like to ‘domesticate’ saying that deserves full acceptance:
the Christmas story. After all, it is So what drove Celsus, a careful Christ Jesus came into the world
immediately believable that Mary thinker and perhaps the first to save sinners, of whom I am the
was involved with a Roman soldier, true intellectual opponent of worst’ (1 Timothy 1:15).
and that her disgrace was covered Christianity, to take to heart this
in retrospect by a story about speculation? Christmas is about God’s gift
Jesus’ immaculate conception. to sinners: Jesus, who is both
Many people find such historical We are given a hint in other ‘Immanuel’ and ‘Joshua’, God
speculations very attractive. passages cited by Origen: Celsus has among us who brings salvation.
a major problem with ‘sinners’, and That’s why we sing about the child
But they are precisely that: a bigger problem with the Christian born of Mary. His incarnation not
speculations. Compared with the attitude to them. Celsus complained only brings the divine to earth,
data we have about the birth of about the way Christians seemed to representing God, but also enables
Jesus from the New Testament, care more for the worst of humanity him to represent us human beings.
the ‘Pantera parent’ story is almost than they did for the upright and In contemporary language, Jesus
without merit. All it has going for it respectable: ‘What is this preference ‘identifies’ as both divine and human.
is the ‘it sounds like it might make of Christians for sinners over
sense’ vibe. In history, that is rarely others?’ cries the bewildered Celsus The Bible describes this
enough, even when the stakes are (III:64). Celsus thought Christians representation in a range of ways.
as high as they are when we are tried to convert sinners because Jesus is the exact image of God; he
talking about the origins of the they were ‘unable to convert anyone is the great high priest; he is the
Christian faith. really good and righteous’ and lamb of the sacrifice; he is the Son of
complained they open their doors to Man; he is the firstborn among the
Even controversial Jesus scholar, the most impious and abominable dead. So many of Jesus’ titles reflect
John Dominic Crossan, is on record men’ (III:65). the way in which he represents all
as accepting that Celsus’ comments of humanity.
are a reaction to the already Origen offers a solution to Celsus’
dominant (albeit sensational) problem by pointing out that the I’m not sure whether Pantera
account that Jesus was born of a thing Celsus despises is precisely named their band after the
virgin. As Origen points out, the what God offers to the world supposed father of Jesus. Another
account of the virgin birth was through Jesus Christ. Although view says it was the name of an
hardly an acceptable story—it was God is no fan of sin, he is a big fan Italian sports car in the 70s, or just
as astonishing to its first hearers as of ‘repentance’—that is, admitting Spanish for ‘panther’. What I do
it is to us today. your faults, turning away from know is that I thank God that he
has an outrageous preference for

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just heavy metal – or our best representative? continued

sinners, such that he would take Greg Clarke is CEO of Bible Society To find out more about the Bible
on our flesh and identify with our Australia and author of The Great Society, visit bible.com.au.
weakness, or Christmas would Bible Swindle.
for me be little more than a tale of
bastardry signifying nothing.

Celebrate Advent and Christmas at St James’

Sunday 2 December

7:30pm Advent Carols

Wednesday 19 December

1:15pm Lunchtime Lessons & Carols
6:30pm Candlelight Carol Service

Thursday 20 December

6:30pm Candlelight Carol Service

Sunday 23 December

7:45am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Parish Eucharist:
Children’s Pageant
11:00am Choral Eucharist
7:30pm Nine Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve: Monday 24 December

6:00pm Christingle
10:30pm Night Eucharist of the Nativity

Christmas Day: Tuesday 25 December

7:45am Sung Eucharist of the Nativity
10:00am Choral Eucharist of the Nativity

Christingle

Christmas Eve | Monday 24 December | 6:00pm

Christingle means Christ-Light, and the first Christingle service was held
over 270 years ago in Germany when, on 20 December, a parish priest
gave to each child in his church a candle with a red ribbon tied around it
to take home, light, and place in a window to show passers-by the Light
of Christ.

The Christingles are made up of an orange (representing the world that
God made), red ribbon tied around the orange (representing the Blood of
Christ), four lolly sticks (representing the four seasons), dried fruit, nuts
and sweets (representing God’s gifts to the world), and a lighted candle
representing Jesus Christ, shining in the world today.

St James’ looks forward to welcoming children and their families to this
special Christmas Eve service.

Image: Tom De Cort

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 3

christopher waterhouse Clergy Profile:

In October St James’ welcomed a working on a project on ‘worship’ Could you tell us about your
new Honorary Assistant Priest in and I came to see what St James’ journey to priestly ministry?
Fr Glenn Maytum, formerly of the was like. It was then I met people
Diocese of Riverina. Christopher with whom I have kept in touch for I was a School Teacher in Sydney,
Waterhouse, Director of the St all those years. Wagga Wagga and Leeton (where
James’ Institute interviewed him for I was English Coordinator) and,
Parish Connections. Where did you grow up? for twelve months, Canberra
Grammar School, where I was
Fr Glenn, welcome to St James’. Until I was 6 we lived at Glebe Head of Religious and Values
You have been attending services Point (I went to Forest Lodge Education (RAVE!). Encouraged
and events here for almost a year school), then we move to Gray’s by the Rector of Gymea (Canon
now, what brought you to Sydney Point in the Sutherland Shire. Jack Derrett), I became a Parochial
and in particular to St James’? Reader and then, Diocesan Reader.
What did you know of St James’ Have you always been an In those days clergy who were
before you came here? Anglican? taking leave would contact the
Readers’ Association and a Reader
Hello, Christopher. After having Yes, I have always been Anglican. would lead worship in those
lived in the NSW Riverina for Baptised at St John’s, Glebe parishes. I really enjoyed that
twenty-six years I felt it was time (where my paternal grandparents ministry and visited a number
to be nearer family and old friends, had been faithful parishioners), of churches across southern and
in Sydney. Actually, I first came Confirmed at St Paul’s, Gymea and eastern Sydney. But, convicted by
to St James’ in 1974 when I was Ordained Deacon at St Alban’s a sermon on James 1: 22–24 (‘be
studying at Kuring-gai CAE. I was Cathedral, Griffith and Priest at St doers, not merely hearers of the
Peter’s, Leeton. word’) by Dean Lance Shilton, and
invited by Bishop Barry Hunter, I
became Diocesan Education Officer
in the Riverina. This led to my
becoming Chaplain to Charles Sturt
University in Wagga and, for a
time, Albury also, and then resident
Chaplain at the newly-established
St Martin’s residential college on
Wagga campus. In 2000 Bishop
Bruce Clark invited me to become
Diocesan Ministry Officer.

What are some of your
experiences of serving in the
Diocese of Riverina?

The Diocese of Riverina covers 37%
of the land area of NSW. There
have been a number of clergy from
Victoria who have moved to the
growing towns along both sides of
the beautiful Murray River, but not
to the centre of the diocese. Since
my ordination I have held locum

PAGE 4 Left to right: Assoc. Prof. Michael
Horsburgh AM, Christopher
Waterhouse, Fr Glenn Maytum

ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS december 2018/january 2019

fr glenn maytum

and ‘supply’ positions in towns What do you enjoy about St loved the beach and I relax so much
like Coolamon-Ganmain, Ariah James’? when I am near water. I follow
Park, Ardlethan, Narrandera, Lake the Melbourne AFL Club and the
Cargelligo, Leeton, Coleambally, I enjoy the beauty of the music; the Sharkies, (of course).
Hay, Deniliquin: wherever there reverence of worship, including
was a need for assistance—a type of how the Word is proclaimed by I enjoy movies and concerts and
‘chaplaincy’ ministry. When Bishop the readers (not just read); the Shakespearian theatre. I have also
Rob Gillion arrived, I went to Broken interesting, challenging sermons enjoyed some overseas travel.
Hill for a very enjoyable seven months. I have heard, and the fellowship:
The people are so welcoming and the I have enjoyed some stimulating Thank you to all the parishioners,
scenery is spectacular—everyone discussions with parishioners. After Fathers Andrew, John and Ron, and
should visit. The church at South having driven what I estimate to be yourself, Christopher, who have
Broken Hill is dedicated to St James’. more than 1.25 million kilometres made me feel welcome and have
In 2016 The Bishop of The Murray while living in the bush, I really helped me find my place in St James’.
in SA invited me to be Locum in the enjoy catching the train to church. I am so grateful to be given this
Southern Vales, centred on McLaren opportunity and I pray that I will be
Vale in southern Adelaide and I Could you tell us a little about able to make a positive contribution
made new friends and joined a clergy your life beyond your duties as an as a member of the clergy team.
support group called The Casserole Honorary Assistant Priest at St
Club, in Adelaide. James’? Christopher Waterhouse is the Director of
the St James’s Institute.
Living near Cronulla I have always

PARISH DIRECTORY WHO’S WHO AND HOW TO CONTACT THEM

THE PARISH OFFICE Level 1, 169–171 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
PHONE 8227 1300
FAX 9232 4182

WEBSITE www.sjks.org.au
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associate RECTOR The Reverend John Stewart 8227 1304 (AH 9410 3077)

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rev’d andrew sempell render unto caesar

Following legislation last year to Then they sent to him some Photo: Christopher Shain
allow for same sex marriage in Pharisees and some Herodians
Australia, attention by many church to trap him in what he said. the question of paying taxes).
institutions has now shifted to And they came and said to him, The location is in the Temple in
the interplay between freedom ‘Teacher, we know that you are Jerusalem, probably the outer
of religious belief, individual sincere, and show deference to courtyard (Mark 11: 27).
conscience, state law, and the no one; for you do not regard
capacity for religious institutions people with partiality, but teach This section of Mark’s Gospel
to discriminate against those with the way of God in accordance (Mark 11:27 – 12:37) involves a series
whom they disagree. with truth. Is it lawful to pay of pronouncements on the nature
taxes to the emperor, or not? of Judaism and its controversies
The Religious Freedom Review, set Should we pay them, or should of the day. They include matters
up by the then Prime Minister we not?’ But knowing their of authority, responsibility to God,
Malcom Turnbull and chaired by hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘Why paying taxes and responsibility to
Philip Ruddock, has reported to are you putting me to the test? the state, the nature of resurrection,
the Commonwealth Government, Bring me a denarius and let me the nature of the law, and who
but it is yet to be released to see it.’ And they brought one. might be the Messiah.
the public. Nevertheless, some Then he said to them, ‘Whose
religious bodies are anticipating its head is this, and whose title?’ Apart from Jesus, the key people in
recommendations and are seeking They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ the text are:
special legislation to protect their Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the
interests over and against the emperor the things that are the ŪŪ The Pharisees – a religious-
wider community. emperor’s, and to God the things political-social sect within
that are God’s.’ And they were Judaism that resisted the
At what point should religious utterly amazed at him. Hellenization of Jewish
people give to the state what (Mark 12: 13-17) culture by seeking to distance
belongs to the state, and to God themselves from the wider
what belongs to God, and where This story appears in all three society through the maintenance
is the dividing line? Two thousand Synoptic Gospels (that is the of a strict and exclusive approach
years ago, Jesus was confronted Gospels of Matthew, Mark and to religion.
by a similar dilemma. Should Jews Luke, which tell the story of Jesus
pay a poll-tax to the Emperor or in some sort of chronological way). ŪŪ The Herodians – an anti-Roman
not? Jesus asked for a Roman coin The interpretation of a text, such Jewish sect and social movement
and pointed out the figure and as this, requires application of the devoted to restoring an
inscription on it saying, “Give to discipline of hermeneutics. This independent Jewish state under
Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and process requires several questions the Herodian dynasty.
to God that which is God’s”, and to be asked of the text, such as: ‘is
the people were amazed. But what the text reliable?’, ‘who wrote it and
does this mean in a secular liberal for whom?’, ‘when was it written
democracy today? and in what cultural context?’,
‘what does it describe?’, and ‘what
To understand, it is necessary to was the intent and meaning of the
engage with a range of historical, text?’. Once this work is done, we
social, philosophical and theological can then consider its interpretation.
views. These include ideas of
authority, separation of church The context in Mark’s Gospel was
and state, freedom of religion, and set around 30AD, probably in the
human rights versus ideological last weeks of Jesus’ life. Jesus had
imperialism. The problem often lies previously arrived in Jerusalem
in how we understand the nature in triumph and had cleansed
of authority and organise ourselves the Temple of the merchants
around it. But first, we should look and money-changers (linked to
at the text in question:

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ŪŪ ‘They’ – the Chief Priests, the Herod the Great was considered a him killed. We therefore arrive at
scribes and the elders (Mark bloodthirsty tyrant by most people the story of paying taxes with this
11:27); and, of his day. He and his family were tension already in place.
converts to Judaism, but he had
ŪŪ The Emperor – Tiberius: Emperor led such a decadent life that pious The Pharisees and Herodians that
from 14 to 37AD (stepson Jews considered him unfaithful came to Jesus asking for the tax
of Augustus, grand-uncle of to his religion. Nevertheless, he ruling were disingenuous. Their
Caligula, paternal uncle of reigned for 34 years and achieved intention was to trick him into
Claudius, and great-grand uncle a considerable amount of civil making a mistake by which they
of Nero). construction work during this time. could accuse him of being either
This included the re-building of the disloyal to Judaism or disloyal to
There are also some activities and Second Temple in Jerusalem—the the Emperor.
things that are important: scene for much of Jesus’ ministry in
Jerusalem including the encounter In response to their question, Jesus
ŪŪ Taxes – between 6 and 70 AD regarding paying taxes to Rome. asked for a denarius and when
a census or poll-tax had to be one was produced, he exposed
paid by all residents of Judea, As the Temple was holy ground, its the hypocrisy of the Pharisees
which was then a vassal state of authorities forbade anything non- and Herodians because they had
Rome. The tax had to be paid in Jewish being on its more sacred brought this blasphemous Roman
Roman coinage. The coins were precincts. This included people and money into the Temple precincts.
considered blasphemous by the things. The merchants and money- The denarius was especially profane
Jewish religious leaders—a hot changers that Jesus threw out of the because it had the head of Tiberius
topic of the day. Temple were part of a racket run by on it with inscriptions proclaiming
the Chief Priests to extort money him as ‘son of the Divine Augustus’
ŪŪ Denarius – the standard Roman from the people. It went like this: (i.e. Son of God) and ‘Highest
silver coin from around 211BC Priest’. It was also the tribute coin
to 240AD. There are Biblical ŪŪ to make a sacrifice it was used to pay the hated poll-tax to
references to its being a day’s necessary to purchase the item the tax-collectors.
wage for a labourer. from approved merchants
operating in the Temple; and, As an aside, it is interesting to
In the time of Jesus, the question note that ‘Son of God’ was one
of paying taxes to the Roman ŪŪ only special ‘Temple money’ of the titles for the Emperor. It is
authorities had become quite could be used in the Temple particularly significant that at the
significant to Jewish identity. Judea grounds, so the money-changers climax in Mark’s Gospel it is the
became a vassal state of Rome (with substantial commissions) pagan Roman soldier at the foot
when it was conquered by General traded Temple coins for the of the cross who proclaimed that
Pompey in 63BC. Herod the Great Roman ones thereby allowing Jesus “was truly God’s Son”, which
(a non-Jewish Edomite) had been purchases and offerings to be was (in his own words) to call him
proclaimed ‘King of the Jews’ by made. the ‘true Emperor’.
the Roman Senate in about 40BC.
Having received his kingdom from Jesus identified this practice as Jesus’ response to his questioners
the Emperor he had to return to corrupt. The crowds approved of “Give to the emperor the things that
Judea and conquer it, which took his stand, but the Chief Priests and are the emperor’s, and to God the
him three years to achieve. scribes saw it as a reason to have things that are God’s’” is made in
this context. The initial (or literal)
A denarius featuring reading of the text might cause us
Tiberius. The inscription on to think that this is simply about
the obverse reads Ti[berivs] separating people’s responsibilities
Caesar Divi Avg[vsti] F[ilius] between those to the state and
Avgvstvs (‘Caesar Augustus those to religion, but there is more
Tiberius, son of the Divine to it than that.
Augustus’), and the reverse
reads Pontif[ex] Maxim[us] continued overleaf
(‘Highest Priest’).

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 7

RENDER UNTO CAESAR continued

On a second reading (when again changed. Then the duopoly Senate. Pilate was mocking him,
textual, historical and cultural of church and state began to rise and Jesus became silent. Jesus was
contexts are considered) it and trace its path toward the later executed by crucifixion—a
becomes apparent Jesus’ words are Enlightenment. A new meaning traitor’s death. Yet, his death
both a criticism of the corruption would have emerged from the changed the course of history, by
and disingenuousness of Temple story of ‘rendering to Caesar’ that emphasising what he had taught in
religion on the one hand, and of was neither a criticism of the his life—the way to save one’s life
the blasphemy of the state and the state nor of the idea of belonging was to lose it.
Emperor in claiming divinity on to a separate ‘kingdom of God’.
the other. This was the emergence of a dual This is the story of two kingdoms;
system of authority of both Church one that is about power and control
But we also need to consider and Emperor with people having (the kingdom of this world) and
when the Gospel of Mark was responsibilities to both. the other of service and sacrifice
written. According to scholars, the (the kingdom of heaven). The
Gospel was written some thirty The passage from Mark regarding encounter between Pontius Pilate
years after the events described the payment of taxes may therefore and Jesus was an example of the
in it. Some things had changed in have three interpretations: disconnection between one who is
the intervening time, such as the committed to the kingdom of this
growth of the early church. The 1. Criticism of both the religious world and Jesus, whose focus was
Gospel was therefore written for a and state authorities by Jesus; beyond the exercise of raw earthly
community that needed to record power and instead ‘came not to be
the story of Jesus while there 2. Identity creation for the served but to serve’.
were still witnesses alive who early church and comfort for
remembered his life and teachings. the persecuted through the The cautionary tale for the church
recognition of God’s kingdom in our own times is that we no
This was a community probably and ultimate justice; and, longer live in the Christendom era.
made up of Jewish and pagan Moreover, as a result of the moral
converts to the Christian faith that 3. Definition of a person’s dual failings of the institutional church,
were keen to create some order roles and responsibilities both the liberal-democratic idea of the
and identity in the life of the new to church and state in the separation of church and state as
community. The Gospel provided post-Constantinian world of equals has also faded. Grasping
a way of normalising the message Christendom. after control and privilege, as the
and providing a separation from scribes and Pharisees did in the
the other sects and religious Our own times have tended to time of Jesus, is not acceptable in
groupings of the day. It was also interpret the tax passage through an age when the institution is no
a means of providing hope and a the eyes of the post-Constantinian longer trusted.
sense of belonging to God’s world interpretation, by acknowledging
through faith. a dualism of church and state with We therefore need a new vision of
people having obligations to both. what it is to be church that is not
Moreover, several decades later, The post-Enlightenment world tribal, self-justifying and defensive.
when the persecution of Christians created the idea of separation The freedom of religion debate
grew, these words of Jesus may of church and state as a way of has a potential to backfire badly if
have provided comfort by helping disengaging the two systems of church institutions are not wiser in
believers to understand that, authority. In this way the state their approach to ecclesiastical and
while the kingdom of this world ultimately became the dominant public policy. It would seem that
treats them badly, there is another entity, and the church now goes we are dealing too much in law and
kingdom to which they belong cap-in-hand to the state to seek not enough in grace.
where justice will finally prevail. protection of its privileges.
The Reverend Andrew Sempell is Rector of
Later still, in the time of the Jesus stood before Roman Governor St James’.
Emperor Constantine (4th century) Pontius Pilate, and he was asked
when Christianity was established “Are you the King of the Jews?”
as the ‘state religion’, things had This was the offensive title given
to Herod the Great by the Roman

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Encounters

Music at St James’ Concert Series 2019

6 April: Captivity and Freedom
Programme includes Phillip Moore’s Three prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

25 May: An encounter with Mr Handel
L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

6 July: Encounters with the past
The Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne

27 July: A Marriage of England and Spain
Music inspired by the wedding of Queen Mary I of England to Philip II of Spain

12 October: The Creation
Joseph Haydn’s famed oratorio to mark the beginning of our bicentenary celebrations

7 December: Christmas Here and There
Experience an English-Australian Christmas at St James’

Saturdays at 5:00pm, St James’ Church. Subscriptions available from 8 December.
Official programme launch after the 27 January Orchestral Mass.

Cantata Services

Sundays at 4:00pm, St James’ Church
10 February: Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (BWV 144)

Conducted by Paul McCreesh
5 May: Du Hirte Israel, hore (BWV 104)
11 August: Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist (BWV 45)
17 November: Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit (BWV 115)

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 9

Margaret Johnston THE ANZAC NURSES

Diagonally across Macquarie
Street stand two venerable Sydney
institutions: St James’ Anglican
Church and Sydney Hospital.
One hundred years ago they were
giving thanks for the Armistice and
acknowledging the magnificent war
service of their own young men and
women. They shared a focus on one
group: the St James’ Nurses Guild.

The Nurses Guild was a devotional in the group to sail in November Army nurses at Sydney Hospital
society in the Anglo-Catholic 1914. The St James’ Monthly Church
tradition, probably dating back Messenger began providing news from daughter of the former headmaster
to the arrival of Lucy Osborn, at the Front. From the ship, Euripides, of Sydney Grammar School.
Sydney Hospital in 1868. She was Ophir White, a server at the church,
tasked with upgrading the quality wrote of the six nursing sisters They were soon spread throughout
of nursing in line with the precepts on board, including Sister Kellett, the theatres of war, treating the
of Florence Nightingale. Despite her concerning the respect shown to wounded and those who fell
undoubted successes, she had her them by the men and that ‘they sick from a host of war-related
detractors—partly because of her are also a big help in the choir on ailments. They staffed medical
‘Anglican High Church leanings’. Church parades’. facilities ranging from casualty
For the nurses, now housed in clearing stations close to the Front,
the ‘Nightingale Wing’, St James’ A larger nursing contingent soon hospitals (some hastily improvised
became their local parish church, followed to Egypt. In total, some such as on the Greek island of
with the Rector as Chaplain to 2,600 Australian nurses served Lemnos) at staged distances, as
Sydney Hospital, ministering to the with the AIF in WWI, while others well as patient transport. Sister
spiritual needs of patients and staff. served in different capacities and Kellett wrote to the Rector from
with other forces. Sydney Hospital the hospital ship Gascon:
In 1900 it was the highly trained records show 130 of its graduate
Sydney Hospital nurses who nurses served in WWI. Will you please accept (and
pioneered the Army Nursing Service convey to the congregation)
in the Boer War. With the outbreak At St James’, prayers for those ‘on my sincerest thanks… for their
of hostilities in 1914, Sydney active service’ were said every remembrance of me in their
Hospital nurses were again among Sunday throughout the war at the prayers each Sunday. We were
the first to enlist in the Australian 9am Eucharist. By the end of the returning to Gallipoli from
Army Nursing Service. Sister war, there were 250 names on the Gibraltar, where we had left
Adelaide Maude Kellett and Sister Rector’s prayer list. Some names about 500 wounded and sick,
Clementine Hay Marshall were were read out under headings, but received a wire to call at
including 17 in the ‘Nurses’ Guild’. Malta. We filled up there with
Some had trained or worked convalescent patients – among
at other hospitals, one was a whom was an old S. James boy…
VAD. They included Annie Paton, are now taking them to England.
daughter of the former rector of
Petersham and Sylvia Weigall, Their workload was gruelling
and the emotional toll was also
Sister Adelaide Maude Kellett great—faced daily with the death
of patients while also anxious for

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OF ST JAMES’

their own loved ones engaged in Nurse Helen Meggy duty on the wards one night, but
the conflict. The story of one family died of the Spanish influenza by the
associated with St James’ was not Nurse Minnie Hough was one of the following evening. She was 32. A
uncommon. In addition to Nurse romantically named Bluebirds, due tablet in her memory was laid in the
Helen Meggy, three of her brothers to their distinctive uniform. Most church in 1919.
had enlisted. Edward was killed of the St James’ nurses gained rapid
at Lone Pine; a year later, Douglas promotion while abroad and were The Messenger reported at the end
was killed at Pozieres (both names recognised for their distinguished of 1918 that, at a general meeting of
are inscribed on the St James’ war service, including a number of parishioners:
memorial). Arthur (from the choir) Royal Red Cross Awards. In later
was still fighting on the Western civilian life, many attained the rank The suggestion was made and
Front. Back in Sydney, the parents of matron, including Miss Adelaide met with general approval, that
tried to use personal contacts on Maude Kellett CBE RRC FNM who the names of nurses who had
his behalf but it was his sister’s was matron at Sydney Hospital from been on active service should be
efforts which proved effective. In a 1921 to 1944. Her funeral was held at recorded on a tablet to be placed
letter held by the Australian War St James’ in 1945. in the church.
Memorial, Charles Bean1 wrote:
Only 25 Australian nurses died That proposal seems to have
I was glad to hear … that a on active service. Nurse Ruby lapsed—perhaps it could be
remaining son is safe … I know of Dickinson was not originally listed revisited. By any measure, this was
the steps that were taken after with the Guild; but there was a an exceptional group of women. On
the other two boys lost their lives sad mention in the Messenger of the centenary of the Armistice, their
and for a time it was impossible her death at a military hospital in story should not be forgotten.
to reach your son …Your England in June 1918. She was on
daughter, however, who was a References
nurse in France, approached the St James’ Church archives
authorities and it was owing to
her action that the third boy was, Australian War Memorial records
I believe, sent to a quarter rather
safer than the front. Valerie J. Griffiths: Caps and Veils
(2011)
Helen Meggy eventually married a
Canadian soldier and went to live Peter Rees: Anzac Girls (2008)
in Canada after the war. It was a
requirement that all army nurses Margaret Johnston is a parishioner
be single and the majority never at St James’.
married.

By the beginning of 1919 the nurses
were returning home. The Messenger
reported:

At the monthly meeting of the
Nurses’ Guild …Nurse Hough
[spoke] of her work in France
[where she was] a member of
a detachment of 21 Australian
nurses lent to the French
Government in the early part of
the war.

1. Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean (1879–1968) Ruby
was an Australian World War I war Dickinson's
correspondent and historian. memorial tablet
in St James'

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 11

Mary Sattin Christian Meditation
and Brooke Shelley

Mary Sattin is one of the Christian Vicar General was convinced and Sr Doreen
Meditation group leaders at encouraged Mary to ‘go for it’!
St James’. Last year, Christian leaders are moved on, Meditation
Meditation Coordinator at St So, Mary was invited to some stops. The Sisters approached
James’, Richard Cogswell, visited parish churches, the leaders of the Mary for help on ways to sustain
the Solomon Islands and met Mary’s Mothers’ Union and the Sisters Meditation. Mary suggested
brother with whom he talked about of both Anglican and Catholic training a group of about 3 or 4
establishing Christian Meditation Churches, to talk about Christian people that are all present at the
there. The first part of the process Meditation. The Catholics Meditation sessions. Mary similarly
was for her brother to meet with already practise Meditation but advised the Anglican Sisters: this
the Archbishop about Meditation; it’s a different version from the approach ensures there would
however, this didn’t occur. Her type used at St James’. But what always be more than one leader,
brother died, and when Mary went Mary discovered was that once and as a leader moves on, a new one
to the Solomons to help with his something like Meditation was is brought in and trained by the
funeral and affairs, another brother established, it only ‘lived’ for the remaining leader/s.
died—she lost two in six days. The time a particular Sister or leader
Meditation project stalled. was there. Once the Sisters or The latest report from the Solomons
is that groups have been formed
Richard encouraged Mary to follow and are introducing Christian
it up. She visited her late brother’s Meditation to families.
house: all of the resources for
setting up Meditation were there On a related matter, Mary met with
(such as books); her next step was Sr Doreen, a senior Anglican Sister
to approach the right people to in Malaita, the largest island in the
lead and maintain it. She visited Solomons. Whilst speaking with
the Vicar General of the Diocese Mary about Meditation, Sr Doreen
of Central Melanesia, Bishop John told her about plans for a Care
Kuper, who was in charge of the Centre for abused children. Most of
Christian mission of the Anglican the children are abused at home, but
Church there, and assured him because the villages are so small and
that Christian Meditation was the families are close knit, they have
not a new ‘church’ but that it nowhere else to go. The children
was another form of prayer. The grow up and many perpetuate the
cycle by abusing their own children.
Sr Doreen hopes that by providing

PAGE 12 Sr Doreen and the land outside the
Sisters’ house where they plan to build
the Care Centre.

ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS december 2018/january 2019

in the Solomons The local church where Mary led Christian Meditation.

a safe place for these children, the
cycle can be broken. Mary would
like Christian Meditation to be
taught to these children too, as it
would be a useful tool in dealing
with the trauma of abuse.

Mary and Sr Doreen acknowledge
establishing the centre is an
enormous undertaking, but they are
confident that there are people who
are willing to help.

Currently, Mary is working on
setting up an association so funds
can be raised for the Care Centre.

Mary is happy to speak with
anyone interested in the Solomon
Islands’ projects. She attends
7:45am service on Sundays and
leads Christian Meditation on
alternative Fridays at St James’.

Mary Sattin is a parishioner at St James’.
Brooke Shelley is Communications and
Media Manager at St James’.

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brooke shelley SYDNEY OPEN 2018

On the weekend of 3–4 November, gave crash courses in bell-ringing; Photo: Christopher Shain
St James’ was pleased to again Charlotte Wiltshire charmed hordes
welcome Sydney Open visitors. On of visitors in the Children’s Chapel people I can name from the schedule.
Saturday 3 November, architect with her knowledge of the space and We have so many parishioners who
Letizia Coppo-Jones led her (now her enthusiasm; Geoff Taylor treated come along and assist with Sydney
famous) Bell Tower Tours. These listeners to his vast knowledge of Open, taking advantage of the
tours are for small groups who the church’s history; our Archives opportunity to proudly show off our
pre-pay and register, and Letizia custodians Gordon Cooper and church. On behalf of Sydney Living
offers them a detailed history of the Colin Middleton were on hand Museums, thank you to our helpers,
architecture of the bell tower and to share historical facts; Gilbert especially the ones who stay under
a special tour up into the tower. Santayana displayed super-human the radar and quietly go about their
On this particular day, The Choir Verger traits by being in three places work, for making Sydney Open 2018
of St James’ was rehearsing for the at once, ensuring everyone had what a success.
concert, A Voice from Heaven—quite they needed; and that’s only the
fitting for the people way up in the Brooke Shelley is Communications and
bell tower to be treated to wafts of Media Manager at St James’.
angelic voices!

On Sunday 4 November, following
the 11am Choral Eucharist, visitors
were entertained by The Choir
rehearsing for upcoming services;
Titus Grenyer and Alistair Nelson
gave demonstrations and talks
about the organ; Marylon Coates

JOKE SPOT

Name the Christmas Carol:

ŪŪ Bleached Yule
ŪŪ Singular Yearning for the

Twin Anterior Incisors
ŪŪ Righteous Darkness
ŪŪ Loyal Followers Advance
ŪŪ Bantam Male Percussionist
ŪŪ Jehovah Deactivate Blithe

Cavaliers
ŪŪ Nocturnal Noiselessness
ŪŪ Delight for the Planet
ŪŪ Give Attention to the

Melodious Celestial Beings
ŪŪ The Dozen Festive 24

Hour Intervals
ŪŪ The Quadruped with the

Vermillion Proboscis
ŪŪ Monarchical Triad
ŪŪ Array the Corridors
ŪŪ Query Regarding Identity

of Descendant

ANSWERS: see page 39.

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Keeping up with the Jones’s christopher waterhouse

Our Head of Music, Warren share some memories of singing when the entire judiciary robed in
Trevelyan-Jones, will be on leave there with the great David scarlet and wore their wigs and
from 3 December until the New Willcocks? talked very loudly before the start
Year. Whilst our Organist, Alistair of the service! We sang most days
Nelson, will be directing the Choir My father was posted to London at the Abbey, but you were given
in some services, we will welcome for four years just as I was finishing a degree of flexibility through the
guest conductor Michael Leighton my NZ degree, and I had always system of deputies they had in place
Jones from 18 December until nursed a secret ambition to sing at the time and you could be away
Christmas Day). in the King’s College choir in doing other singing, provided you
Cambridge. All I had to do was to didn’t miss more than 60 full choir
Michael, we are looking forward get to Cambridge to study, which services in any given year!
to sharing the Christmas festivities I managed to do. I then went and
with you. When will you be here? knocked on David Willcocks’ door What brought you to Australia?
and asked if I could audition for
I’ll be at St James’ King Street for the King’s choir! As it happened I had toured to Australia several
the whole week leading up to there were two supernumerary times with the London-based vocal
Christmas Day. positions available in the choir quintet The Scholars and we did a
over and above the twelve choral tour for Musica Viva in 1980. After
You’re no stranger to St James’— scholarships euphemistically our Brisbane concert, we were asked
as occasional conductor and referred to as volunteers! These if we knew anyone who might be
singer. When did you first come were normally filled from within interested in teaching singing in the
to St James’? King’s College, but were unfilled Music Department at Queensland
the year that I arrived. The University. I had planned to
I’m not sure when I first came to discipline of singing each day was leave the group at the end of 1980
St James’, but have been a regular something I had not experienced anyway, so I applied for the job,
visitor over the years, particularly before, and it was a marvellous was interviewed in London and
during Warren’s time as Head of training for later life as a free- appointed, to start in February 1981.
Music. lance singer in London. Willcocks
was a hard taskmaster but was In addition to your choral work,
Where did you grow up? always very fair. He set the highest you have also maintained an
standards and woe betide you impressive solo career. Do you
I grew up in New Zealand, but if you didn’t measure up! We have any favourite operatic roles
since my father was in the army, we recorded each summer, including or concert performances?
moved around a great deal. the first original instrument version
of the St Matthew Passion with Favourite concerts were with my
What led you to study music? Harnoncourt and Concentus six-voice group Jones & Co which I
Musicus, and sang during the term
My mother was a professional throughout the year, including continued overleaf
singer and music was always Christmas Day!
encouraged at home. We all
sang in the local church choir in You went from Cambridge to
Wellington—even my father was Westminster Abbey. What were
drafted for carols one year! I was the highlights for you of that
surrounded by music and music- particular musical experience?
making from childhood; both my
younger sisters had good voices and Westminster Abbey was something
we all learnt piano. Studying music of a reality check after the rarified
was a natural progression for me, musical atmosphere of King’s and
starting at secondary school where David Willcocks. Highlights were
I learnt French Horn and sang in singing at Princess Anne’s wedding
the school choir. to Mark Phillips and the Queen’s
Silver Wedding Anniversary Service,
Your postgraduate studies took as well as the annual Judges’ Service
you to Cambridge, UK and to the
famous King’s College. Could you

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 15

keeping up with the jones’s continued

set up in Brisbane in 1984—we had
a lot of fun and did a great deal of
national and international touring.
Favourite concerts as a soloist were
the Bach Passions with the Sydney
Philharmonia [Choir] in the 1980s
and concerts with Sir Charles
Mackerras and the SSO doing
Webern’s Cantata II and Penderecki
conducting his Paradise Lost in
which I sang the role of Adam.

From 1997 to 2014 you were arrangements and original carols. I Michael conducting Trinity College Choir
the Director of Music at Trinity have a particular fondness for the
College, University of Melbourne. music of the Renaissance for this Plans for 2019 include a trip to
During that time, you took the time in the church’s calendar and England and Sri Lanka, plus
choir all over the world and I’m looking forward to directing the a possible 50-year reunion of
made numerous CD recordings. Choir in some of my favourites this The Scholars and continuing to
There are very few College choirs Christmas. compose and conduct…
like this in Australia—are there Christopher Waterhouse is Director of the
any particular challenges to Could you tell us something about St James’ Institute.
maintaining that choral tradition your spiritual life and faith?
in this country? Michael with The Choir of St James' at
I have been lucky enough to Gallipoli, 2018
Maintaining the collegiate choral worship through my music
tradition in Australia can be making—I believe that good All photos courtesy Michael Leighton Jones.
something of a challenge, but music lifts worship to another
provided you have a good supply level, adding a dimension beyond
of young singers coming to the plain-spoken word. I consider
university and there are good choirs, myself lucky to have been able to
like Trinity College, Melbourne, have this spiritual aspect to my life
for them to join—which offer through music.
discipline and musical training—
then it is a natural progression What are your interests outside
between school and perhaps a of music?
career as a professional musician
further down the track. We’ve Interests outside music are:
had many choral scholars who’ve gardening, birdwatching (my wife
gone on to excellent careers, such Jane is an avid ‘twitcher’!), armchair
as Nicholas Carter, Suzanne sports fanatic (particularly cricket
Shakespeare, Siobhan Stagg, and and rugby union), cooking, reading,
Philip Nicholls. catching up with friends around
the world!
The music of Advent and
Christmas is some of the most Would you be willing to share
impressive and moving of the any plans you have for 2019 and
Christian year. Do you have any beyond?
particular favourite works for
this season?

I love the Advent/Christmas
music—always so full of tuneful
melodies and some of the best

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To the Glory of God: Dr Susan Kellett
The Memorial Window at St James’, 1903

Unusually, given its importance Australia Hotel on Castlereagh
and location, St James’ did not Street. Bacon’s academic credentials
acquire stained glass until nearly and European experience would
eight decades after its consecration. have assured Rector and patron
It is likely that this had much to do alike of his capacity to undertake
with the building’s style: Australia the important job of designing St
adopted the traditional Gothic James’ first major window, and
aesthetic of church design for many he received its commission while
of its religious buildings and, with still in Sydney. Bacon most likely
its elegant and simple lines, the undertook its design on the two-
Georgian architecture of St James’ month voyage home to England as
perhaps challenged both clergyman he was working to a tight schedule:
and artist alike. As a consequence, his firm had less than two months
St James’ remained without to make the window if it was to be
decorative windows until the early back in Sydney and installed for its
years of the 20th century. unveiling on 11 July 1903.

Originally, St James’ contained Keith Kinnaird, the eldest of Lieutenant Keith Mackellar
leaded panels of opaque and blue Charles and Marion Mackellar’s
glass with the latter forming four children, grew up in the Photo courtesy Dr Susan Kellett.
arches that echoed the shape family’s comfortable home in
of the windows’ external brick Woollahra and attended Sydney he was in Sydney to settle upon
facings. During renovations in Grammar School. In January 1900, its design. The artist most likely
1900-1901, these lead-lights were Lieutenant Mackellar sailed with suggested St George as a suitable
replaced with tinted glass, some the Australia Horse which served figure to reflect his son’s loss and
of which can still be seen in the in the Boer War. He subsequently St James’ Rector, Reverend Carr-
vestry windows. In December 1902, accepted a commission in the Smith, would have readily agreed to
a happy coincidence facilitated British army with the 7th Dragoon the subject matter. St George is not
the first of St James’ memorial Guards and, not long after, died only one of the many patron saints
windows being ordered. British when shot through the head during of soldiers but also that of England.
artist and sculptor Percy Bacon an engagement with the enemy
was visiting Australia as part of a on a farm near Pretoria. He was The Mackellar window in St
significant commission his firm had twenty years old at the time. A James’ displays a portrait of Keith
undertaken for a wealthy patron. respected physician and member Mackellar as St George, and so
Bacon took the opportunity to of the legislative council, Charles embodies Mackellar as the defender
visit the major cities and churches Mackellar was also an affluent of the motherland and its church.
of South Australia, Victoria and businessman who could well afford
New South Wales during his the £175 (exclusive of import costs) Shown resplendent in gleaming
three-month stay, and December for his son’s window. Mackellar amour standing upon the
found him a guest at the imposing would have met with Bacon while vanquished dragon, Mackellar’s
heroism is heightened by the
opulence of the design with its
rich palette of reds and golds.
Rather than a soldier, Mackellar
is transformed into one of Christ’s
crusaders, a warrior in a holy war.

View towards A week after the Mackellar
St James’, c.1895 Window’s dedication, a notice
appeared in the Sydney Morning
Photo courtesy Herald announcing that ‘designs
Dr Susan Kellett. have been invited in England for a

continued overleaf

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 17

the memorial window continued

window to be placed in St James Left:
Church in commemoration of The St George
those members of the 2nd New window
South Wales Mounted Rifles who
fell in South Africa.’ After parish Right:
council approved the design for a The St Michael
window depicting the archangel window
Michael—another patron saint of
soldiers and a suitable companion Photos: Christopher Shain
to St George—Lieutenant Colonel
Henry Beauchamp Lassetter, CB, Window was steaming towards “placed here to the glory of God, and
commanding officer of the regiment Sydney, Lassetter sent detailed in memory of the officers, non-
in South Africa, set about arranging instructions for the day to Sydney’s commissioned officers, and the men
the commission and organising his and many of the State’s regional of the 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles,
former troops. newspapers. The call went out who lost their lives in South Africa.
for veterans to form up at the In the name of the Father, Son and
The dedication of the St Michael Queen’s Statue in St James’ Square Holy Ghost, Amen.” As the flag
Window in November 1903 at 1:30pm. Those experiencing billowed to the floor, the Last Post
subsequently became part of difficulty attending the event were reverberated through the church.
a much bigger occasion that asked to ‘send their names at once A brass plaque below the window
encapsulated both the service as to Colonel Lassetter, who will listed the twenty-five men who
well as the sacrifice of the men personally interview Ministers and failed to return.
of the 2nd New South Wales heads of departments concerned.’
Mounted Rifles. The window, like It is estimated that during and after
the Mackellar memorial, cost £175 Just after noon on Sunday 8 the ‘war to end all wars’, thousands
and members of the regiment each November 1903, 337 of 400 of stained-glass windows to men—
agreed to contribute a day’s wages members of the 2nd New South and, in rare instances, nurses—lost
to its defray its cost. To maximise Wales Mounted Rifles answered during World War I were installed
attendance at its dedication—after roll call in St James’ Square. The in churches across the nation.
which campaign medals would be church was filled with military, For St James’, the sad tradition
awarded by the State Governor— veterans, politicians, their of dedicating memorial windows
Lassetter set about arranging free respective families and members of to fallen soldier sons and military
rail passes for all veterans who the public. The window remained men started a little earlier with the
wished to attend. This was an shrouded behind a huge Union dedication of the St George and
important consideration, as the Jack until, after a series of hymns Michael windows in 1903.
men of the 2nd New South Wales and the lesson, the State Governor
Mounted Rifles were dispersed approached it through an honour Lest We Forget.
across regional and metropolitan guard of the regiment’s men. “I
NSW. As an added incentive, unveil this window”, he announced, Dr Susan Kellett is a friend of St James’.
the former commanding officer
advised his troops that the War
Office had agreed to present them
with the rifles they had carried
on active service. The War Office
subsequently instructed them to
‘make themselves familiar with the
numbers, marks, etc. of arms, in
order that accurate distribution
will result’ on the day.

In October, a month before the
event, and as the St Michael

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FROM BISHOP BROUGHTON’S MAILBAG Fr Robert Willson

During the episcopate of Bishop Edward Gifford Pryce about it. Pryce continued to write
Broughton (1836-1853), St James’ begging letters to Kerrison James,
Church was for years regarded and Image courtesy of The State Library of NSW who finally replied that he could
treated as the Sydney Cathedral, expect no further help from the
while St Andrews’ was under very correspondence of his friend The Bishop.
slow construction. Rev’d W B Clarke, Rector of
North Sydney, and noted geologist. Pryce wrote to Clarke that he
Sunday morning worshippers Apparently, Pryce had lent money had struggled on, getting deeper
entering St James’ scarcely glanced to Clarke and in March 1849 found and deeper into debt, and asked
across King Street to the corner of himself in great financial difficulties desperately for the repayment of
Macquarie Street, where in those and wanted the loan repaid. some part of his loan to Clarke.
years a stone building housed the There appears to be no record that
Diocesan Registry and the office of FINANCIAL STRUGGLE Clarke responded positively to this
the Bishop. Today a vast modern In writing this begging letter, Pryce pathetic appeal.
block occupies that site. revealed details of the financial
struggle he faced. Writing from It is surprising that he had recklessly
Each day letters from every part ‘Cooma, Maneroo’ he reminded lent Clarke money in the first place.
of his far-flung diocese, firstly Clarke that he had built the By 1849 the Bishop, Kerrison James
Australia and later Sydney and New parsonage at Cooma which had and Clarke were all apparently
South Wales, would arrive for the cost 1,000 pounds. He received from hoping that Pryce would just go
Bishop. These letters would be Bishop Broughton only 50 pounds, away. His financial problems were
handled by the Bishop’s Secretary, and from the government, 333 in the ‘too hard basket’.
Henry Kerrison James, who may pounds, instead of the 500 pounds
have well lived in the Registry and they had promised. Kerrison James, COLOURFUL CAREERS
gave his address as ‘corner of King the Bishop’s secretary, informed All the characters in this revealing
and Macquarie Streets’. Pryce that there was no hope of saga of financial debt and struggle
getting any more. had colourful careers. Edward
LETTERS…LETTERS Gifford Pryce, born in 1814 and a
We may imagine the Bishop, when Pryce also stated that he had graduate of Trinity College, Dublin,
he was not away from Sydney, made himself responsible for the is today honoured as a pioneer
riding in his brougham, or by horse, completion of the Church (old priest of the Monaro, and made a
from his home ‘Tusculum’, on Christ Church, Cooma), with his number of impressive journeys into
Darlinghurst Hill, to the Registry own funds. His salary had been Gippsland in what is now Victoria.
where he would handle this reduced by 50 pounds. Broughton He died in 1904 at the age of 90
correspondence and dictate replies. informed Pryce, through Mr James, years. Whether Clarke ever repaid
that he would like to assist him him his loan is unknown.
Even when he was travelling in but there was no money. Pryce
the bush, Broughton assiduously complained that he had written Henry Kerrison James, Secretary
kept up his correspondence with to the Bishop who had promised to the Bishop, had great gifts as an
clergy and laypeople who wrote to reply to him and then forgot all administrator and for many years
to him. On his travels he always compiled meticulous lists of births,
wrote a note to his beloved wife deaths and marriages before the
Sarah, ‘Sally’, keeping her up to days when the Colonial Government
date, and signing every letter with accepted any responsibility for this
his full episcopal signature: ‘+ W G essential service. He then tried to
Australia’! obtain compensation for his work
and was involved in prolonged
Many of the letters which the litigation until his death in 1883.
Bishop received are lost or His entry in the Australian Dictionary
unavailable. However, one letter of Biography, written by Canberra
from The Rev’d Edward Gifford
Pryce, pioneer Anglican priest continued overleaf
on the Monaro, survives in the

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 19

from bishop broughton’s mailbag continued

historian Jim Gibbney, has further frightened of a convict uprising, the Bathurst district in November
details about him. exclaimed, “Put them away, Mr 1851. The sermon that he preached
Clarke, or we shall all have our on that visit is still preserved. He
William B Clarke, Anglican priest throats cut!”. died in England in 1853 and lies in
and passionate geologist, is often Canterbury Cathedral.
credited with being the real Bishop Broughton struggled on
discoverer of gold in the Colony, with his ministry in the Colony Fr Robert Willson has been a priest and
long before 1851 and the great Gold in spite of the death of his wife teacher in the Diocese of Canberra and
Rush. He often told the story of and his own illness. One of his Goulburn for more than forty years.
showing specimens to Governor last acts was to visit the tent city
Gipps and the horrified Governor, of diggers on the Turon River in

Morning Prayerchristopher waterhouse

The weekday ministries at St quietly and prayerfully together, with us in person have been saying
James’ have recently expanded to which I personally find very Morning Prayer at home at the
include Morning Prayer, Monday centring. Secondly, we are giving same time that we are meeting
to Friday at 8:30am. This comes thanks for the day and offering it to in the Chapel, and we have been
in response to calls for us to re- God, and ourselves to God’s service. praying for them, too (knowing
establish the saying of at least one Thirdly, we are making time to pray that they are praying for us). As
of the Daily Offices. On the retreat for the world, for the church and you pass the church then, please
in September, The Rev’d Catherine for one another. This is the business feel welcome to come through the
Eaton spoke about the importance of the church, especially I think in door and join your prayers with the
of the Offices, and encouraged us to the city precinct; to be a house of countless others who have come to
make this a personal habit; that we prayer. While it is true that any of St James’ to ask for God’s guidance,
say Morning and/or Evening Prayer us can enter at any time and offer to give thanks, to take a little time
as often as possible (preferably private prayers without necessarily out of the day to be in the peace and
daily) and join our prayers with having to attend a service, there sanctuary of the church building.
many throughout the world who is something significant about
do the same, and indeed across praying together each day for In addition to Morning Prayer,
the generations. I fear that saying the worldwide church, for the you are always welcome to attend
Morning or Evening Prayer alone church throughout Australia, for the other weekday ministries at
is actually a very hard thing to do our city neighbours, for the many St James’, including Christian
and to maintain; it is much easier organisations on the doorstep of Meditation, the Lunchtime
to keep up the discipline if we can St James’ and for the many people Eucharist, Choral Evensong
join with a few others, and making who visit the church throughout each Wednesday evening, and
the time to do so presents a range of the week. the fortnightly meeting of our
benefits. alternative worship group ‘Resting
The church building is now open Space’ who meet on alternate
Firstly, in following the lectionary from 8:00am Monday to Friday Tuesday evenings. On the first
we are steadily working our way as we prepare for Morning Prayer, Tuesday evening of the month
through the scriptures and as we which begins at 8:30am and is also the Guild of St Raphael
know, the lectionary very often typically concludes around 8:45am. Healing Eucharist.
presents us with some unusual or The bell is rung before we begin; if
challenging passages of scripture, you’re passing at that time of the ‘If today you hear His voice, harden
that we might not otherwise read. morning and hear the bell, do please not your hearts.’ (Psalm 95)
The lectionary also presents us with come and join us. I know that a
a Psalm (or two) which is read number of people who cannot be Christopher Waterhouse is Director of the
St James’ Institute.

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Weekdays at St James’

Please come and join us.  You are always welcome.

Monday

8:30–8:45am Morning Prayer
12:30–1:00pm Lunchtime Eucharist

Tuesday

8:30–8:45am Morning Prayer
12:30–1:00pm Lunchtime Eucharist
1:10–1:50pm Christian Meditation
6:15–7:15pm Guild of St Raphael Healing Eucharist – first Tuesday of the month
6:30–8:00pm Resting Space (Crypt) – fortnightly
Contemplative practices for spiritual nourishment and transformation

Wednesday

7:45–8:30am Christian Meditation (Crypt)
8:30–8:45am Morning Prayer
12:30–1:00pm Lunchtime Eucharist
1:15–1:45pm Lunchtime Concert
A varied programme of local, interstate and international musicians
6:15–7:00pm Choral Evensong – Sung by The Choir of St James’

Thursday

8:30–8:45am Morning Prayer
12:30–1:00pm Lunchtime Eucharist

Friday

8:30–8:45am Morning Prayer
12:30–1:00pm Lunchtime Eucharist
1:10–1:50pm Christian Meditation

Daily services are held in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. All welcome.

As Sydney’s oldest church, St James’ is a place of soul–stirring worship,
challenging preaching and fine music. We are a progressive community that
welcomes all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or religion.

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bible society australia Indigenous Australians

In NAIDOC week 2018, The St James’ National Manager of Church and Katrina Tjitayi
Institute co-hosted a presentation with Community Relations.
the Bible Society on the translation of the Jonathan’s grandmother, Nell
Bible into Pitjantjatjara. We are pleased According to google maps, the Harris, spent 36 years as a Church
to provide our readers with further trip from Barraba, in northern Missionary Society (CMS)
information about this project with a New South Wales to Gunbalanya missionary in the Northern
media release, dated 9 November, and an (formerly known as Oenpelli), in Territory. In an era when colonial
article by Jonathan Harris. the Top End, should take about thinking meant that Indigenous
40 hours of continuous driving. people were often forced to forget
Imagine if you had never read or But when Jonathan arrived in their traditional language and speak
heard the message of the Bible in the remote Northern Territory only English, Nell was ahead of her
your own language? That is the Indigenous community from time.
reality for Australia’s Indigenous his family farm in NSW, he was
community. Although more than completing a family journey that In the 1930s, Nell joined forces with
half of Indigenous people are began more than 80 years ago. Kunwinjku translators Rachel and
Christians, very few have read Hannah to bring the translation of
or heard the Bible in their ‘heart’ St Mark’s Gospel into the ‘language
language.

Katrina Tjitayi is from the
Pitjantjatjara community, in
central Australia. She is working
on a translation of the whole Bible
into Pitjantjatjara. As Katrina says
“When somebody comes talking
in English, the door is closed.
But when we do our language,
everything spiritual is opened.”

One person who is continuing a
family tradition of opening the
door to faith for Indigenous people
is Jonathan Harris, Bible Society’s

Counselling @ St James’ Editorial
policy
St James’ Church offers a socially inclusive and non-faith based
professional counselling service as part of its outreach ministry to We aim to publish a
the city. wide range of views and
opinions in this magazine.
Our professional counsellors/psychotherapists/coaches are available Publication should
to assist individuals, couples and family members on a wide range therefore not be read as
of issues. Appointment flexibility is offered to accommodate work St James’, the Rector,
schedules. The service is provided in rooms in the lower level of St Parish Council, staff or
James’ Church, located in the heart of the city. parishioners necessarily
endorsing or approving any
To make an appointment, or for further details, please visit www. particular view or opinion.
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embrace new Bible

of the heart’. Sitting under the “Bible Society has been privileged community, the delivery of the
shade of a bark hut, the women
would translate five verses a day. to work collaboratively with our Bibles represents more than just

This publication has been mission partners over many years to a tribute to the work of their
the culmination of decades
of translation work by local ensure the Kuwninjku people of west ancestors. As Hagar Nadjamerrek
Kunwinjku speakers with the
support of CMS missionaries Arnhem Land have a New Testament says, it is a symbol of hope.
and the Anglican Diocese of the
Northern Territory. in their heart language,” Jonathan “This is what we need our kids to
Harris explained. learn and to understand and to
Little did Nell know that one
day her work would become the The United Nations General share the good news amongst our
Kunwinjku Shorter Bible, printed
in China, shipped to Sydney and Assembly has declared 2019 the people,” Hagar says. “Not only in
driven by her grandson to the
community who had waited for International Year of Indigenous this community but sharing out to
eight decades for the Bible to
‘return home’. Languages. Its aim is to raise other communities, other families.

awareness of the crucial role “This is our future.”
languages play in people’s daily lives.

In the small community of You can help us continue the work
Gunbalanya, ‘heart’ language is alive started 80 years ago in a dusty
and well. bark hut in a remote Indigenous
town. Currently, there’s only one
For Jonathan Harris and members full Bible in an Aboriginal language.
of the Gunbalanya Christian This means thousands of Christians
are missing out on God’s word.

Please donate today to help
Indigenous Christians share the
Bible their way, in their words.

For more information https://
www.biblesociety.org.au/projects/
australia-indigenous/

Hagar Nadjamerrek

A reflection from Jonathan Harris…

It was such an honour to be invited of 2017, our Bicentenary year. It was and indigenous ministry team that
to speak at the NAIDOC week event wonderful to join in a 200-year-old a new Indigenous Bible translation
at the St James’ Institute this year. story with organisations such as was arriving in Sydney from the
At the time, I was only weeks away the Centre for Public Christianity, Amity Printing Press in China. To
from leaving to travel to my home Eternity News, Koorong bookshops, my surprise I learned that this
country of Arnhem Land, Northern and Acorn Publishing all under our translation had been started by my
Territory, to deliver a special book umbrella. Grandmother, Nell Harris, with
the Kunwinjku Shorter Bible. her friends Hannah Mangiru and
I was caught up in the hub of
I started working for the Bible activity in our Church relations continued overleaf
Society Australia at the beginning area when I heard from our remote

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A REFLECTION FROM JONATHAN HARRIS continued

Rachel Guril Naboronggelmak in father, Wilfred Harris followed my realised Nami was in tears. She
1936, on a CMS Mission settlement grandparents to Gunbalanya when smiled and said, “I am crying
called Oenpelli (now known I was 3 years old. He also wanted because I am so happy. Even when
as Gunbalanya, the name of the to connect with the local people I am long gone my children and
billabong that the settlement was so that they could understand the grandchildren will still be able to
built next to). The British and gospel in their heart language. As hear me sharing the Gospel with
Foreign Bible Society published the he wasn’t a great public speaker them.” She wiped her tears on her
complete translation of the Gospel and couldn’t speak Kunwinjku top, smiled and she said, “this is
of Mark, the first Gospel the three fluently, he wrote out his sermons rikina! (awesome!).” Tjukurpa Palya
women completed. This began the in English and then asked the is the name of the Pitjantjatjara
82-year journey of the Kunwinjku Indigenous locals to read out the Bible, meaning Good Message!
translation. sermon translating to Kunwinjku
whilst he pressed ‘record’ on a I travelled with the translators to
Imagine my excitement when I reel-to-reel tape recorder. He then deliver and promote the Pitjantjara
asked my father if there were any took that to church on Sunday and Audio Bible in September. Sitting
remnants of Grandma’s translation pressed ‘play’! Since Dad’s mission on our swags on a river bank
work. His response: “It’s all in the experience, the demand for audio somewhere near Titjikala, NT,
shed’’! I located the stored first Bibles has grown dramatically David Barnett told me about the
handwritten Gospel of St Mark in around the world. Our partner challenges they face in matching
an exercise book along with all of YouVersion (Bible App) allows a Middle Eastern words and concepts
my grandparents’ letters from their phone user to listen to multiple to the First Nation languages. For
30 years in the Northern Territory. Bible translation recordings in their example, how would you translate
own language. sheep, or cow, or the concept of
The Bible Society with our media ‘The Kingdom’? Complex words
arm, Eternity News, filmed a mini- The Bible Society, partnering with such as ‘Glory’ were discussed
documentary of my grandmother’s ‘Faith Comes Through Hearing’, around the campfire. David pointed
story. Gran would just chuckle to has just completed a full audio to the fire and said that ‘pitalytji’
herself to hear about us driving recording of the New Testament means glow from an ember deep
four-wheel drives over the East in the Pitjantjatjara language within the fire, but now also means
Alligator river, taking drone of Central Australia. Using 40 ‘glory’ in the Pitjantjatjara Bible.
footage of her beloved billabongs Indigenous readers, the production Such a rich language and the special
and talking to the new CMS has had a far-reaching impact. bush images fascinate me.
Missionaries Matt and Lisa Pearson Besides being available on an App
over this ‘Facebook’ thing. I hope called ‘Bible.is’ the Bible Society If you are interested in learning
that she would be proud of me, has provided a solar powered more about our work or want to
helping in my small way to support device called a ‘Proclaimer’ that can support us in our efforts to finish
the ongoing work of her beloved play to a small group in a house the Bible Translation work and
Kunwinjku language Bible. Gran or township. Louise Sherman, train Indigenous Bible translators,
loved the Aboriginal people. I can Production Coordinator, sent me go to this site www.biblesociety.
deeply resonate with her own this message only a few days ago org.au/theirwords
words from her Journal, ‘I felt at talking about the impact of the
home with them’. audio Bible since the launch in Jonathan Harris is National Manager
September: Church and Community Relations at
Being involved in the Bible Society Bible Society Australia.
has allowed me to explore the I played the Pitjantjatjara Audio
impact of the Scriptures on to Nami this morning on my
Indigenous people in different phone. She sat quietly listening
areas of Australia. Just like in to the Gospel of Mark (she was
Grandma’s day, many Aboriginal the narrator) while I drove, the
or Torres Strait Islanders people occasional ‘wiru’ (great!) and
still don’t have many texts in ‘palya’ (good!) escaping her lips. It
their own language, so they pass was only when I pulled up that I
down their heritage verbally. My

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milestones

BAPTISMS
Josephine Rose Oakes.................................................................................................................................. 28 October 2018
WEDDINGS
Jonathon David Minchin and Johanna Kate Harcombe.........................................................................6 October 2018
FUNERALS
Ian David Cullen............................................................................................................................................. 12 October 2018
Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland............................................................................................... 29 October 2018
Margaret “Peggy” Florence Clements.....................................................................................................6 November 2018
Simon Charles Cox................................................................................................................................... 23 November 2018
MEMORIAL SERVICE
Leath Glenburn Davey............................................................................................................................. 27 November 2018

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Photos: Nick Gilbert and Christopher Shain

The St James’ Organ Appeal
gains momentum

The exciting and ambitious project At a Cocktail Party for Organ a world-class, bespoke instrument
to install a new Pipe Organ in St Appeal donors and benefactors held in this place.”
James’ received a significant boost on 26 October at the Universities,
in October. Union & Schools Club, Mr Dobson The Appeal to raise funds for
spoke further about the organ: the new instrument has been
Mr Lynn Dobson, President “My team and I are really looking enthusiastically and generously
and Artistic Director of Dobson forward to building the first supported by the St James’
Pipe Organ Builders, the firm Dobson instrument in Australia”, he community. Since the Appeal
commissioned to build the new told the guests. opened in April 2018, just under
instrument, made a visit to Sydney $1 million has been raised. The
to discuss project details and Another special guest at the event aim is to reach $1 million—and
design specifications. Abe Batten, was Professor Stephen Darlington, above!—by the end of 2018.
the firm’s technical designer, Organist Emeritus at Christ Church Support for the Appeal is being
accompanied him. Cathedral, Oxford. sought from governments and
other organisations. Donations
“It was a great opportunity to speak “I well know the new Dobson organ are always welcome: go to www.
to key people about the scope of the recently installed in Merton College stjamesfoundationorganappeal.
project, and to better understand Oxford”, Professor Darlington com.au.
the design requirements by actually said. “It has made a huge impact
being in the church, and seeing how there, and only serves to show the Robert Marriott is Chair of the St James’
the instrument is to be used”, Mr opportunities that will open to St Organ Appeal Committee.
Dobson said. James’ by having what will be such

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Christopher Waterhouse 100 Years Since the Armistice:

Images courtesy of Catie Inches-Ogden, Australian Army.

On Saturday 3 November, the St the Commonwealth War Graves troops in 1916. What followed was
James’ Institute welcomed Chaplain Commission records some 1,780 nothing short of extraordinary.
Catie Inches-Ogden, Archdeacon Australian soldiers and 503 British The Fromelles Management Board
to the Army, to present ‘God in the soldiers died in the battle. Many was established, with funding
Warzone’ as we commemorated of the bodies were never recovered. from both the Australian and the
the 100th anniversary of the signing Following the Armistice in 1919, British governments, with the aim
of the Armistice, which ended the the VC Corner Australian Cemetery to recover, identify and rebury the
hostilities of the First World War. and Memorial was constructed in bodies of these soldiers.
Catie gave us some insights into 1920 and 1921, and 410 unknown
the role of a defence force chaplain Australian soldiers are buried Peter Barton, the Fromelles Project
and shared with us some of her there. Others are buried at nearby historian, recalls in his book The
experiences. Of particular note was sites including Rue Petillon and Lost Legions of Fromelles:
her experiences in northern France Ration Farm. Until recently, the
in 2010. In January, February and whereabouts of other soldiers ‘When the Pheasant Wood graves
July of that year, she was involved remained a mystery. Then, in 2007 were finally opened in the spring
in the reburial of the soldiers killed after extensive historical research of 2007, the events of 19/20 July
in the battle at Fromelles during by a retired Australian teacher 1916 lay before our eyes and
the First World War. The battle Lambis Englezos, archaeological beneath our fingers. Each night
of Fromelles took place on 19 July work was carried out at a site during the dig images loitered
1916 during the Somme Offensive known as ‘Pheasants Wood’ (Bois in the mind, and a distinctive
on the Western Front. Units from Faisan) just outside the village of scent lingered in the nostrils.
the Australian 5th Division and the Fromelles. Here, archaeologists They still do. Archival research
British 61st Division were involved. discovered 200 Australian and thus assumed an importance far
The battle incurred heavy losses 50 British soldiers, who had been greater than the customary sifting,
for the Australians and the British; buried in a mass grave by German selection and translation of dusty
papers to produce a report…these

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Remembering and Honouring the Fallen

documents told us why those
men came to be there, who killed
whom, where and how they met
their end, who they were and
where they came from.’

(P. Barton, The Lost Legions of
Fromelles, Crows Nest: Allen and
Unwin, 2014, xviii).

The reburials began in January 2010. In particular, she told us that she reflection about her experience at
General Bruno Cuche, the former thought about the families of these the time: “When the sergeant is
Chief of Defence of the French Army, soldiers as she laid each one to rest. about to call his coffin bearers to
said in his speech at the first reburial Little did she know that sitting march, I look down at each coffin
ceremony on 30 January, “When in the audience at her talk was St I have committed and I think of
we give these soldiers a dignified James’ parishioner Antonia Norris, the mothers and fathers who never
grave we accomplish here one of the whose Great-Grandfather was knew where their sons were buried.”
oldest gestures of mankind. It is a one of the men killed at Fromelles, (https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/
gesture of devotion. It is the gesture and one of the soldiers that Catie history/conflicts/australians-
accomplished by every son for his Inches-Ogden buried during those western-front-19141918/australian-
father and by every nation for their ceremonies in 2010. Antonia’s remembrance-trail/vc-11)
heroes. Let them rest in peace in this reflections are included here. As
land for which they shed their blood you read them you might wish to Christopher Waterhouse is Director of the
and which owes them everything, consider Chaplain Catie’s own St James’ Institute.
including freedom!”

Catie Inches-Odgen spoke to us at
the St James’ Institute about what
it meant to her to be involved in the
reburial of these soldiers; 250 in all.

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 29

ANTONIA NORRIS Remembering Ignatius

What family hasn’t been touched The married couple family member. We contacted the
by the Great War? We are a family Australian Defence Force and, after
that is well-versed with our history his son and only child was just 4 some questions to gauge if Bert was
and perhaps I know more than months old. likely to be one of them, they asked
most about my Great Grandfather. if we would provide a DNA sample.
Ignatius Bertram Norris (known We have letters written by Bert We did, and they were able to
by the family as Bert) was born from Cairo—some that make you confirm 100% that one of the bodies
and raised in Sydney, attended laugh, some that reduce you to in the mass grave was Bert.
Riverview and then went on to tears. He was given command of
study law. He married Bessie the 53rd Battalion and promoted The phrase ‘mass grave’ is so
Lane-Mullins, also Sydney born to Lieutenant Colonel in early 1916. abhorrent. To me it makes me think
and bred. Bert was admitted to the On 19 July 1916, he was killed in the of all those souls tossed in together.
bar in 1908 and was practicing as a battle of Fromelles. We know from It’s so undignified. We were pleased
Barrister on Phillip Street in Sydney letters he wrote that he felt a huge to learn from the Australian Defence
before he left for WWI. In no way responsibility for his men. He led Force that, while it was mass burial,
would he have been prepared for by example and we know that he each solider was lined neatly by the
war, but after he completed his led that battle charge and was one next, arms carefully by their side.
training he was posted to Egypt as of the first people killed. I'm sure When we asked our contact at the
a Major. Bessie moved over to Cairo he would have struggled if he knew Australian Defence Force what the
to be with him. It was in Cairo she so many of his men were killed next steps were, they answered,
gave birth to my Grandfather, John. alongside him. Our history of him “We bury him in Fromelles with
Having left Egypt for the UK, Bessie ends with him dead on the battle full military honours”. We know
got word that Bert was killed when field in enemy territory. Logic that Bert was a religious man and it
would say the Germans buried him would have been deeply important
Above: Engagement announcement a mass grave. to him that he was given a true
Below: Preparing to leave Christian burial. It would have
In 2010 it was reported by the meant a lot to him that he received
Australian Defence Force that they that by the country that he gave
had found a mass grave in Pheasant the ultimate sacrifice for. In the
Wood, Fromelles, and they had European winter of 2010 he was
strong reason to believe that a large buried, and in the European summer
number of soldiers buried there the French, British and Australian
were Australian. We were asked to Defence Forces held a memorial for
make contact if we had reason to all those discovered in the battle of
believe one of the bodies could be a Fromelles. My mother and father
attended and said it was indeed a
very moving ceremony. Britain was
represented by Prince Charles and
Camilla. Australia was represented
by the former Governor General,

Below: The Fromelles battlefield

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Bertam Norris

Quentin Bryce. Afterwards, Quentin The memorial in Fromelles
came to Bert’s gravestone where
mum and dad were standing and burying. Sometimes she didn’t even
had a few words with them about know their name. She said it was
him. The day was a final recognition a discipline of hers to make each
and celebration of the sacrifice individual burial meaningful. From
that these young people had made a family who was directly touched,
for their country. Although it was it is so very important: important
performed 94 years afterwards, to the individual soldiers, to their
it was an elegant and dignified families, and to the current soldiers
ceremony, beautifully done. who know how much every
individual means.
I have been attending Evensong
at St James’ for the last 10 years Antonia Norris is a Parishioner at St
or so with my father. I also really James’
enjoy going to various talks and
presentations by the St James’
Institute. You can imagine my
interest when, in the talk ‘God in
the Warzone’ given by Chaplain
Catie Inches-Ogden, Archdeacon
to the Australian Army, she told
us of her involvement with the
soldiers who were discovered in
a mass grave in Fromelles. I sat
there glued to every word she said.
She would have buried Bert in
the winter of 2010. As a family we
attended the memorial which was
important to us, but as a family we
knew less about the burial, and
to meet Catie was so special. In
her talk, Catie mentioned how
difficult it was not knowing
anything about the soldiers she was

Choral Matins to commemorate the centenary
of the signing of the Armistice

What a moving Service it was. A This gave the congregation the
simple service conducted with opportunity to reflect on “the
dignity, sincerity and beautiful music. War to end all wars” and its
There was no judging, no excuses, consequences. It was indeed one
just a respectful acknowledgement of of the most moving experiences I
the significance of what occurred 100 have ever had.
years ago, made all the more powerful
by the tolling of the bell 100 times. Carolyn Lawes is a Parishioner at St
James’

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 31

The St James’ Donation form for:
Foundation
The St. James’ Building and Property Foundation
An invitation from the Right & The St. James’ Music Foundation
Reverend Richard Hurford, OAM
Directors: Chairman
In 1999, as the Chairman of the Australian Council of the International CEO
Guild of Church Musicians, I was part of a small group of church Right Reverend Richard Hurford OAM, KStJ
Graham Smith
music supporters which shared the vision of establishing the St James’ Christine Bishop LLB (Syd) FAICD
Foundation. I then served as the Foundation’s first Chairman. Robert Cameron JP
Daniel Ferguson JP
The current Board of Directors invite you to support this dynamic Gregory West CA
resource for St James by way of donation or bequest.
Name
The St James’ Foundation Ltd. Phone

The St James’ Foundation Ltd is a company limited by guarantee and is the Mobile
trustee of two charitable trusts, the St James’ Music Foundation and the
Address
St James’ Church Building and Property Foundation.
Right Reverend Richard Hurford OAM, KStJ (Chairman), Postcode
Graham Smith (CEO), Christine Bishop LLB (Syd) FAICD,
Robert Cameron JP, Daniel Ferguson JP and Gregory West CA Email

are directors of the Foundation. Please accept my donation to the
Capital Fund of the Music Foundation
The St James’ Music Foundation
$
The object of the Music Foundation is:
To provide financial and other assistance to enable the production and Please accept my donation to the
performance of sacred and secular music with a particular focus on choral Capital Activities Fund of the
Music Foundation
and pipe organ music along with other expressions of the creative
and performing arts. $

The Music Foundation allows two kinds of donations; those towards the Please accept my donation to the
capital fund, which is invested to provide annual distributions to the Parish. Organ Replacement & Restoration Fund
of the Music Foundation
The second kind of donation can be to particular reserves, like the organ
restoration/rebuilding fund, scholarships, production of CD’s or other $
reserves that meet with the requirements of the Foundation and the needs
of the Parish. Donations to the Music Foundation are tax deductible. Please accept my donation to the
Capital Fund of the Building Foundation
The St James’ Church Building
and Property Foundation $

The object of the Building and Property Foundation is to provide financial Please draw cheques to the
assistance to St James for the restoration, preservation, maintenance, St James’ Music Foundation or
improvement, enhancement and upkeep of the Church building, its The St James’ Building Foundation and forward to:
fixtures, fittings and ornaments. The Building Foundation is principally a The Treasurer, Unit 2702/5 York St, Sydney 2000

capital fund, the income of which is distributed to the parish. Donations to OR
the Building Foundation are not tax deductible.
Direct Bank Transfer
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Sing from the Source! antony pitts

This spring The Song Company Lambe and, quite possibly, John English sound of The Eton Choirbook,
and The Academy of St James’ co- Browne were there in the late 1460s Galli cantant, Italiae capriant, Germani
presented a series of professional as boys. John Browne, composer ululant, Anglici jubilant (roughly
workshops on singing from early of the astounding six-part setting translated as ‘The French sing,
music manuscripts. The musical of Stabat mater dolorosa may the Italians quaver, the Germans
focus of the workshops has been have gone on to New College, wail, and the English make a joyful
The Eton Choirbook, one of the most Oxford, while Richard Davy was noise!’): we have been rediscovering
glorious manuscripts of early at Magdalen College, Oxford in in this wonderful music that
Renaissance polyphony, with the the 1490s. We can imagine these ‘overwhelming expression of the
knowledge transfer aim of giving composers and their fellow-singers ecstasy of the spirit, the joy that
professional/pro-am singers the grouped around the huge choirbook goes beyond words’, and that has
opportunity to work directly with on a lectern—seven or so men, and been reflected in feedback from
the original notation, and to learn in front, ten boys who with eyesight the participants: “challenging and
how to sing from it without the still undimmed could read from inspiring and totally fascinating”,
usual modern aids of barlines, the top of the very large pages. The “It is exhilarating to be singing
scores, and accidentals. I led size of the pages meant they had to such extraordinary music”, “It is
the seven workshops, held at St be parchment and, in order to be all quite brilliant and everyone is
James’, with an additional St James’ legible in the uncertain candlelight, really enjoying the learning and the
Institute lecture by Professor the music was solidly inscribed on experience”!
Stephen Darlington; we have both staves 2cm high.
made critically-acclaimed albums of Next year The Song Company will
music from The Eton Choirbook with Each voice-part is written out be presenting music from The Eton
TONUS PEREGRINUS on Naxos by itself (without barlines) on Choirbook in a concert tour from 9
and the Choir of Christ Church one part of the open double-page February to 2 March 2019: http://
Cathedral, Oxford on Avie Records. spread: unlike a modern score, the.song.company/Treble-helix-
We have been using specially- there is no vertical alignment unlocked/
provided facsimiles from the Digital between the parts and there is
Image Archive of Mediaeval Music little to show the existence of the A handful of copies of the DIAMM
(DIAMM) in Oxford.. tactus—or beat—apart from the facsimile of The Eton Choirbook are
groupings of the noteheads. The available at a significant discount
The Eton Choirbook—a giant harmony is usually based on simple for $300 (original price is £195 plus
manuscript from Eton College triads, in either root position or £40 postage – over $400).
Chapel—is one of the greatest first inversion, while the melodic
surviving treasuries of music from lines are characterised by serious Antony Pitts is Artistic Director of The
pre-Reformation England. Eton syncopation and irregularity in Song Company.
College was founded (along with both rhythm and phrasing. Red ink
King’s College, Cambridge) in provided a way of conveying further
the early 1440s by King Henry instructions to the performers:
VI. The Choirbook itself was put red text is used in sections for
together around 1500. Out of the 25 reduced numbers of voices, while
composers represented in The Eton red noteheads introduce the
Choirbook, several had strong links notion of binary ‘imperfection’
with Eton College itself: Walter into a mensural world of rhythmic
proportions grounded on the
Trinitarian foundation of the
mediaeval theorists—three against
two: resulting in triplets and
hemiolas [a type of cross rhythm],
as musicians call them today...

There is a proverb which could
have been inspired by the peculiarly

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 33

colin’s corner

Continuing the theme: December 1918 letter will be of interest: “The
100 YEARS AGO St. James’ evening at the Boys’
Selected items from Brigade is the greatest success.
FROM the MONTHLY The helpers are taking so much
CHURCH MESSENGER, Parish Notes trouble to interest the boys
june 1918 and provide them with such
2. The free distribution of the excellent amusement that the
Girls’ Column. Church Messenger will in future evening attracts a large number
be discontinued. Copies of the of the urchins.”
THE ISLAND OF BARATARIA.1 March number and those which
follow will be sent by post to 9. St. James’ has undertaken to
Where is this wonderful island? It is all those whose names are on provide the expense (£10 per
in the same latitude as the Island of the Parish Register. For this annum) of a cot at the Burwood
Dreams. It is just that corner of the purpose they are requested to Homes as a contribution
heart and brain whence comes all pay an annual subscription towards the Bishop Stone-Wigg5
that is purest and best within us, the of 2s 6d. Copies (one penny Memorial Fund. The collector
home of our ideals and inspirations. each) will also be available for is Mrs. Moseley, to whom
Shall we not each one of us in this purchase at the Church. contributions may be made.
epoch-making age, these stirring
times of opportunity, visit our Island 4. The Choir has rendered faithful 10. The Sunday teas for returned
of Barataria, and seek to put into and regular service throughout soldiers and sailors have been
action and practice our noblest the year; especially at the well maintained, the numbers
thoughts, our best selves? Great Festivals, and during on one Sunday night rising to
the Victory celebrations, both 100. The most warm-hearted
If big events and happenings are men and boys have responded appreciation is shown on the
in the air, no less is it “the day of to every demand made upon part of those invited to the
small things”2; so all can contribute them. It is due to their unfailing ladies and gentlemen of the
to world-wide “unity, fellowship, attendance at practices congregation, who devote
peace.” Let us then determine and services, backed by the their leisure hours on Sunday
that our work shall be thoroughly untiring care of the organist, afternoons to the labour of
done, our time wisely spent, our that the services retain their providing the tea. Where labour
gifts, however, small, devoted to traditionally high level. cannot be given, subscriptions
the Master’s use just where He to cover expenses will be
has placed us. That willingness, 5. A tribute of appreciation is also welcome, and should he paid to
cheerfulness, and kindliness, shall due to the ladies, who have the Rev. O. J. Collis.
be the basis of all. In the words borne the brunt throughout
of the poet: “To give to the world the year of cleaning the Altar 1. As someone who enjoys Gilbert and
the best we have, and the best will brassware, of providing and Sullivan operas, I had to include this
come back to us.”3 arranging weekly the Altar item. The King of Barataria is the
flowers and of decorating the alternate title of The Gondoliers.
Shall we not make a special visit to Church for the great Festivals.
our Barataria, with a world-wide 2. Zechariah 4: 10
peace hovering over us, and the 6. Recent gifts to the Church
certainty of the joy of Christ’s own include a new violet Altar 3. Madeline S Bridges (1844-1920)
peace about to be commemorated. frontal for the side chapel, and
Then be “up and doing” what we a beautiful fair linen cloth for 4. I have been unable to find any information
can to make peace bring peace, the high Altar, while Miss on the writer of ‘The Island of Barataria’.
the truest peace to all, those near Sibthorpe and Miss Mason
at hand, and those far away, ever have kindly presented a new 5. Bishop Stone-Wigg died in October
remembering that the Christ-child St. George’s Flag for flying over 1918. See COLIN’S CORNER in
King was born on Christmas Day, the Church. August–September 2018 edition of Parish
the Christ-child King was born for Connections.
all. —Eitten Resarf4. 8. The following extract from a
Colin Middleton is the Archives Assistant
at St James’.

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st James’ institute update christopher waterhouse

On Sunday 25 November we Christian Book of the Year. In her

launched the 2019 St James’ talk, Meredith will explore the

Institute programme. Subscriptions impact of the Bible in Australia and

are now on sale for the full year will discuss some of the surprising

of activities. There are a range consequences for culture and

of programmes, activities and society, drawing on materials from

events, and I really hope you’ll find her award-winning book.

something of interest to you. On Thursday 21 February at 6pm,

We begin the year with three Trinity College Melbourne, in

‘Twenty Minute Talks’, one before conjunction with the St James’

each of the January Orchestral Institute, presents the second

Masses. The talks will be presented annual Robin Sharwood Lecture in

from 9am to 9:20am in the St Canon Law. This year we welcome

James’ Hall (Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Professor Mark Hill QC to speak England, an Honorary Professor of
Law at Cardiff University, and an
Street, opposite the church) and on ‘Anglican Canon Law: Identity, adjunct professor at Notre Dame
University Law School in Sydney.
are free to attend. Presenters Ecclesiology and Ecumenism’. He has published widely in the
area of ecclesiastical law, including
include musicologist and St James’ One of the unique features of the leading textbook Ecclesiastical
Law (now in its fourth edition), as
parishioner Robert Forgács, Anglicanism is the seemingly well as English Canon Law, Religious
Liberty and Human Rights, Religion and
broadcaster Meg paradoxical manner in which its Discrimination Law in the European
Union, Religion and Law in the United
Matthews (presenter component Kingdom and Great Christian Jurists in
English Law. He is currently working
with Fine Music provinces are on an edited volume, Christianity and
Criminal Law: An Introduction.
102.5fm) and me. Tea autonomous
Other guest speakers in 2019
and coffee will be yet in include Dr Katherine Firth, who
joins us to talk about ‘Captivity and
served and we’ll ISNTSJTAITMUETSE’ communion Freedom in the Writings of Dietrich
reserve seats in the one with Bonhoeffer’; Peter Abood from
Prison Fellowship NSW joins us to
church for those another. talk about ministry in prisons; Dr
Benjamin Myers visits in the middle
who attend the Professor Hill of the year to explore the poetry of
George Herbert; Monsignor Tony
talks. The services 2019 will explore if Doherty and author Ailsa Piper
are held in St it is possible to will talk about their new book on
Programme friendships and the spirituality
Highlights of pilgrimage in Letters from a Most
Unlikely Friendship; and Dr Robyn
James’ Church at frame principles Wrigely Carr joins us to talk about
the spiritual writer and retreat
10am on Sunday 13 of canon law leader Evelyn Underhill. The Rev’d
Elaine Farmer shares her insights
January (Cavalli’s drawn from the
continued overleaf
Messa Concertata), common features

Sunday 20 StJamesInstitute_A5_2019Season_Booklet_FA.indd 1 of the local laws
January (Howells’ of each province.
20/11/18 10:34 pm

An English Mass) and Sunday 27 These in turn contribute to the

January (Haydn’s Theresienmesse). self-understanding of Anglican

As 2019 marks the 200th anniversary identity worldwide. The lecture
of the laying of the foundation will consider how this can prove a
stone of St James’ Church, we’ll be fruitful subject for study as a form
looking at various aspects of the of applied ecclesiology, and how it
history of St James’ (and beyond) can bring vision and vitality to the
in the coming years. One of our ecumenical endeavour.

first historical topics concerns the Professor Hill was appointed

history of the Bible in Australia. Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and

On Sunday 17 February we look is Chancellor of the Church of

forward to welcoming Dr Meredith England Dioceses of Chichester,

Lake, whose book The Bible in Leeds and Europe, a member of the

Australia: A Cultural History has Legal Advisory Commission of the

recently been named Australian General Synod of the Church of

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 35

st james’ institute update continued

and experiences of preaching and to Sue Mackenzie for her work in articulate and more confident about
discusses ‘homiletical arts and preparing this study series. Then our faith.
crimes’ in her talk, as she marks the in Advent we’ll meet to discuss
20th anniversary of her association the Psalms—an extraordinary Christopher Waterhouse is the Director of
with St James’ King Street; and collection of poems, prayers and the St James’ Institute.
The Rev’d Canon Dr Scott Cowdell praise to God that speak deeply to
shares from the heart in a talk the human condition and human “Education lies at the heart of
about adoption and what it means experiences. understanding. An enquiring
to be adopted as God’s own beloved mind has the capacity to
children. St James’ own Associate I’m increasingly aware that while change and grow, which
Professor Michael Horsburgh many of us make time for our can bring thoughtfulness,
AM presents ‘Hatch, Match and physical health and well-being, we meaning and purpose. This
Dispatch: Occasional Services of don’t spend nearly enough time is especially important in the
the Anglican Church’ exploring nurturing our spiritual health spiritual journey by which
baptisms, marriages and funerals, and well-being. To that end, I we seek to encounter God
as well as some of the less common encourage you to consider joining and be transformed. We
services contained within the us for our annual retreat to be held are fortunate to have the St
prayer book. And I’ll present ‘Faces in September when we’ll spend James’ Institute providing
of Christ: Depicting Christ in Art’ some time in quiet prayer and many opportunities to
looking at how art might help (or contemplation reflecting on the engage with ideas, encounter
hinder) our understandings of Jesus oft forgotten joys of our Christian moving experiences, and
Christ as shepherd, as light of the faith (it’s not all sour faces and ‘we lead to nourishment of the
world, as teacher, as friend, as Son thine unworthy servants’). And for soul. I therefore commend
of God, as saviour and redeemer. those who find a whole weekend the Institute and its 2019
on retreat a little daunting, there’s a programme. Through it we are
Our study groups will meet three spiritual health day in Advent at St provided with opportunities for
times throughout the year, firstly John’s Balmain. honest intellectual endeavour,
to discuss the Archbishop of with open and respectful
Canterbury’s 2019 Lent Book, Indeed, our entire programme is discussion, all performed in
Reconciliation by Dr Muthuraj directed at spiritual nourishment an adult and non-judgemental
Swamy. Then in June we’ll meet to and growth. I hope you’ll be able learning environment.”
study the various roles of women to join us from time to time as we
as mentioned in the Bible and what hear from some outstanding guest (Rev’d Andrew Sempell, 2018).
the Bible has to say about women speakers and explore aspects of
in leadership; I am most grateful faith and spirituality that help us
to become more informed, more

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music notes ALISTAIR NELSON

December is upon us, and as the of Music, who will be on leave are very familiar with works of
new church year begins, I start for much of December. Michael Howells, such as his service settings
with a brief recap of the past two was formerly Director of Music for King’s College Cambridge,
months. In October was the last at Trinity College, University of and his beloved anthem Like as the
Bach Cantata of the year, which Melbourne, and has maintained hart. It will be really exciting to
was performed in fine style. We close links with St James’ over perform and hear some ‘orchestral
will look forward to another series the years. In April this year, he Howells’. The string orchestra adds
of Cantatas next year. The service joined our choir in Gallipoli for a degree of intense passion to the
of All Souls was commemorated the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, accompaniment of the choir, which
with a richly textured Missa pro where they performed one of his makes for a particularly heart-
Defunctis by Duarte Lobo. The compositions. You can read more in wrenching setting of the mass text.
Brahms Requiem was well received Michael’s interview on page ##.
in concerts at St James’ and Thirdly and finally, another mass
Bundanoon. The commemoration Michael Leighton Jones will lead setting from the inexhaustible
of the Armistice on Remembrance the Choir during that busy and imagination of Joseph Haydn.
Day was a solemn occasion, exciting week of carol services Written in 1799, it was one of six
enhanced by moving settings of the leading up to Christmas Day. As masses Haydn composed for the
Canticles (Te Deum and Benedicite) usual, St James’ offers a variety of name day of Princess Maria Josepha
by Herbert Howells. And later in Carol services, with the Lunchtime Hermenegilde. However, it has
November, participants in the St Lessons and Carols, Candlelight been named Theresienmesse after
James’ Institute seminar, ‘How we Carol Services, and the traditional Maria Theresa of the Two Sicilies,
came to sing hymns’, were treated service of Nine Lessons and Empress Consort of Francis II.
to a fascinating journey through Carols—first performed in Kings Theresa was herself a soprano and
a history of hymns singing in the College Cambridge 100 years ago— was known to have performed solo
Anglican Church. then Christmas will be celebrated parts in Haydn works in private
with Palestrina’s sumptuous Missa performances. The setting is in
And now come Advent and the Christus natus est. B-flat, the perfect key for Clarinets
new church year. Advent Sunday and Trumpets, which augment the
begins in majestic style with In January, we enter the season strings in the orchestra. Whilst not
Vierne’s Messe solennelle at Choral of Orchestral Masses. Continuing the most familiar of Haydn’s masses,
Eucharist. Then, in the evening, the with our early Baroque theme, the it is full of elegance and sparkle.
delightfully atmospheric Advent first is Messa Concertata by Italian
Procession with Carols is my composer Francesco Cavalli. He Alistair Nelson is Organist at St James’.
personal favourite service of the spent most of his life at St Mark’s
season. The following weekend will Venice, where he sang under
be the concert Angels and Trumpets, Monteverdi. He later became
which is a reprise of the Praetorius organist there (during which time
Christmas Mass performed here in he wrote and published this mass)
2015. Tickets are selling fast, so be and was for the final years of his
sure to book soon. The Choir has life ‘maestro di cappella’. The mass
also been invited back to sing at is written for double choir with
The Art Gallery of NSW for their strings, sackbuts, and cornetts, and
Art After Hours concert series. is full of Baroque splendour. There
This year will feature a concert of are contrasting sections for each
European choral works inspired by phrase of text, often employing
the exhibition ‘Masters of Modern dance-like triple rhythms. 
Art from the Hermitage’.
For the second mass, we will have
Over the Christmas period, we look An English Mass by Herbert Howells.
forward to welcoming Michael This will be the first time an
Leighton Jones back to St James’ English-language orchestral mass
to cover for Warren, our Head has been performed at St James’.
Those who attend here regularly

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 37

[email protected] james’ in DECEMBER/JANUARY

choral music

The Choir of St James’ continues to offer inspiring choral music of the highest standards. Here is its music list for
the next two months.

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER TuesDAY 25 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY

11:00am – CHORAL EUCHARIST 10:00am – CHORAL EUCHARIST OF THE
Mass setting: Vierne – Messe solennelle NATIVITY
Motet: Byrd – Tollite portas Mass setting: Palestrina – Missa Hodie Christus natus est
Motet: Shelley – Nowell
7:30pm – ADVENT CAROLS SERVICE
SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER
WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER
10:00am – PARISH EUCHARIST
6:15pm – CHORAL EVENSONG Mass setting: Dudman – Eucharist
Responses: Jackson
Canticles: Jackson – Truro Service SUNDAY 6 JANUARY
Anthem: Leighton Jones – Adam lay y-bounden
10:00am – PARISH EUCHARIST
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER Mass setting: Dudman – Eucharist

11:00am – CHORAL EUCHARIST SUNDAY 13 JANUARY
Mass setting: Palestrina – Missa Je suis déshéritée
Motet: Hassler – Canite tuba 10:00am – ORCHESTRAL MASS
Mass setting: Cavalli – Messa Concertata
WEDNESDAY 12 DECEMBER
SUNDAY 20 JANUARY
6:15pm – CHORAL EVENSONG
Responses: Ayleward 10:00am – ORCHESTRAL MASS
Canticles: Palestrina – Magnificat 'primi toni' Mass setting: Howells – An English Mass
Anthem: Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse dyevo
SUNDAY 27 JANUARY
SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER
10:00am – ORCHESTRAL MASS
11:00am – CHORAL EUCHARIST Mass setting: Haydn – Theresienmesse
Mass setting: Stopford – Keble Missa brevis
Motet: Bruckner – Ave Maria

WEDNESDAY 19 DECEMBER

1:15pm – LUNCHTIME LESSONS AND CAROLS

6:30pm – CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE

THURSDAY 20 DECEMBER

6:30pm – CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE

SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER

11:00am – CHORAL EUCHARIST
Mass setting: Byrd – Mass for four voices
Motet: Elsley – A lady that is so fair and bright

7:30pm – A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND
CAROLS

MONDAY 24 DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE

10:30pm – MIDNIGHT EUCHARIST OF THE
NATIVITY
Introit: Silent Night (arr. Twist)
Mass setting: Palestrina – Missa Hodie Christus natus est
Motet: Elsley – Syre Christemas

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[email protected] james’ in DECEMBER/JANUARY

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

Experience the peaceful atmosphere of Sydney’s oldest church as it is filled with music every Wednesday lunchtime
between 1:15pm and 1:45pm. A suggested donation of $5 helps us to cover the cost of putting on the concerts.
Concertgoers can present their programme at Jardin St James’ to receive a 15% discount between 1:45pm and 3:30pm.

5 December 26 December–23 January
Alistair Nelson – organ no concerts

12 December 30 January
NSW Police Band SSO Fellowship 2019

19 December
The Choir of St James’

JOKE SPOT ANSWERS ŪŪ Joy to the World
ŪŪ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
ŪŪ White Christmas ŪŪ The Twelve Days of Christmas
ŪŪ All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth ŪŪ Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
ŪŪ O Holy Night ŪŪ We Three Kings
ŪŪ O Come, All Ye Faithful ŪŪ Deck the Halls
ŪŪ Little Drummer Boy ŪŪ What Child is This?
ŪŪ God Rest Ye, Merry Gentleman
ŪŪ Silent Night

ORCHESTRAL MASSES 2019

The Choir and Orchestra of St James’ will again provide sublime musical settings for three special services in early 2019.
Note the dates in your diary now so you don’t miss out! Each service begins at 10:00am.

Sunday 13 January Sunday 20 January Sunday 27 January
Francesco Cavalli Herbert Howells Joseph Haydn
Messa Concertata An English Mass Theresienmesse

december 2018/january 2019 ST JAMES’ PARISH CONNECTIONS PAGE 39

A ST JAMES’ PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO

Hayllar Music Tours is planning a two-week tour in April/May 2020 to Spain with The Choir of St James’.
The tour across Spain will include concerts by The Choir of St James’ and informative St James’ Institute talks,

as well as plenty of spare time to explore this beautiful country on foot and by coach.

Group leaders will include The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Warren Trevelyan-Jones and Christopher Waterhouse.
The tour will go on sale on Monday 14 January 2019. Further details about costs and the itinerary will be available from this
date. Enquiries in the meantime can be made to Brooke Shelley on [email protected] or by phoning 8227 1300.

Hayllar Music Tours crafts the finest small-group music and cultural tours around the world.

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