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Please find below a selection of reflections from the York Minster Clergy.

Daily reflection (posted 27 May)
Reverend Catriona joins us from the gardens of the Minster to give a short reflection and prayer on what it’s like to have a child in lockdown, drawing on the feast of the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to her cousin, Elizabeth.

Daily reflection (posted 20 May)
Canon Chris reflects on the relevance of Alcuin of York by encouraging us to delight in things for their own sake.

Alcuin of York

Daily reflection (posted 14 May)
Canon Michael has written a reflection for the Feast Day of St Matthias. St Matthias is the only disciple ever known to have won the lottery.

The Feast Day of St Matthias

Daily reflection (posted 8 May)
Canon Vicky Johnson reflects on Julian of Norwich’s visions and how they challenge us to work towards a society which is founded on love and compassion for all people.

Julian of Norwich- A saint for our times

Daily reflection (posted 1 May)
Canon Michael has written a reflection for the Feast Day of St Philip and James.

Reflection for Feast Day

Daily reflection (posted 29 April)
Reverend Catriona Cummings reflects on the love, truth and perseverance of Catherine of Siena, teacher of faith.

Catherine of Siena

Daily reflection (posted 27 April)
On this day, the Church of England remembers the Poet and Spiritual writer Christina Rossetti. 

Remembering Christina Rossetti

Daily reflection (posted 25 April)
The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood reflects on Mark the Evangelist: our life is hidden with Christ in God.

Mark the Evangelist

A Special Maundy Thursday reflection (posted 9 April)
Reverend Abigail Davison reflects on how the seemingly little things can make a big difference in our lives.

Daily reflection (posted 8 April)
Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the Gospel passage John 11: 1-44, and the reality of Christ’s embrace of human life and suffering.

Jesus Wept

Daily reflection (posted 7 April)
Revd Catriona Cumming reflects on how you can find hope in the courage and conviction of Jesus, even in the most difficult times.

Tuesday of Holy Week 2020

Daily reflection (posted 6 April)
Ever wondered what Judas was thinking on Palm Sunday? Canon Michael has written a story about how he might have experienced that strange day…

Judas and the triumphal entry into Jerusalem

Daily reflection (posted 3 April)
Revd Catriona Cummings shares her thoughts on how in today’s current climate the most loving thing you can do for your friends and family to to stay at home.

John 10: 31-end (accompanying reading)

Daily reflection (posted 2 April)
Abigail Davison is a Distinctive Deacon who has been based in York Minster since her ordination in 2018.  Until very recently she worked as a care assistant, providing palliative care for patients in the final year of their life.  She has now moved into the post of Spiritual Care Lead at St Leonard’s Hospice, where she supports patients and staff as part of the holistic care team.

The Lament over Jerusalem

Daily reflection (posted 1 April)
A Reflection from Victoria Johnson, Canon Precentor. Vicky’s work involves overseeing the music and worshipping life of York Minster and she reflects here on her sadness when the Choirs of the Minster had to stop singing, but also her hope that our united voices might bring new hope to the world in this time of crisis.

How can we keep singing until we can sing again?

Daily reflection (posted 31 March)
The Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the idea of new birth.

New birth

Daily reflection (posted 30 March)
The Revd Canon Michael Smith reflects on John chapter 8 verses 1-11.

Reflection on the gospel – John 8.1-11

Daily reflection (posted 27 March)
The Revd Canon Dr Chris Collingwood reflects on Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem ‘God’s Grandeur’.

The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things

Daily reflection (Posted 26 March)
The Revd Canon Maggie McLean (Missioner) reflects on the raising of Lazarus. 

I am the resurrection and the life

The Feast of Annunciation (Posted 25 March)
Canon Vicky Johnson (Precentor) offers two hymns and a reading as we mark the feast of the annunciation, when Mary receives news from an angel that she is to be the mother of God.

Download copy and hymns here

Sunday Sermon (Posted 22 March)

Canon Michael Smith (Pastor) reads his sermon from Lent 4 entitled Healing the blindness 
1 Samuel 16.1-13 & John 9

Thought of the day (posted 20 March)
Our own Canon Michael Smith (Pastor) give his thoughts on the latest regarding the pandemic.

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