Three days to change the world

Posted on the 8th April 2017 in the Category - Sermons

The Easter edition of Together is out now and can be found here.   Amongst the many excellent articles is one where Bishop Glyn explains the significance of the coming days for Christians.


Three days to change the world


One of the great joys of getting older, so I have been encouragingly told, is the wisdom of years that you gain, and all those marvellous experiences through which we pass which add to the compendium of our knowledge.


While that may be true, I have to admit that one of the downsides of growing older is that aches and pains can also multiply and trips to the doctor increase! It is just one of the realities of my own life that I have always had a certain amount of trouble with my eyes, particularly my right eye. And over the last year or so it had become obvious that my sight was deteriorating dramatically, and I was having increasing trouble, for example, in reading the various books and pieces of paper I was presented with at the Altar.


Fortunately, a familiarity with the various texts for the Eucharist (and larger screen TVs!) made this not too great a burden for me, but eventually in November last and in January this year I had to have a couple of operations on my eyes to remove the cataracts that had formed with age. The lenses in the eyes tend to harden with the years, so focussing becomes limited, and the lenses themselves become opaque, no longer letting light through in the way they should. These days, of course, with the wonders of modern science and medicine, the lenses can be replaced and sight stabilised and restored remarkably easily and with little risk.


But it is only after such an operation that you realise quite how blurred your vision had become and how, with surgery, the clarity of the world in which we live and work has been restored.


We are entering into one of the holiest seasons of the year, one of the most meaningful, and indeed one of my favourite seasons – Lent, which leads up to the wondrous celebration of the Easter Mystery over those Great Three Days which conclude Holy Week. It can be a most wonderful time of renewal and growth on our pilgrim journey towards the Kingdom, if we have eyes to see and hearts open to what God wants to grant us. But familiarity with the worship of this season, no matter how well done, sometimes dulls us to what it is we should be experiencing – perhaps a bit like those wretched cataracts that dulled my own sight.


Having had my sight restored these last months, I would love all of us to have our spiritual sight restored this Lent and Eastertide, and I venture to suggest that if we all enter into the great acts of worship of this season with eyes wide-open then as a community we would find our lives enriched, and we would become like yeast or leaven within the life of the wider Church. Is that too much to hope?


For a bishop the Triduum is prefaced by the annual Chrism Mass at which his priests, gathered in the presence of God’s Holy People and their bishop, renew their promises to be faithful in their ministry in imitation of Jesus Christ, the head and shepherd of the Church, by teaching the Christian Faith without self-regard, solely for the well-bring of the people they are sent to serve. And then the bishop blesses the three Holy Oils which are used in ministry throughout the Church’s life from womb to tomb, oils used for strengthening, healing, and the bestowal of the Spirit’s gifts. The oils are sent out from this Liturgy to all the parishes as the sign and effectual symbol of their sharing the bishop’s ministry in imitation of Christ the Great High Priest. If you possibly can, please make every effort to join your bishops at this wonderful Service before you launch into your parish’s celebration of the Triduum. And if you have never been, then go!


Though we most often regard the three significant liturgies of the Triduum as separate events – Last Supper, Calvary, and Empty Tomb – in reality they are one great liturgy, drawing us over the three days from one location and part of the drama to the next, as with Christ we ‘pass over’ from the death of sin to life eternal. These are wonderful dramas in which we take our place not as spectators but participants; we are invited to be part of the ‘action’ of the play, not just those who sit on the side-lines and watch. And as with Christ we pass from the ancient ritual of the Jewish supper table (where we temper our pride as feet are washed, and decide whose side we will take) to mount Calvary’s Altar-Tree, our willingness to bear a share in the Lord’s death can, God willing, lead us inexorably through the darkness of the stone-cold tomb to the bright newness of undying life. And we will find ourselves as those who live as people of the Risen King inhabiting the light of Easter, rather than those who still reside in death’s ‘gloomy portal’.


+Glyn Beverley

The Easter edition of Together is out now and can be found here.   Amongst the many excellent articles is one by Dr Colin Podmore, the Secretary of the Council of Bishops, which explains the process of Parishes affiliating to The Society.  This is now happening accross the See of Beverley and indeed accross the country.  As well as the article which we've kindly been given permission to produce below, further information can also be found here. - See more at:
The Easter edition of Together is out now and can be found here.   Amongst the many excellent articles is one by Dr Colin Podmore, the Secretary of the Council of Bishops, which explains the process of Parishes affiliating to The Society.  This is now happening accross the See of Beverley and indeed accross the country.  As well as the article which we've kindly been given permission to produce below, further information can also be found here. - See more at:

Bishop of Sheffield: Peter Wilcox

Posted on the 7th April 2017 in the Category - Announcements

Following today’s announcement that The Very Reverend Pete Wilcox is to be the next Bishop of Sheffield, Bishop Glyn assures Dean Pete, his wife Catherine, and the Diocese of his prayers. Bishop Glyn will be particularly praying for Pete as he prepares to come to Sheffield at what is obviously an important and sensitive time in the life of the Diocese.


As an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool, Bishop Glyn has first-hand experience of serving alongside Pete as the Dean of Liverpool. He believes that Pete has the right personality and appropriate gifts to bring calm, peace, and reconciliation to the Diocese and to oversee its ongoing life and mission. In the meantime Bishop Glyn continues to pray for the Sheffield Diocese, praying especially for Bishop Peter Burrows as he continues to hold its life within his episcopal care.


Canon Ray Bridson, the Bishop of Beverley's representative in the Diocese of Liverpool and the organiser of the Walsingham Festivals at Liverpool Cathedral, said:

"Liverpool Diocese has benefited greatly from Pete Wilcox's ministry as Dean of our cathedral.  I'm personally grateful to him for the encouragement and support we received in the organisation and preparation for the Walsingham Festival last year and for the sincerity and warmth of welcome extended to all the pilgrims on the day.  I have no doubt in his ability to strengthen the mission of the Church in Sheffield and of his commitment to the Mutual Flourishing of all traditions within the Church of England.  I assure Pete and Catherine of our continued prayers both for them and the Diocese of Sheffield."  

Chrism Masses 2017

Posted on the 6th April 2017 in the Category - Announcements


This year Bishop Glyn will celebrate the following Chrism Masses for the See of Beverley:


Sunday 9th April 6.00pm S Aidan, Grangetown, Sunderland Register Here
Monday 10th April 12noon S Helen, Carlin How
Register Here
Tuesday 11th April 11.30am Manchester Cathedral Register Here
Wednesday 12th April 12noon Ss John & Mary Magdalene, Goldthorpe Register Here


Those bringing groups, and priests wishing to concelebrate should complete the online registration form by clicking the appropriate link above, or fill in the appropriate section of this form and return it to Ellie Doolan, Holy Trinity Rectory, 81 Micklegate, York, YO1 6LE.


Chrism Masses celebrated by the other Bishops of the Society (including those of the Bishops of Wakefield and Burnley for the Northern Province) can be found here.

St Helen’s, Carlin How

Patronal Festival at St Catherine of Siena, Richmond Rd. Sheffield

Posted on the 14th March 2017 in the Category - News

The Bishop of Beverley responds to Bishop North's withdrawal from Sheffield

Posted on the 12th March 2017 in the Category - Announcements

Obviously since the sad news of Bishop Philip North's withdrawal of his acceptance of the Bishopric of Sheffield, Bishop Glyn has been extremely busy speaking and meeting with clergy from across the Province, but in particular with the dear priests of the Diocese of Sheffield, hence the silence since last Thursday.  However, with a few spare moments, Bishop Glyn wishes to express his own sadness at the news that Bishop Philip has decided that he is not able to become Sheffield's next Bishop.  Bishop Philip is very much on his heart and in his prayers, as is the Diocese of Sheffield and indeed the whole of the Church of England.


However, Bishop Glyn is thankful for the way in which the clergy and people in our branch of the family have responded to the situation we now find ourselves in, as a result of Bishop Philip's decision.  Bishop Glyn met with the Priests in the Diocese of Sheffield on Friday morning for a quiet meeting of reflection and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  On this coming Tuesday 14 March at 7pm at St John & St Mary Magdalene, Goldthorpe, Bishops Glyn and Tony will be present for Mass followed by a meeting for all clergy and laity of the Diocese to continue the period of reflection.  We are grateful to Fr Schaefer for his kind invitation.


Bishop Glyn understands that at a moment like this, it is perfectly understandable to arrive at the view that the Five Guiding Principles seem to have been 'blown out of the water'.  However, it is too soon to arrive at that as being a definitive conclusion to draw.  He wants to continue to encourage us all to hold on to belief that within the providence of God,  there is still a place for us, and for our Catholic contribution to make, to the life of the Church of England.  On a personal note Bishop Glyn wishes to thank the clergy and people he is privileged to serve.  He prays that together, we will hold fast to the truth of Saint Paul's words in his epistle to the Romans, "that we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8.28)



Bishop Glyn commends the helpful initiative of The Society in the Diocese of Sheffield to hold a novena of prayer, which can be found here. And he will be joining in the Novena in his own private prayers.


Radio Interview

This morning Bishop Glyn did an interview on BBC Radio York reflecting upon Bishop Philip's withdrawal from the Diocese of Sheffield. You can listen to it here, starting at 1 hour, 8 mins and 10 secs.






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