Christ the King– Year B – 25th November 2018


Daniel 7:13-14    Psalm 92

Apocalypse 1:5-8       John 18:33-37


The seething mass of humanity roams the face of the earth. Through generation after generation we toil and sweat and search. In the midst of our labours we see that we are alone but not slaves, so we seek the Source from which we came and we ask the questions which define our species. The Aztecs, the pre-Socratics, the dynasties of China and the Jews, amongst many, many others, record their results. Many and varied are the answers but the questions remains: Who are we? Why are we here?

Those questions have not gone away. Through all of our searching lies the longing to know, to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge of ultimate things: a longing captured most eloquently in the allegory of the Garden in the Book of Genesis of the Torah and the projection of an innocence now lost to us. If only we could recapture it; if only we could start again, we ask ourselves. But we cannot

We know how perennial and unchanging our state is and how some have fashioned answers which fail to convince. Some wish us to follow them, but they, too, are but human. This still does not stop us from blindly tying ourselves to a political or military regime whose promises of liberation still seduce year after year. Perhaps it is our desperation for something to cling on to, something we recognise, that spurs us to fall for this illusion.

Yet planted within us lies a question which remains. From Aristotle to Dostoyevsky, from Camus to Edith Stein comes the articulation of this phenomenon which is so singularly human. The Jesuit thinker Karl Rahner posits it most succinctly: the question is not is there a God but what kind of God is there?

Do not think that we have moved so far from ancient times. We still fashion for ourselves the Golden Calves whom we worship be it political or military success, fame and fortune, acceptance and popularity…..our list of what we will spend our lives in pursuit of lies deep and endless.

But we are not alone. Out of the depths comes the cry. And the cry is heard. The Prophet Daniel is one to whom the vision is given and so begins the Answer. Still we try to capture and control, but God will not be contained. Our recent history, recorded in so many ways in Sacred Scripture, testifies to God’s ways and they are the strangest thing we have come across. The analogy today fails miserably but it is all we have – a King who is like nothing we could ever expect.

The darkness of the massacres, the concentration camps and the wars which still scar the face of the earth are met with His power. The answer is there but we remain deaf, blind and dumb to it. Still, remarkably and unbelievably, it remains.

If we can bring ourselves to feel the sufferings of others and of ourselves, we might catch a glimmer of its light and beauty just once in our lifetime and begin the change, the conversion, which we would gladly give our lives for. If only we knew what is being offered. Because the answer is itself a life – a life freely given, for us: God in the form of a man, who deigned to walk the face of the earth.

 Fr James Campbell, S.J.

From the archives. First published in Farm Street Church newsletter 26th November, 2006.



For the month of November, Jesuits in Britain have made it possible to light a virtual candle in memory of those you remember and submit their names for prayer on their website.  To light a virtual candle in memory of your loved ones, send us their names using the link below.

The names will be added to the book of remembrance in church where they will be prayed for during Masses throughout November.



The vigil of our patronal feast will be celebrated with a solemn sung Mass at 7pm on Friday 7th December. This will mark the formal farewell by the parish to Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat. A reception will follow in the parish hall.



The Hurtado Jesuit Centre is holding an ‘open evening’ for their hosting scheme, by which destitute asylum seekers are hosted by members of the community in London, on a three- month basis. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation on the process of hosting through JRS, to ask any questions you may have on becoming a host, and also to hear from a host whom has had several guests through At Home.

This is an open, no-pressure evening in which all questions are welcomed. If you have a spare room in London, and would consider opening your home to provide a warm and welcoming environment to a destitute asylum seeker, please do come along.

The meeting will be 630- 730pm (arrivals from 6pm) on Tuesday 27th November, at their centre in Wapping: Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, London, E1W 2QT. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Naomi, At Home Project Coordinator via or 02074887313.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan will report on his action to West London citizens at St George’s Cathedral on 29 November, from 7 to 9pm. This is a unique opportunity to share your experience as a citizen living in the area, and raise the concerns you may have. Tickets must be booked in advance. More details:


The new book of our Stations of the Cross, in full colour, is on sale at the bookshop and Reception for a £10 donation. 2019 diaries are also available for a £1 donation.


Wednesday 28th November is ‘Red Wednesday’ and is a day to show solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters suffering persecution throughout the world. All are invited to the following vigil:

Parliament Square, SW1P 3BD
5:30pm Gathering and talks
6:00pm Candle Procession to Westminster Cathedral
6:10pm Cross Procession of clergy and faith groups to Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral Piazza, SW1E 5BP
5:00pm Cathedral lights up red, film and live music
6:20pm Arrival of Candle Procession
6:25pm Arrival of Cross Procession
6:30pm Live link to Aleppo, Syria
Hymns & Prayers

7:30pm Event ends

The Mount Street façade of the church will be illuminated red in the days leading up to Red Wednesday.

Tango Shelter 2018

Volunteers are sought for an evening of tango dancing at Tango Shelter 2018 in the hall, Saturday 8th December, 16:30 – 22:00, to set-up chairs, take down, manage tickets/reception, manage the kitchen, and facilitate refreshments.

This is not an official Farm Street event, but funds raised will be donated to the work Farm Street Church undertakes with the homeless. It will also celebrate Latin American Pope Francis’ birthday, and follows on from a successful event last year.
If you are able to help, please contact Warren Edwardes at


Farm Street Church will be hosting a number of Advent carol services in the upcoming weeks:

*Sunday 2nd December – 4pm – Extracts from Handel’s Messiah

*Monday 3rd December – 7pm – Jesuit Refugee Service Carol Service

* Tuesday 4th December – 7pm – Knights of the Holy Sepulchre Carol Service

* Thursday 6th December – 7.30pm – Stonyhurst Carol Service

* Thursday 13th December – 7pm – Aid to the Church in Need Carol Service

*Monday 17th December – 7pm- Young Adult Ministries Carol Service

As these services, with the exception of Messiah, are being organized by outside charities, there may be a charge to attend. Please contact the relevant charity for more information.



You can now use your mobile phone to make donations to our Weekly Offering: just text FARM02 £[enter your donation amount] to 70070
You will receive a reply text immediately, with an invitation to register the donations from your phone for Gift Aid.


A musical portrait of Farm Street Church celebrating fifty years as a Parish. The album includes favourite selections from the choir’s repertoire, along with special commissions composed for the choir by Gabriel Jackson, for which the choir gave the premiere performances. Compact Discs available in the BOOKSHOP and at RECEPTION

114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH  

Book online for any of these events

Information: 020 7495 1673 or

Our Regular Events


Our Regular Events


• Guided Prayer

Every Monday 6.30-7pm

• Lunchtime Lectio

Every Tuesday 1.40-2pm


• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed

3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm (Next meeting: 19th December, 2018)


• Book Club

2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm

(Next meeting: 13th December, 2018)


• Something on a Sunday

1st Sunday of each month 2-5pm (Next meeting: 2nd December, 2018)


Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 1st December 11am-4pm repeated as a course 2 Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th, 11am-1pm

Prayer and reflection in preparation for Advent and Christmas with the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel.



Facilitated by Maria Shapero

Thursday 6th December 11.30-1pm

Grief is a particularly isolating experience that can affect all aspects of your life physically, emotionally and socially. There are many kinds of grieving…

You are welcome to just come along or contact Maria Shapero or 0755 324 2322 for more details.


There will be no meeting on Thursday 3rd January 2019.



Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 8th December 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.There is no need to book for these days, just come along.


Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

Saturday 5th January 11am-4pm

Take time to pause for prayerful reflection on the road you travelled in 2018, becoming more aware of God’s presence within all the ups and downs of life. And to prayerfully consider what God might be inviting you to at this time of a new beginning.


There will be input, times of guided prayer, and silent prayer and sharing and listening in small groups.



Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team

Saturday 12th January 11am-4pm

These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

There is no need to book for these days, just come along.



Facilitated by Lynne Galloway

6 Wednesdays, January 16th – February 20th, 11.30am-1pm

For those who are new to Ignatian spirituality, from any background.  During each session you will be introduced to a different aspect of Ignatian spirituality or prayer, guided through a prayer exercise, invited to share your reflections in a small group and at the end of the session gathered together again in the larger group. You will be invited to pray the prayer exercise during the week, for just like physical exercise the more you ‘practice’ the more benefits you will feel.



Facilitated by Brian Purfield

Saturday 19th January 11am-4pm

All through his letters, Paul encourages his converts to imitate him; for in him they have a model of what it was to follow Christ. As we enter Christian Unity Week and prepare to celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, we will look at the model of the Christian life that Paul presents and what grounds his spirituality. The way Paul lived his life in Christ can provide us, even today, with a model for growing in the spiritual life.