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Ascension : The Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Submitted by The Islander (Islander Editors) 19.06.2014 (Article Archived on 03.07.2014)

When I was at school (admittedly a long time ago) there were a number girls with the Christian name Faith.



When I was at school (admittedly a long time ago) there were a number girls with the Christian name Faith. Come to think about it, in recent times I have not met a lassie with that name and wonder if it is losing its popularity and dying out. If it is, I wonder why?  I looked up a dictionary definition of the word faith and came up with the following:


"Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion. It can also be defined as belief that is not based on proof, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant. The word faith is often used as a synonym for hope, or belief."


On mulling over that definition I began to wonder just what in modern society is trustworthy and worthy of faith being placed in it. Having had parishioners who had contributed to pension schemes all their lives finding their insurance company go into liquidation leaving them poverty stricken and banks and building societies struggling on finding millions have gone missing how can one have faith in any modern organisation?


Even churches are not immune from the ravages of the ungodly who work under the guise of the faithful and the love of Christ, as we found out in a previous diocese.


If more people in the world were to live out their faith in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit I am sure we could have more faith in our time honoured  institutions.


Thank God the majority of people in the world are trustworthy and if your name is Faith you can lay claim to being one of the special two in a hundred.




The Church is always open for personal prayer and meditation.

Vicar: Reverend Don Wittich—Telephone 6431 

Email: Private: witts1@ 

Church Wardens: Mervyn Isaac 6230, Alan Nicholls 6232, Dave Wood 2675


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