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Welcome to the website for the Parish of St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford.
St Thomas is a Church of England parish, close to the heart of the city. It is the 12th century mother church of west Oxford, under the patronage of St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyred in 1170. We are proud that St Thomas himself travelled through our parish on his journeys between Beaumont Palace and Oseney Abbey.
St Thomas the Martyr has a long and colourful story and remains very much the parish church for the people of this part of central Oxford. Today, the clergy serve the parish jointly with the parish of St Barnabas, Jericho, which was itself created out of the ancient parish of St Thomas the Martyr in the mid-19th century. We are exploring the possibility of a shared future.
On Sunday morning, at 9am, Matins is said; this is preceded on Saturday evening, at 5.30pm, by the Vigil. This is a new venture for Advent 2013: a candlelit service, following the Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer. This provides an opportunity to reflect together informally on the Lessons and Gospel for the day, with a peaceful combination of simple music, prayer and chant.
On Wednesday and Friday, at 12.30pm, there is a said celebration of Holy Communion. The clergy are always available, for conversation or advice, before or after the services.
Details of other service times throughout our two parishes can be found in the weekly bulletin on the right-hand side of this page.
St Thomas is an ancient and holy place, where many have drawn close to God. You will be most welcome if you choose to join us in our pilgrimage together.
With very best wishes
Father Jonathan Beswick, Parish Priest.
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