The Society of the Holy Cross
SSC International Synod - London 2020
Welcome and Introduction to the Synod
from the Master General - Fr Nicolas Spicer SSC
That we should have the opportunity to meet together for an International Synod in October 2020 under the banner of “Christ's Cross for God's World” is a very good thing and I am sure will be a time of great blessing for each of us as individuals and our Society.
2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of our founder Fr Charles Lowder SSC. It was Fr Lowder’s experience of the Church in the world and in his parish that caused him to call together like-minded priests to be of encouragement and support to each other. Making promises to keep a common rule, similar to our Rule today, after the teachings of S Vincent de Paul, our early brothers were able to be faithful to the Catholic faith in their church and world.
Isn’t that our calling to? It is a very different world and church that we live and minister in, but as brothers of the Society of the Holy Cross we too, living by the Rule, as Anglicans, are able to be faithful to the Catholic faith and so present Christ crucified to our church and world.
Already many of you have indicated that you intend to be present in London for the Synod and I hope that all of you will prayerfully consider joining me and the General Council for this time together, please do book early as numbers are restricted at times. From those of you who are unable to attend, I look forward to receiving a request for dispensation.
Please hold the organisers, each other and myself in your prayers as we approach this opportunity to grow in faith and practice boldly proclaiming “ Christ’s Cross for God’s world”.
Yours in Our Lord
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This time we will not be block booking accommodation for a number of reasons, not least that we all have different tastes and requirements, hardly any hotels in central London offer discounts for block booking and because of demand most will only hold a certain number of rooms.
SO BOOKING HOTELS IS ENTIRELY DOWN TO EACH INDIVIDUAL.
Take advantage of early booking, and, if you can, non-flexible rates to get the best prices. Booking early in London is always advisable.
We can, however, offer you some suggestions, comments, and links to nearby hotels...
We also would encourage you to maybe make a link to a UK Parish and SSC Members in this country who may be able to offer hospitality for your stay or part of it. See below for further info.
Premier Inn Hub
Close to Church House and Underground
A vivid blend of old and new in London’s political quarter, close to parks, palaces, and historic watering holes. This is the closest hotel to Church House and is very conveniently located to other tourist venues. The price is in the Low-Medium range for London £140-160/nt
Sanctuary House Hotel
Close to Church House and Underground but more expensive
https://www.sanctuaryhousehotel.co.ukLondon’s best attractions are less than a 10-minute walk away, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Palace of Westminster, St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace. Built-in the 19th century, this historic building provides the perfect base from which to explore all the attractions London has to offer. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The grand Victorian hotel features a traditional pub on the ground floor of the hotel, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and evening meals. Our prices will always beat other booking agents. Book direct for our best price guarantee! The price is in the High range for London £200-250/nt
London County Hall Premier Inn
Bit further to Church House and Underground (across Westminster bridge - .5mile) but cheapest and clean.
Just minutes away from the London Eye, in sight of some of London's most famous landmarks and in the same building as the Shrek Adventure, Premier Inn London County Hall puts you at the heart of the city. - From this central spot, located in the historic County Hall building, you'll be able to see all sides of the capital. And most importantly, no matter what you discover during the day, our spacious rooms and extra-cozy beds will make sure you get a great night's sleep. The price is in the Low range for London £110-120/nt
A bit further from Church House but walkable over Westminister Bridge (.8mile)
https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/421/London-Central-Waterloo-hotelYou can't beat the location at our London Central Waterloo hotel, it's the perfect place to stay in London. Located near London's South Bank, you're only a 5-minute walk from Waterloo train and tube station. From here, and all within a 15-minute walk, you can visit some of the capital's most iconic attractions including Westminster Bridge, the London Eye, and the Sea Life London Aquarium. Culture vultures and history lovers are also only a stone's throw from the Old Vic Theatre and the Imperial War Museum. The price is in the Medium range for London £125-175/nt
The Goring Hotel
Excessive(!?) luxury but just in case the stipend will stretch (tongue in cheek)
https://www.thegoring.comThe Goring stands out from the crowd as London’s last family-owned luxury hotel, with over a hundred years of passion for hospitality and commitment to service. Our staff is trained to the highest standards of hospitality – always retaining a timely touch of fun. At The Goring, we love to indulge our guests and make them feel at home, and after 108 years, we still continue to surprise and delight even the most frequent guests. The price is in the EXPENSIVE range for London £450-550/nt
All members will be mailed a booking form and two posters advertising the Synod and asking our Parish to pray for us as we prepare to meet together in London. We hope that you will display the poster and encourage God's people to pray with us. Further and prayer cards will be printed in due course.
Everyone needs to Register for the International Synod click below for your booking form. You can either register online or print and send a paper copy of the form. Full instructions are on the form.
A paper copy will be sent to everyone on the roll as well just in case! But you only need to complete the booking form once!
Please do not just turn up on the day! You won't have been catered for!
Please also note that numbers for the Dinner are restricted and a 'first come first served' with a waiting list operated after. Entrance strictly by a ticket! - so don't miss out.
Register as soon as possible.
Online Booking Form Here
Paper Booking Form Here
Creating a Parish link
We thought this time around we would give the brethren the option to make a link between parish overseas and in England. This might be for the mutual prayerful support of each other, or more formal parish links and support, joint pilgrimages and locum swaps! the list could go on and it would be down to you once linked to make of it what you will. But it could be that hospitality might be offered the following weekend and opportunity to share in parish life and preaching/concelebration might be arranged locally.
As many of our brethren are now retired there is also the option for retired clergy to be in contact with each other across the world. The same could go for Curates and those serving titles.
If you would be interested in this we would encourage you to complete the enclosed form and the organisers will put brethren in contact. See below for further info.
Make a Link
Further communication will be sent in due course with Synod updates - please ensure this email is marked as 'non-spam' to ensure you receive them.
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Our Synod Venues
We hope that you will enjoy being together with other SSC Brethren in some 'iconic' SSC and Church Venues here are some details of some of them...
St Alban the Martyr Holborn
For our Opening Mass
Construction occurred between 1861 and 1862 in yellow and red stock bricks with stone dressings and tiled roofs. In 1862 Fr Alexander Mackonochie SSC (Former Master of SSC) became its first perpetual curate. He introduced a daily Eucharist, which featured Gregorian chant and significant ritual elements (e.g. the lighting of altar candles and the cleansing of eucharistic vessels at the altar). St Alban's was the first Anglican church to hold the three-hour devotion on Good Friday (1864) and one of the first to celebrate a Harvest Festival. Mackonochie also openly heard confessions. Mackonochie's pastoral ministry was typical of the 19th-century ritualist "slum priest". With his two curates, Arthur Stanton SSC (who remained at the church until his death in 1913) and Fr Edward Russell, and lay assistants he founded schools, soup kitchens, a working men's club, mothers' meetings, clothing funds and more. Though he remained until 1882 and remained as an assistant priest after that date, he became known as "the martyr of St Alban's" for regular Low Church prosecutions against his support for ritualism. With the kind invitation of the present Vicar Fr C Smith SSC.
Assembly Hall Westminster
For our main Synod Day
Built-in 1939 our stunning Grade II Assembly Hall was designed by world-renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker. Natural light streams through the 15 arched windows onto the gallery level. The polished English oak paneling and emblems sit beneath the room’s architectural focal point - a striking 30-foot glass dome.
Have a look at their promotional video
The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane London
Synod Dinner in the Common Room with Drinks Reception in the Reading Room beforehand.
Grade II listed building offers both traditional and contemporary backdrops for conferences and dinners – as well as for some very special occasions. 113 Chancery Lane offers versatility and style for events that leave a lasting impression. Check out the venue here: CLICK
Westminster Abbey London
For Evensong after the Synod TBC
It is the feast of S Edward the Confessor so it would be good for us to be present on this day!
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. The building itself was a Benedictine monastic church until the monastery was dissolved in 1539. Between 1540 and 1556, the abbey had the status of a cathedral. Since 1560, the building is no longer an abbey nor a cathedral, having instead the status of a Church of England "Royal Peculiar"—a church responsible directly to the sovereign.
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