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The Ember Days

The Ember Days

Today, Friday after the First Sunday in Lent, is traditionally an Ember Day – a day of special prayer and fasting. At a time when we need to urgently attend to the human connection to the natural world, underscoring the Christian connections to nature cannot be stressed enough. Ember Days are days for fasting and… Continue Reading

Buskstration

Buskstration

At the recent Buskers’ Festival here, I saw something I hadn’t seen before. A busker put all the energy he could muster into his show. A crowd was gathered. But they gave little to no energy back. There was a bit of unenthusiastic clapping, and, yes, a little engagement. But, as the show progressed, the… Continue Reading

Ember Days

Ember Days

Today, Wednesday after the First Sunday in Lent, is traditionally an Ember Day – a day of special prayer and fasting. The Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer (page 18) has “The Ember Days, traditionally observed on the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after the First Sunday in Lent, the Day of Pentecost, Holy Cross Day,… Continue Reading

Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Lent 2 – Transfiguration

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may grow into the likeness of Christ] pause Transfiguring God, before the passion of your beloved Son you revealed his glory on the holy mountain: grant that we who by faith behold the light of his face may be strengthened to bear the cross, and be changed into… Continue Reading

Inwardly Digest

Inwardly Digest

Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen I am delighted to review this wonderful book. For two reasons. One. I think there is something really precious in cradle-to-grave common prayer – the distilled traditions of daily prayer, a disciplined reading of the scriptures, the centrality of the Eucharist,…… Continue Reading

Ethics 101

Ethics 101

There are a number of ethical debates before our New Zealand parliament this term: abortion, euthanasia, medical marijuana,… There are a lot of polls, plenty of articles (in newspapers, magazines, and online), news reports, and social media posts… “I feel” (or “I think” which is essentially “I feel” without being as honest that it’s a… Continue Reading

When Love Meets Dust

When Love Meets Dust

When Love Meets Dust – Valentine’s Day meets Ash Wednesday Posted by Alana Levandoski on Tuesday, 6 February 2018   Alana Levandoski has composed the wonderful When Love Meets Dust specifically for this occasion of Ash Wednesday coinciding with Valentine’s Day. She says, It wasn’t lost on me that Valentine’s Day, our oft saccharine feast… Continue Reading




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