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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer, incense, assigning parts… Continue Reading

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Beginning 2017 in The Anglican Church of Or

Beginning 2017 in The Anglican Church of Or

So, formally, it is called “The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia”. That’s a mouthful even some of the leadership cannot get correct. Because of its many options (including, if you like, variants to its formal name), here it’s often known as “The Anglican Church of Or“. If you don’t want to read… Continue Reading

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Fear Not

Fear Not

My Christmas Message Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas Season and for the Year of Our Lord 2017. Thank you for being part of this virtual community. Linus Drops His Security Blanket Here is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that… Continue Reading

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The Still Point in a Turning World

The Still Point in a Turning World

A friend put the image of the Peterborough crucifix on his facebook page with the words, “Peterborough Cathedral: The Cross stands as the world turns.” Those words translate what is on the bottom of this crucifix by Frank Roper (1974). What intrigued me was that Peterborough was a Benedictine monastery – this is the motto… Continue Reading

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Spirituality and Community on the Internet

Spirituality and Community on the Internet

I was asked to write an article for the quarterly NZ RC magazine “Liturgy”. This was published in the December 2016 edition. This is a publication of the Liturgy Centre. You can subscribe to the magazine by contacting Tina Coll tinac [AT] cda [DOT] org [DOT] nz . I am grateful for their permission to… Continue Reading

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Christmas Resources

Christmas Resources

Let us pray (in silence) [that through celebrating the Incarnation we will deepen our relationship with Christ] pause God, year by year you make us glad with the hope of our redemption, grant that we who joyfully receive your only begotten Son as our Redeemer may with sure confidence behold him when he comes as… Continue Reading

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Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

Transitional Priest – Vocational Bishop

I keep seeing reference to being “ordained to the Transitional Diaconate” or being “ordained to the Vocational Diaconate”. As if the Transitional Diaconate and the Vocational Diaconate are different orders. I would not be surprised if in the Anglican Church of Or there are examples where the ordination services for those two were actually different.… Continue Reading

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