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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Exsultet

Exsultet

The Exsultet (Exultet) can be a good source of reflection during the Easter Season. The Exsultet originates from some time between the fifth and seventh centuries and is the traditional Western Rite hymn of praise intoned by the deacon during the Easter Vigil after the procession with the Paschal Candle. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of… Continue Reading

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Making Money out of Christ’s Death

Making Money out of Christ’s Death

Using the word “Anzac” in any commercial context is illegal and carries a fine of up to $50,000. In 2015, Australian supermarket chain Woolworths ran an Anzac “Fresh in our Memories” campaign. It was taken down and was seen as the social media fail of that year. Might not Jesus, and his death, receive some… Continue Reading

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Even Pagans are Losing Their Religion

Even Pagans are Losing Their Religion

This year there were the usual suspects attacking me online, often anonymously, from the Bible-alone crowd, that Good Friday isn’t in the Bible, that I am living in darkness, that I am ignorant, that I was following “man-made” (sic) rules, and that Easter is a pagan celebration. Anita Lea (who has 95K followers on twitter… Continue Reading

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Resources for the Third Sunday of Easter

Resources for the Third Sunday of Easter

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may rejoice in sharing in Christ’s resurrection] pause O God, in Christ’s humiliation, you stooped down, and raised up the fallen world in the resurrection, grant to your faithful people a holy joy, so that those whom you have freed may delight in you eternally; through Jesus Christ… Continue Reading

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Fr Andrew Starky RIP

Fr Andrew Starky RIP

Fr Andrew Starky (Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Christchurch) died suddenly on Holy Saturday. I had the sad privilege of speaking at his funeral yesterday. Many have asked for a copy of what I said, and ask that I put my words online here. Here is what I said: Last Friday, Good Friday,… Continue Reading

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Easter Friday

Easter Friday

It’s a battle I think that’s been lost. Sorry. I think most people, at least of the church-going variety, can get to Easter Monday being the day after Easter Day – so, April 17. And Easter Tuesday is April 18. But regularly I find, especially in the advertising world, that last week, Friday April 14… Continue Reading

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Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

This year, Eastern (Orthodox) and Western Easter Day was celebrated on the same day. Unless we come to some agreement, that won’t happen again for eight years. This link explains how the date of Easter Day is arrived at. Here’s the next few years when Eastern and Western Easters coincide: 2025 2028 2031 2034… image… Continue Reading

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