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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Lent Resources

Lent Resources

You are encouraged to use material from this site. Especially if you reproduce material, please note the Terms of Use (at the bottom of each page). Ash Wednesday Collect Let us pray (in silence) [for grace to keep Lent faithfully.] pause Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the… Continue Reading

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Desert Disciplines for Lent

Desert Disciplines for Lent

Monasteries and monastics draw from desert spirituality. They express disciplines that we, outside monastery walls, can draw on also. Some of these disciplines are expressed in vows of stability, obedience, ongoing conversion,… The Associates of Kopua Monastery are offering a Quiet Day in Lent on Saturday 23 March from 9:30am – 3:30pm at Te Waiora… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 8

Resources for Ordinary Week 8

Let us pray (in silence) [that we cooperate with God’s will] Pause Grant, Lord, [or O God] that the course of this world may be directed by your peaceful governance, and that your church may be joyful as, in confidence and serenity, we serve your purpose; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with… Continue Reading

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To Absolve or Not to Absolve?

To Absolve or Not to Absolve?

The question I received from someone was: why do Anglicans absolve the congregation with “you” language …God have mercy on you, pardon you…[A New Zealand Prayer Book page 408] and in the Roman Catholic Mass, at that point it is “us” language: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring… Continue Reading

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Liturgy – Work for the People

Liturgy – Work for the People

Popularly, people say (I’ve said it myself) that the word, “liturgy” (λειτουργία or λῃτουργία) derive from the Greek, “λαός” (Laos – people) and ἔργο (ergo – work) – so that liturgy, we say, means “work of the people”. But maybe liturgy is not “work of the people” but “work FOR the people”. Robert Hendrickson wrote… Continue Reading

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Affirming Contemporary Liturgy

Affirming Contemporary Liturgy

Last week, Pope Francis met with members of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW). On May 8 this year, the Congregation for Divine Worship is 50 years old. After the centralising of liturgical power by Popes John-Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis has returned to the vision of Vatican II where, for example, authority… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary Week 7

Resources for Ordinary Week 7

Let us pray (in silence) [that through our wisdom and love God is revealed] Pause Almighty God, grant that we, meditating always on what is right and true, may please you in word and deed; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now… Continue Reading

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