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This is an ecumenical website of resources and reflections on liturgy, spirituality, and worship for individuals and communities. It is run by Rev. Bosco Peters.

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Follow the Roman Rite

Pope Francis Daily Mass

Principle 6: When neither the rubrics nor the canons dictate what to do and reason does not provide a solution, the Roman Rite is a good place to start

The sixth principle, above, comes from Celebrating the Eucharist by Patrick Malloy (The first principle is here, the second principle is here, the third principle is here, the fourth is here, the fifth is here).

Some decision…simply cannot be reasoned through. [Many churches do not] for example,…have guidelines for how to perform the lavabo – the ritual washing of the presider’s hands. How should it be done and what, if anything, should be said? A congregation could logically decide whether to do the lavabo at all, and even how. But what the presider should say, if anything, is not a matter of logic. The Roman Rite prescribes that the presider quietly recite Psalm 51:2. Why not? Why struggle to come up with something else? (page 24)

Continuing that example, the Roman Rite is a good place to start when considering at which point in the service one would have the lavabo.

The Roman Rite has a special place in the West because it is so widely celebrated, and furthermore its rules and guidelines are very complete.

Many Western denominations look to the Roman Rite for such things as the liturgical colours, readings, texts. This common looking towards Rome, then, provides unity between denominations. At this time of year Methodists and Presbyterians use green not because they are drawing on each other, but because both refer to the Roman Rite.

The Vatican’s relatively recent abandonment of common English-language texts has done significant damage ecumenically and musically. This underscores the principle rather than arguing against it.

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Weak in Faith?

Saint Paul writing epistle

On Sunday we read Rom 14:1-12 Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgement on those who eat; forContinue Reading

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The Church Year is a Helix

The Church Year is a Helix

The Church Year is a Helix

We tend to think of, and picture, the church year as a circle. But I regularly point out that when we arrive at the same celebration a year later we are not the same. So it is much more like a spiral, a helix, where we are looking from this year’s celebration back at lastContinue Reading

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Creation Season

koru

Some people have a particular focus on creation in the month of September. I am committed, as much as possible, to the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). And I believe it is possible to essentially follow a “creation lens” of the readings for this month, and provide that and other resources on the Creation Season Page.Continue Reading

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Holy Cross Day

Holy Cross Icon

September 14 is Holy Cross Day, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Triumph of the Cross. For Roman Catholics this feast takes precedence over the Sunday in Ordinary Time, for Anglicans it can be observed on the Sunday or on the next suitable weekday. St Helena, discovered the true cross ofContinue Reading

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New Container for The Genie

Genie

[Update 15 September 2014: The Dunedin Diocesan Synod met this weekend and also did not pass Statutes 711, 712, and 713. ] Recently, Bishop John Bluck challenged the NZ Anglican Church that in a lot of our worship we are asked to “wear Chloe’s pink fluffy slippers rather than don anything resembling the armour ofContinue Reading

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Gap Year With a Difference

Gap Year With a Difference

Gap Year With a Difference

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is inviting young Christians to spend a year living the monastic life at Lambeth Palace, his official London residence. This could be a young person’s Gap Year with a difference (God And Prayer?). This “Community of St Anselm” will launch in 2015. The intention is that this will gatherContinue Reading

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