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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

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

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

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

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

Boring Worship is Good for You

Boring Worship is Good for You

Many people, in our digital-game-riddled, virtual-world-possibilities, social-media-soaked lives, are distracting ourselves to death. And this is, in many places, affecting worship. All the activities of daily and weekly living: doing laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, and so forth – do we have an expectation that they will constantly give us emotional highs? The purpose is clean… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

In 1752 England and the British colonies in America upgraded from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar. The day after 2 September 1752 was 14 September 1752. This removed days from the year to bring it back to the way the seasons were in 325AD when Christians first agreed how to date Easter. Do the… Continue Reading




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