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Resources for Advent 3

Resources for Advent 3

Let us pray (in silence) [that God’s coming casts light into our hearts] Incline your ear, O Lord,                [or Incline your ear, O God,] to our pleading, and by the grace of your coming to us enlighten the darkness of our hearts, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who… Continue Reading

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Spread the Word

Spread the Word

The above very funny, two-and-a-half-minute police-recruitment video (with real police, not actors) reached 14 million people with its message of needing more police and especially from diverse backgrounds. It is working. So where are the churches’ versions? Encouraging people to consider church as a job/career/vocation? Encouraging people to join church? The videos about women in… Continue Reading

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Resources for Advent 2

Resources for Advent 2

Slow Advent (join): As Slow Food is to Fast Food – so Slow Advent is to most people’s Fast “Season of Advent”. You can add your own ideas for celebrating a slow Advent at that link. Let us pray (in silence) [that our way is prepared for God’s swift coming] Stir up your power, O… Continue Reading

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Resources for Advent 1

Resources for Advent 1

Let us pray (in silence) [that we long for the advent of Christ] Pause Almighty God, [or God of hope or God of justice and peace] give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in the which… 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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Resources – Advent 4

Resources – Advent 4

Let us pray (in silence) [that the message of God coming to save us may transform our lives] Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,      [or Pour forth, we beseech you, O God,] your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the… Continue Reading

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A Brief History of Advent

A Brief History of Advent

Advent is a little late on the scene. The Council of Saragossa (Spain, 380AD) is the first reference to a preparatory period before celebrating the Incarnation. Fasting and daily church going was required from December 17 until Epiphany (Theophany, January 6th – the celebration of the Incarnation in those days in that and other regions).… Continue Reading

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