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Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ

The following collect may draw from shared traditions (see commentary). It is my reworking of a collect by Cranmer for Christmas, and I am suggest it for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 13), celebrating Christ’s baptism for my Book of Prayers in Common. Let us pray (in silence) [that we will be faithful… Continue Reading

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Ephphatha!

Ephphatha!

Sunday, last week, we prayed with Mark 7:24-37 including: They brought to Jesus a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched… Continue Reading

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Growing out of Faith

Growing out of Faith

I had an interesting conversation this week that reinforced my prejudice. My friend talked about looking at the work and textbooks for, say, Maths, Physics, or Biology for senior secondary school students. And then my friend looked at the level of religious, ethical, and philosophical discussion used for similar aged students – that was at… Continue Reading

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Parish Baptism Sponsor

Parish Baptism Sponsor

When I was a parish priest I set up parish sponsors for baptism. The family of the child being baptised would choose godparents who made the promises at the baptism. The parish would also choose a “parish sponsor”. The parish sponsor gave the lighted candle and was encouraged to keep up contact. The parish sponsor… Continue Reading

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Mystery or Mockery?

Mystery or Mockery?

The debate here isn’t: is the above action a valid baptism? [Though that might very well be a worthwhile discussion.] My question, watching the video, is when does making something more contemporary tip over into mockery of the mystery? And, when I keep thinking that through, it’s not actually the contemporariness that is the issue.… Continue Reading

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Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ

Although this collect may draw from shared traditions (see commentary), the collect I am currently suggesting for the First Sunday in Ordinary Time (January 7), celebrating Christ’s baptism, is a reworking of a collect by Cranmer for Christmas. Let us pray (in silence) [that we will be faithful to our baptism] Pause Eternal Father, you… Continue Reading

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