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No Weeks Missing

No Weeks Missing

This year has 53 Sundays. The three-year Sunday lectionary system (after Vatican II) is organised for 53 weeks – as this year has. If there are only 52 weeks, then one week is dropped out. We stop counting the weeks when Lent begins (Ash Wednesday) and start counting again when Easter ends (The Day of… Continue Reading

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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your Incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with… Continue Reading

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Rogation Days

Rogation Days

I have written previously that intense prayer, reflection, and action in regard to our relationship with the environment are needed now more than ever. Revival of re-imaged, contemporary, contextual Rogation practices could be part of that. Rogation (from the Latin rogare ‘ask’) is a solemn supplication. Rogation days appear to go back to about the… Continue Reading

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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2017

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2017

There is the ancient tradition of announcing the date of Easter on the Feast of the Epiphany. In the past, when calendars were not common, it clearly had functional value to give the date and feasts dependant on the date of Easter Day. It still has value as a proclamation of the centrality of the… Continue Reading

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Resources – Advent 3

Resources – Advent 3

Please note: the popularity of this site is such that it is under significant cyber attack (about half a million hits a month). This means the website is down from time to time (your own computer is, of course, not affected). Please be patient – there is an attempt to stabilise the site more. Thank… Continue Reading

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When the Male Saints Go Marching In

When the Male Saints Go Marching In

On the Feast of All Saints, I received a tweet pointing to a blog post (from The Blog of St Chrysostom’s Church, Manchester UK) which highlighted the shocking imbalance in the Church of England’s latest calendar of saints and holy people. 80% of those named in Exciting Holiness are male. And only 5% are married.… Continue Reading

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All Souls

All Souls

From Holy Women, Holy Men In the New Testament, the word “saints” is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community, and in the Collect for All Saints’ Day the word “elect” is used in a similar sense. From very early times, however, the word “saint” came to be applied primarily to persons… Continue Reading

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