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Ashes on St Valentine’s Day

Ashes on St Valentine’s Day

When Ash Wednesday meets St Valentine’s Day – what happens?! A chocolate cross on your forehead? A box of burnt palm leaves as a gift to your loved one? Such a coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day hasn’t happened since 1945, but whatever you do this year might set a precedence for what is… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary 5

Resources for Ordinary 5

Let us pray (in silence) [that our hope in God may influence us daily] Pause Keep the household of your church, O God, [or Keep the whānau of…] safe in your tender compassion, so that we who entrust ourselves totally to your heavenly grace may always be defended by your protection; through Jesus Christ who… Continue Reading

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Resources for Ordinary 2

Resources for Ordinary 2

Let us pray (in silence) [that God direct our lives in the way of peace] Pause Almighty and everliving God, [or God of revelation] you govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the prayers of your people, and guide the course of our days in your peace, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour who… Continue Reading

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Eucharistic Prayers in Common (Part 2)

Eucharistic Prayers in Common (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Eucharistic Prayers in Common. I encourage you to read Part 1 first. Some people will think that what stands in the way of an ecumenical Eucharistic Prayer is disagreement around transubstantiation. Ecumenical agreements on the Eucharist would not concur. Transubstantiation, if taken literally, comes from an Aristotelian metaphysics that can… Continue Reading

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Right to Die? NZ and Euthanasia

Right to Die? NZ and Euthanasia

The New Zealand Parliament has twice voted against a bill to allow for legal euthanasia (1995 – vote 61-29; and 2003 – vote 58-59). On Wednesday, a new bill passed its first reading (76 to 44). What agility do we have in discussing ethics? Leaving Roman Catholic clergy formation to one side for the moment,… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

Pope Francis and Changing the Lord’s Prayer

On Saturday, there was an article about Pope Francis in our city’s secular press. Again. Nothing too unusual for this Christian leader who has managed to attract the attention even of non-Christians and the often-anti-christian media. But this time, the article was complete with complex Greek and Latin word analysis! And it’s not even a… Continue Reading

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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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