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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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The Naming of Jesus

The Naming of Jesus

January 1 is celebrated both as the Naming of Jesus (the 8th day after his birth – Luke 2:21), and as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Mary (“Miriam”) bears the same name as Moses’ sister. A strong woman. She is married to Joseph. The names of the rest of the family are also… Continue Reading

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1st Sunday of Christmas resources

1st Sunday of Christmas resources

textweek resources scripture readings • collect/opening prayer reflection 1st Sunday after Christmas [Common Worship CofE] BCP TEC: Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts,may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,… Continue Reading

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Christmas Resources

Christmas Resources

Let us pray (in silence) [that through celebrating the Incarnation we will deepen our relationship with Christ] pause God, year by year you make us glad with the hope of our redemption, grant that we who joyfully receive your only begotten Son as our Redeemer may with sure confidence behold him when he comes as… Continue Reading

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Container of the Uncontainable

Container of the Uncontainable

On the recent Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, I happened to be doing some work on one of my favourite black Madonnas: Our Lady of Montserrat (image above). Yes – I have visited and prayed there. She is in the style of the ‘Throne of Wisdom’. Mary becomes, as it were, the throne… 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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Matthew in Slow Motion 15

Matthew in Slow Motion 15

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, (Matthew 2:1) Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γεννηθέντος ἐν Βηθλεὲμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας, ἐν ἡμέραις Ἡρώδου τοῦ βασιλέως, ἰδοὺ μάγοι ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν παρεγένοντο εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα, From a liturgical point of view, we are now in a… Continue Reading

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