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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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Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

Proclamation of Easter on Epiphany 2019

We can once again this year make use of 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… Continue Reading

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1 January 2019

1 January 2019

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 (also significant in the Hebrew Bible – Prime Minister of… Continue Reading

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Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

My Christmas Message Blessings to you and yours for the Christmas Season and for the Year of Our Lord 2019. Thank you for being part of this virtual community. Linus Drops His Security Blanket Here is a short video clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas! NB: at 0:35 seconds, Linus says: “Fear not!” At that… 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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Worst Nativity Sets

Worst Nativity Sets

H/T and far more examples Mark Oestreicher and Catholic Supply where “The Kneeling Santa figure is a subtle reminder to children that Santa is not the main focus of Christmas.” (sic.) Do share images that you have or know of, either in the comments below, or on the Liturgy facebook Page. [See also here] This… Continue Reading

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Aotearoa New Zealand Christmas Stamps 2018

Aotearoa New Zealand Christmas Stamps 2018

Over the years, NZ has, on its stamps, minimised the Christmasness of Christmas. It is great to see (at least for old people who still use stamps 😉 ) that this year Christmas on stamps is back. They are designed by Saint Andrew Matautia. They include images of pohutukawa (our Christmas tree). But NZ Post… Continue Reading

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