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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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Brother Roger of Taizé 10 Years On

Brother Roger of Taizé 10 Years On

Brother Roger Schütz founded the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in 1940. This year, then, marks 100 years since his birth (May 12, 1915), 75 years since the founding of the community, and, this week we have been remembering 10 years since Br Roger was murdered. Br Roger had a passion for justice, contemplation, reconciliation, and… Continue Reading

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Lent and Easter Seasons

Lent and Easter Seasons

There is often quite a bit of confusion about how we count Lent and Easter so I have created this chart to help clarify how these seasons fit into the church year. This period forms a quarter of the year. The forty days of Lent is an approximate tenth or tithe of the year. The… Continue Reading

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Revising the February calendar

I have been asked to provide suggestions towards revising our church calendar. The Common Life Liturgical Commission of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia received my motion to review the calendar. They set in motion adding five names to the calendar: August 8 Mary MacKillop, Teacher, 1909 August 16 Brother Roger of… Continue Reading

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Brother Roger of Taizé

Brother Roger of Taizé

Prophet of unity, Encourager of youth, 16 August 2005 Early in my marriage, on a very lengthy world trip, Helen and I arrived at Taizé. Because of the special circumstances – including the distance from New Zealand – we were allowed to stay two weeks. One in group discussion. A second in silence. Brother Roger… Continue Reading

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