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Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

Same Day for Eastern and Western Easter

This year, Eastern (Orthodox) and Western Easter Day was celebrated on the same day. Unless we come to some agreement, that won’t happen again for eight years. This link explains how the date of Easter Day is arrived at. Here’s the next few years when Eastern and Western Easters coincide: 2025 2028 2031 2034… image… Continue Reading

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What The Immaculate Conception is Not

What The Immaculate Conception is Not

Recently, in a group, a Roman Catholic told a joke which used the term the “Immaculate Conception”. The joke hinged on the idea that there was no sex, there was no father involved. That is NOT what the “Immaculate Conception” refers to. It is a common misconception – even, clearly, amongst well-educated Roman Catholics. Yesterday… Continue Reading

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The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the mongrel/platypus phenomenon that is Anglicanism, the via media is not half-way between catholic and protestant – it is both catholic and protestant; protestant software running on catholic hardware. It is unsurprising, then, that a catholic celebration such as The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord has some, possibly hidden,… Continue Reading

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Sunday Morning Work-out of God’s People

Sunday Morning Work-out of God’s People

Anglican liturgy (and liturgy in other, similar traditions) can often feel like the Sunday morning work-out of the people of God: Sit. Stand. Kneel. Bow. Turn. Cross yourself. Walk. It’s morning gym at your local church. Spiritual aerobics. That should not surprise us. The word “liturgy” is derived from the Greek word for “work of… Continue Reading

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Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Let us pray for the planned, historic meeting of Orthodox churches, the “Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church”. Not since the “Great Schism” of 1054 have all Orthodox churches formally met in council. The last council that Orthodoxy recognises took place in 787 AD. 55 years in the planning, the council is to… Continue Reading

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Eastern Orthodox Easter

Eastern Orthodox Easter

This year Eastern Orthodox Easter Day falls on May 1. Western Easter Day was on March 27. Both East and West follow the Nicene calculation: The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The Eastern Orthodox Church continues to follow the Julian calendar when calculating the date of Easter.… Continue Reading

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Good Friday Coincides with Annunciation

Good Friday Coincides with Annunciation

This year Good Friday fell on 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation. This coinciding happened in 1910, 1921, and 1932, during the twentieth century, and 2005 and this year, 2016, this century. The next time it happens will be 2157. Don’t forget that there is the early-church/Jewish theory that important events happened on the… Continue Reading

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