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Exsultet

Exsultet

The Exsultet (Exultet) can be a good source of reflection during the Easter Season. The Exsultet originates from some time between the fifth and seventh centuries and is the traditional Western Rite hymn of praise intoned by the deacon during the Easter Vigil after the procession with the Paschal Candle. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of… Continue Reading

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Gratitude in the Wilderness

Gratitude in the Wilderness

I am grateful to Trevor Morrison for pointing me to a thought-provoking article that Complaining Never Wins the Culture. This article challenges Christians that we may be doing the right thing in the wrong way. As we do it grumblingly, we are missing the essence of how to do it. We follow God’s requirements –… Continue Reading

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Liturgy Is A Four Letter Word

Liturgy Is A Four Letter Word

Liturgy has a bad name. Liturgy is a bit like “Pharisee”. It doesn’t have a great image (we easily forget that both Jesus’ and St Paul’s basic beliefs were those of the Pharisees). I belong to a Christian blogging network where the intention is that people support each other in their blogging. Admittedly, most members… Continue Reading

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Children at Eucharist

Children at Eucharist

I strongly advocate for all ages and all stages to, as much as possible, gather around God’s table [See, for example, my chapter Children at the Eucharist in my book Celebrating Eucharist]. On holiday, I happened to go to church at St Andrew’s, Plimmerton, which had a way (I have not seen before) of helping… Continue Reading

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Talk on the Eucharist

Talk on the Eucharist

Pray – Eat – Love Here is the audio file of Reflections on the Mass (Eucharist, Holy Communion) that I presented at St Michael and All Angels as part of a study series earlier this year. After the introduction by the Parish Priest, Fr Andrew Starky, the talk is about 25 minutes long: The outline… Continue Reading

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Advent Celebration and Sermon

Advent Celebration and Sermon

On Sunday it was the 25th anniversary of my ordination as priest, and the local parish, St Michael and All Angels, invited me to preside and preach. The Priest in Charge (Canon Craufurd Murray – the vicar is away on Study Leave) was the one who presented me 25 years ago, and was my training… Continue Reading

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Worship Leadership for the Mission of the Church

Table Manners: Liturgical Leadership for the Mission of the Church by Simon Reynolds (192 pages) This is a book I have only recently discovered. It follows an approach similar to my own. Simon Reynolds, a parish priest serving in the Anglican Church, tries to go beyond partisan eccentricities to underlying principles of liturgy – whatever… Continue Reading

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