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The Day of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost

Let us pray (in silence) [that we rejoice in the Spirit guiding our lives] pause O God, on this day you taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of your Holy Spirit, may we, by the same Spirit, be truly wise and ever rejoice in your consolation; through Jesus Christ who is alive… Continue Reading

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The End of Confirmation?

The End of Confirmation?

We can finally talk publicly about a debate that may end confirmation in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Yesterday the Reports, Bills, and Motions came online for the 62nd General Synod Te Hinota Whanui (GSTHW), which will be held in Napier, 6-13 May, 2016. This includes A Recommended Revision of the… Continue Reading

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Worship Environment

Worship Environment

More than two years ago the architects for the Christchurch Anglican diocese encouraged me to put a series online on church architecture. For some people, these posts may be difficult to find on this site. So this particular post collects many architecture ideas together in such a way that a group of people can more… Continue Reading

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Open Baptism?

Open Baptism?

Lent brings with it “Ashes to go“. Easter brings with it “Open Baptism”. The Episcopal Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, Cold Spring, once again offers “Open Baptism” at their 7 p.m. Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19. “I know this seems highly ‘unorthodox’ and perhaps even ‘gimmicky’ to some,” the Rector of St. Mary’s, Fr. Shane… Continue Reading

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Lavabo 3

Lavabo 3

Regulars here will have read my thinking through the practice of lavabo, washing hands before prayer, and its presence in the Abrahamic religions. Whenever I enter a church and pass by the filled baptism font on my way in, I dip my hand in the water and sign myself with the cross. If I think… Continue Reading

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Church architecture

Church architecture

Dr Denis McNamara, of the Liturgical Institute, Chicago, is an architectural historian and theologian. Dr. Denis McNamara is assistant director and faculty member at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, a graduate programme in Liturgical Studies. He is in Christchurch at the invitation of the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch,… Continue Reading

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Catholic cathedral inspires Christchurch exterior

Catholic cathedral inspires Christchurch exterior

The Saturday Press (Christchurch’s newspaper) had a full-page article about the Christ the Light Roman Catholic cathedral in Oakland, California, and its influence on the exterior look of the contemporary option (called “Option 3”) for an Anglican cathedral in the centre of Christchurch. Oakland’s cathedral was one visited by the Christchurch study tour. I agree… Continue Reading

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