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The Bishop’s Mitre

The Bishop’s Mitre

Let’s not let facts get in the way of our prejudices… Ian Paul presses for the protestantisation of Anglicanism at his Psephizo site – this time urging bishops to throw away their mitres. Without any historical justification, The Rev. Dr Paul [Ian’s title has been corrected at his request – the original read ‘Mr’] contends… Continue Reading

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The Gnat And The Camel

The Gnat And The Camel

Last week I was (pleasantly?) surprised to open our city’s newspaper, The Press, to find its editorial was entitled “The Gnat and the Camel” (see above photo; text here). Since then, I have been carrying out an (unscientific) survey to see who knew what the headline alluded to. I have tended to ask well-educated Kiwis… Continue Reading

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Prayers & Squares

Prayers & Squares

I have already reflected on a Eucharist at St Andrew’s, Plimmerton, and there is another part of that service I want to reflect on. After receiving communion, most persons of the congregation stopped by a nearby quilt hanging vertically. Each of these persons tied a knot in one of the threads protruding from it, stopping… Continue Reading

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Spirituality and Community on the Internet

Spirituality and Community on the Internet

I was asked to write an article for the quarterly NZ RC magazine “Liturgy”. This was published in the December 2016 edition. This is a publication of the Liturgy Centre. You can subscribe to the magazine by contacting Tina Coll tinac [AT] cda [DOT] org [DOT] nz . I am grateful for their permission to… 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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Rogation Days

Rogation Days

Rogation (from the Latin rogare ‘ask’) is a solemn supplication. Rogation days appear to go back to about the fourth or fifth century, particularly associated with litanies (a long series of prayers of intercession and praise) for crops. Rogation days are days of prayer and fasting. Traditionally there was the ‘major rogation’ on 25 April,… Continue Reading

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