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November 2008

Advent Wreath

Recently I provided resources for Blessing the Advent Wreath, including a new Advent Wreath hymn/song. Common Worship provides prayers at the Advent Wreath related to the lectionary: Advent 1 The Patriarchs Advent 2 The Prophets Advent 3 John the Baptist Advent 4 The Virgin Mary Christmas Day The Christ The prayers reproduced below reflect these

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Mount Calvary Retreat House and Monastery destroyed in fire

Mount Calvary Monastery and Retreat House was destroyed in the Montecito Tea Fire fire last week. The fire started November 13. It destroyed 210 homes in the cities of Montecito and Santa Barbara. The seven Benedictine Episcopalian (Anglican) monks, staff and retreatants were all safe. Everything was lost, including a magnificent 17th century South American

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Christ the King – Catholics and Anglicans share prayer

Once again Episcopalians (Anglicans) and Roman Catholics will pray a similar prayer. This Sunday, November 23, is the Feast of Christ the King. Episcopalians will pray: Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples

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Proposition 8

Many of the most vociferous opponents of blessing and giving of equal legal rights to committed same-sex couples are themselves on their second or more heterosexual “marriage”. They quote vigorously from a half dozen verses which are variously interpreted (and not one from the mouth of Jesus) but regularly studiously avoid the clear biblical teaching, including from our Lord himself, that divorce is grave sin. To attempt to draw a consistent, reasonable Christian teaching about marriage from churches and their practice appears nigh on impossible.

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