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Month: November 2011

Anglicans & Old Catholics

This year celebrates the 80th anniversary of the “Bonn Agreement” between the Church of England and Old Catholics (Union of Utrecht): Each Communion recognises the catholicity and independence of the other and maintains its own. Each Communion agrees to admit members of the other Communion to participate in the Sacraments. Full Communion does not require

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Advent – Lo He Comes

The choir of Lichfield Cathedral sings the Advent hymn “Lo! He comes with clouds descending”. All pictures are of Lichfield Cathedral. Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for favored sinners slain; Thousand thousand saints attending, Swell the triumph of His train: Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God appears on earth to reign. Every eye shall now

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Liturgy & mission?

Sydney Anglican diocesan synod recently had a debate about liturgy and mission. I think it is a good place to start to discuss what I think are very confused positions about liturgy – positions not just held in Sydney, but in many other places. Rev. Raj Gupta writes: …It was around 40 years ago now

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2012 NZ Lectionary misconstrues

I recently received the Lectionary for 2012 for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (PDF here). There is much improved from recent versions, but with one inaccuracy. It assumes that A New Zealand Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (ANZPB/HKMOA) has been revised! Regulars here will know that there was an

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church architecture 5

THE AMBO, the podium or lectern from which we proclaim the scriptures, the Word of God, is a primary sign and symbol in the worship space. The congregation can sit facing each other (choir formation) with the altar between them at one end, and the ambo between them at the other (as it is at

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