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Month: December 2015

Top 10 posts

My Top 10 Posts from 2015

Top most-read 2015 blog posts Other bloggers have encouraged me to list the top 10 most-read blog posts from 2015. Here they are from the 10th to the 1st – the most read: 10th Different models for understanding the Eucharist 9th Epiphany chalk house blessing although originally posted years ago, in its updated form is

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Contemporary Christmas

A Blessed Christmas!

The Incarnation is into the real world – not into a sanitised, perfected world. We do not cleanse our lives in order to have a purified heart to welcome God in Christ. God in Christ comes into the mess of our sinful, ordinary hearts and lives to begin the work of transformation, transfiguration. I am

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Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

Today, at 4:30pm, many were expecting to hear the final decision about what would happen to the Christchurch Anglican cathedral in the Square, damaged in the earthquakes that destroyed so much of Christchurch. The Great Christchurch Building Trust have sought to see the building brought back essentially to as it was pre-quakes. The owners, the

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O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel

I think the majority of people who sing the popular “O come, o come, Emmanuel” have no real idea of the background to this carol. Do you? In the daily office, the regular invariability of singing/chanting/praying of psalms and biblical canticles (songs) is “softened” by an antiphon, a line usually said/sung before, and then repeated

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