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December 2017

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Epiphany Chalk House Blessing

On Epiphany (or New Year) you can bless your house. You can make this as simple or as intricate as you like; include (liturgical) greeting (eg. “The Lord be with you…”), song or carol, holy water (sprinkling door, each room), reading (eg. Epiphany Gospel, start of John’s Gospel), more prayers, Lord’s Prayer, incense, assigning parts

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The Naming of Jesus

January 1 is celebrated both as the Naming of Jesus (the 8th day after his birth – Luke 2:21), and as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Mary (“Miriam”) bears the same name as Moses’ sister. A strong woman. She is married to Joseph. The names of the rest of the family are also

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1st Sunday of Christmas resources

textweek resourcesscripture readings • collect/opening prayer reflection 1st Sunday after Christmas [Common Worship CofE] BCP TEC: Almighty God,you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word:Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts,may shine forth in our lives;through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,in the unity of the

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Eucharistic Prayers in Common (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Eucharistic Prayers in Common. I encourage you to read Part 1 first. Some people will think that what stands in the way of an ecumenical Eucharistic Prayer is disagreement around transubstantiation. Ecumenical agreements on the Eucharist would not concur. Transubstantiation, if taken literally, comes from an Aristotelian metaphysics that can

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What is Consecration?

I had promised a continuation of the consecration discussion, and I want to do this now before this site’s Summer slowdown. Do go back to the post about consecration first. I must admit to more questions and points of discussion than answers. I think my underlying question is: what does “consecration” do? When bishops consecrate

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Christmas Resources

Let us pray (in silence) [that through celebrating the Incarnation we will deepen our relationship with Christ] pause God, year by year you make us glad with the hope of our redemption, grant that we who joyfully receive your only begotten Son as our Redeemer may with sure confidence behold him when he comes as

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