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Don’t just do something – sit there

As we plummet towards Lent, many parishes, Christian communities, and individuals will be gearing up for the busyest time of the church year. This site is dedicated to quality worship and contemplative spirituality – counter-cultural values. Sadly, often counter-cultural for Christian communities. The Archbishop of Canterbury recently dedicated St. Mark’s pro-Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, and

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New resources for Sunday and Lent

A reflection starting from a collect for February 15 Introductions to the readings for February 15 Shrove Tuesday reflection Lent reflection Ash Wednesday liturgy outline Lent preparation (catechumenate) Lent liturgy outline Previously, those who subscribed to the home page RSS feed would have had these updates sent to them. This post is because both feeds

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“Anglican” personal prelature?

There has been much internet speculation that the Vatican will establish an Anglican personal prelature for unhappy Anglicans. Opus Dei is currently the only personal prelature. Unlike most church governance, which oversees a geographic territory, a personal prelature has a prelate, appointed by the pope, who oversees those linked by a particular agreement rather than

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Reflect on Transfiguration Sunday (Sunday before Lent)

Whilst February 22 Roman Catholics, New Zealand Anglicans and others will be reading Mark 2:1-12 etc., those following the Revised Common Lectionary will generally be celebrating the Transfiguration with the following readings. Mark 9:2-9 This describes an altered state of consciousness understood and experienced in 90% of cultures studied by anthropologists, but blocked in the

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Septuagesima

From the Gelasian Sacramentary (7th Century) until the calendar reforms of Vatican II, the ninth Sunday before Easter was called “Septuagesima”. What interests me is that, prior to the Vatican II reforms from Septuagesima right through up to (but not including) the Last Sunday after Pentecost (the Sunday next before Advent) – that whole block

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