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Extraordinary in the Ordinary George Herbert (1593–1633) is one of Anglicanism’s mystical theologians that people in the pews have come to know and love through his poems that have become familiar hymns. Their evocative power has enabled generations of worshippers [...]


A clerical detective story by PDJ Aymes Commander Melhuilish did not like Christmas. Her objection was sociological, not theological. Eve was as aware as anyone that most of the people charged with upholding its annual celebration did not actually believe [...]

Rebuilding Walls

Patrick Reardon on a man both practical and prayerful. Nehemiah is arguably the Bible's best example of a man of the world who was also a godly man, deeply reflective and much given to prayer. Status A Jew trained in [...]

Piety and portraits

Anne Gardom on two very different sets of paintings John Pelling’s Stations of the Cross The church of St Thomas the Apostle, Hanwell, in Middlesex, has acquired a set of Stations of the Cross painted by John Pelling. (His exhibition [...]

No Woman is an Island

Those opposed to the ordination of women to the priesthood and the episcopate continue so for clear and fundamental reasons. The innovation is contrary to scripture, tradition and reason. Scripture: Clear guidelines about women’s ministry in the Church are set [...]


Christ the King The Ascension of Christ receives rather less emphasis in the Common Worship calendar than previously, its celebration being practically confined to Ascension Day itself. The effect of this is, however, partly offset by the new festival of [...]

Moving Ahead

This was the theme of the bi-annual Diocesan Conference, or General Assembly, of The Traditional Anglican Church, held at Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, on 5th October 2002. It has always been the wish of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) to have closer [...]

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