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Nativity: Piero del la Francesca A friend at the National Gallery tells me that Piero della Francesca's Nativity is one of their most popular postcards - and not only at Christmas. One can see why. Partly and paradoxically it is [...]


Parsing the Incarnation There is no clearer expression of Christology than that of the Gospels Patrick Henry Reardon, senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity When we affirm that the Word incarnate redeemed the human race, it is [...]


Light of Christ Evelyn Underhill The Christmas Mystery has two parts: the Nativity and the Epiphany. A deep instinct made the Church separate these two feasts. In the first we commemorate Gods humble entrance into human life, the emergence and [...]

Ghostly Counsel

Family prayers Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House Christmas is drawing near and with its approach family issues will be coming to the fore. Some of these will be the source of much joyful expectation, some of [...]

views, reviews and previews

music IN TERRA PAX City of London Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton Naxos 8.572102, £6 As I write, the shops are displaying the dozens of recordings of carols and festive songs which are the inevitable accompaniment of Christmas. [...]

from elsewhere

Vatican Uproar over crucifix ruling The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that crucifixes should be removed from Italian classrooms, prompting Vatican anger and sparking uproar in Italy, where such icons are embedded in the national psyche. "The [...]

A game of two halves

Alan Edwards finds a footballing parallel to the present church circumstances Although a number of Anglo-Catholic folk seem to show an eager desire to abandon the lumbering (and possibly sinking) tramp steamer 5.5. Ecclesia Anglicana for the inviting Roman galleon [...]


Paul Griffin on the real meaning of the word and the fact that our faith is not a purely national one I have recently read and written about famous converts: Sibthorp, Newman, Ronald Knox. Yet I have been conscious all [...]

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