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Abandoning Cranmer?

Michael Fisher  investigates the real absence of Cranmer from our Prayer Book ‘Have we totally abandoned Cranmer?’ An elderly parishioner asked me that question following the introduction of Common Worship. If I’d had the presence of mind I might have [...]


Thurifer considers music and politics Within a couple of weeks I was fortunate to hear two of Beethoven’s choral masterpieces, his Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis. The latter was given by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Michael [...]

Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe goes on holiday I have never taken a ‘package’ holiday as such, but when I was 13 I went on a school choir trip to Holland. We stayed in a youth hostel in Scheveningen with triple-decker bunks, sang [...]

Views, Reviews and Previews

Art Picasso 1932 Tate until 9th September, 2018   ‘You don’t resist Picasso … a woman doesn’t resist Picasso.’ So Marie-Thérèse Walther, Picasso’s muse and mistress from 1927-1935. Picasso left Marie-Thérèse for Dora Maar shortly after Marie-Thérèse gave birth to [...]

The way we live now

Christopher Smith continues a train of thought on theological dialogue I have recently been reflecting on priesthood, having preached at some important anniversaries on or around Trinity Sunday and preparing to preach at an ordination later this month. Of course, [...]


On church noticeboards across the country there used to be notices headed ‘What the Church of England teaches about Confession.’ The notice set out from the Order of Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer why there was a [...]

Onward Goes the Pilgrim Band

Alan Smith considers the impact of the Irish abortion referendum The most important thing to remember about the Irish Republic’s referendum on abortion is that voting, whether in referendums or elections, does not settle moral arguments. It merely helps to [...]

O Sacred Heart!

David D’Silva explores the mystery of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection through the image of the Sacred Heart My absolute favourite film—a film I can watch, get to the end of, and immediately re-watch at least twice—is The Librarian: Quest [...]

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