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Rogation Days Tony Gelston Fifty years ago, the Sunday before Ascension Day was commonly observed as Rogation Sunday, with an emphasis on praying for God's blessing on the fruits of the earth and the labours of men and women. The [...]

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Ghostly Counsel

Holy place Andy Hawes is Warden of Edenham Regional Retreat House Ever since Jacob recognized a place as 'the gate to heaven' and set up his stone pillow to mark the spot, place and prayer have often gone together. It [...]

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Very modern violence

George Austin turns gloomy this month after viewing a particularly gratuitous portrayal of treachery cruelty and brutality Traditions change, sometimes for the good and sometimes not. Good Friday used to be a day for visiting preachers to conduct the Three [...]

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Recession funerals

As a young curate, I was fascinated by the war-time experiences of those whom I buried. True, eulogies in those days were sober and solemn affairs, next to what they have now become, but there was usually some form of [...]

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Who ordained you?

The problem is not a new one nor is the solution but Brother Steven of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield shares his worries and concerns about supposed priests Twenty years ago, Barbara Clementine Harris became the first female bishop [...]

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Stale expressions

Julian Mann has some awkward questions about the Fresh Expressions movement Questioning Fresh Expressions of Church can be made to seem like objecting to spring-time itself. How can anyone object to daffodils, the May Bank Holiday weekend, or Christian Aid [...]

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Bible marathons

In the first of three articles, Christopher Idle introduces the concept of the Bible Marathon and describes the practical challenges involved in setting it up A Bible Marathon is a more-or-less continuous public reading of the Old and New Testaments. [...]

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Earlier sacrifice

What is it like to be a vicar's wife when the CofE wants your husband out? Mrs Catharine Ann Hind was moved by an earlier article on this theme and shares something of her own experience Sarah Mowbray's heartfelt words [...]

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Finding a BCP Mass

Making a Mass out of a Prayer Book Holy Communion does not come easy. Ernest Skublics considers some of the problems of devising an acceptably Catholic Anglican eucharistic liturgy Two unequal 'sister Churches' have been engaged in an off-again-on-again mating [...]

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Courtesy and breakdown

My Granddad was a big pigeon man, who showed Long-faced Tumblers. His friend in the next street was just as big, but as a pigeon racer. Mr Pulham had played cricket for Sussex in Ranjitsinjhi's day, and was the soul [...]

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