Archives March 17, 2008

Blesséd Holy Week

Hurriedly set-up and poorly organised (the perils of arranging yet another event during what is already your busiest week of the year), the Blesséd last night was one of those transformative masses which only happen every so often; although I was totally tied up in curating the worship, even I found it powerful. What made […]

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Multisensory Stations

Up to my eyeballs in MP3 players, loading on the stations, laminate cards and piles of material for the actual stations themselves. I must be mad is the only conclusion I can draw. But it [and the Blesséd worship which is the night before promises to be highly stimulating and challenging. This is on top […]

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Real Sins

In the sixth century, Pope Gregory handed down a list of “seven cardinal vices.” Now the Vatican has issued an additional seven “social sins.” You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord’s name in vain or coveting your neighbor’s wife, but also by wrecking the environment, carrying out morally debatable experiments that manipulate […]

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Sermon: Easter Day

In the powerful Easter Vigil Liturgy we move from darkness into light, from death to life. My words normally just clutter this beauty, so this year, less will have to make do as more… In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Alleluia! Christ is risen! He […]

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Meditation: Holy Saturday

Ponder the rich wisdom offered to us in an ancient homily for Holy Saturday, the name of the author of which is sadly lost in the midst of time. The early believers had a profound grasp of the drama of our salvation played out before them in the liturgy, and better than hearing my words […]

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Sermon: Good Friday

Very short sermon for the 3 hour liturgy. The whole liturgy is a sermon in action. In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Today a special grace flows through the Church. Today the mystery of the cross shines out. Today, the cross, not the Eucharist, is […]

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Sermon: Maundy Thursday

Continuing my theme of short homilies this year… Text: John 13:1-15 In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen In first-century Palestine washing a person’s feet, or even loosing straps on sandals (John 1:27). was the most menial task a servant could be asked to carry out. […]

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Sermon: Palm Sunday

Homilies this year are short and to the point. If you want 45 minute exegesis, then try somewhere else… In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen The branches that are blessed and brought home on Palm Sunday remind us that Lent is the slow coming of […]

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Dismissal for Blesséd Holy Week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaUOGQ_Evlc The recording with the young people was excellent last night – they did it with humour, candour and mutual respect for each other. Our Youth Evangelism Fund bid is still in formation, and has now formally become known as “A Grands-worth of Popcorn“. Their idea, which (naturally) started as a joke, was to spend […]

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