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The Lighting of the Advent Candles

ADVENT 1 (The Patriarchs) Reader lights purple candle and says Blessed are you, Sovereign Lord, God of our ancestors, to you be praise and glory for ever! You called the patriarchs to live by the light of faith and to journey in the hope of your promised fulfilment. May we be obedient to your call […]

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MA Dissertation: Sacraments in Digital Space – a theological reflection of three church’s position statements.

Cranmer Hall, St John’s College September 2019 M.A. in Digital Theology  Word count: 14954 words This dissertation is the product of my own work, and the work of others has been properly acknowledged throughout. Acknowledgements I would like to acknowledge the support and supervision of Dr Karen O’Donnell which has been invaluable; for the inspiration […]

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Prefaces

to the Eucharistic Prayer, from the 1975 Roman Missal. Advent 1 Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. When he humbled himself to come among us as a man, he fulfilled the plan you formed long ago and opened for us the […]

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Contra Creation Season

@RevDaniel, like me, has misgivings about this new ‘Creation Season’ (I thought the whole of Ordinary Time was about creation, hence the green vestments). He draws in this wonderfully vivid quote to change the focus from the created to the creator… St. Augustine’s “Confessions” sums it up well: “I asked the earth and it answered, […]

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Script to check if a Linux service is running…

Sometimes my CrashPlan running on Linux will stop unexpectedly and you don’t know about it until there hasn’t been a backup for three days. 🙁 Here is a simple script that will check if your specified service is running and will start it if it’s stopped. You will have to replace “replace_me_with_a_valid_service” with the name […]

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Batch Script Backup to Network NAS Drive

You can never be too paranoid about backing up. Each night I run a simple batch script to transfer my key files onto an external drive, in addition to backing it up on a cloud sever (recommendation: CrashPlan for Small Business). The batch script is this: @ECHO OFF set dt=%DATE:~0,2%/%DATE:~3,2%/%DATE:~6,4%:%TIME:~0,2%.%TIME:~3,2%.%TIME:~6,2% set dt=%dt: =0% ECHO %dt%>>backuplog.txt […]

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Reading the Bible in Church

Almost anyone could do the readings. Almost anyone could do them badly and/or carelessly. But, with a little effort, most people could do them well. A little thought and a little planning can make all the difference. Morning Prayer is part of the Church’s daily cycle of prayer: an ongoing engagement with God’s Word in […]

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