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Saints and Holy Days

Saints and Holy Days

The Annunciation On 25 March we have a second break from Lent, and we abandon the purple hangings and vestments and replace them with White/Gold for the Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary is the pivotal point of the...

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Easter Day

Easter Day

Easter is of course, the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday),...

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The Paschal Candle

The Paschal Candle

The Paschal candle represents Christ, the Light of the World. The pure beeswax of which the candle is made represents the sinless Christ who was formed in the womb of His Mother. The wick signifies His humanity, the flame, His Divine...

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The Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil

The Easter Liturgy has included baptism or the renewal of baptismal promises from the earliest times. Those who are baptized are united with Christ in his death and resurrection. Traditionally, new fire is kindled and from this the Easter...

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Good Friday

When I was younger the only shops that I remember being open were our local Fishmonger (Mr Langley) and the Bakers (Lyle’s). MR Langley opened so we could buy fresh fish, the staple of Good Friday; meat was never eaten and bakers opened...

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Today the palms - tomorrow the passion”. The grim truth is that the same people who shouted "Hosanna" on this day shout "Crucify him," just five days later. It is sobering to recall that these same people shouting Hosanna on Palm Sunday...

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Covering the Crosses and Images in Church during Lent

Covering the Crosses and Images in Church during Lent

The custom of veiling crosses and images has much to commend it in terms of religious psychology, because it helps us to concentrate on the great essentials of Christ's work of absolute Redemption. However, the historical origin of this...

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Passion Sunday and Passion-tide

Passion Sunday and Passion-tide

Based on some Thoughts from Sherborne Abbey The title ‘Passion Sunday’, comes from the Latin patior, pati, passus – to suffer. Passion Sunday invites us to turn our thoughts to the suffering and the crucifixion of our Lord. It is a sudden...

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The Phoenix

The Phoenix

In ancient Egypt and Classical mythology the Phoenix is a fabulous bird associated with the worship of the sun. The phoenix was said by the Ancient Egyptians to be as large as an eagle, with brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a...

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Sermon – Easter Day 2014

Sermon given by the Rector on Easter Day, Sunday 20th April 2014 In the Name of the Risen Christ. Amen Jesus Christ is risen today Alleluia So once again….. Jesus Christ is risen today Alleluia….. do you believe it?….. and just what...

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Sermon at Chester Cathedral – January 2014

Sermon given by the Rector in Chester Cathedral on Sunday 19th January 2014 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be here in the Cathedral once again, and to give you,...

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