Category Archives: Anglican

Anglican Stars: Roland and Herbert

Missionaries are out of favour in some quarters nowadays. Their activities are sometimes seen as connected with a colonialism which ignored what was good and honourable in indigenous societies and so became the objects of evangelical western zeal. Undoubtedly there … Continue reading

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A light, the light or the only light?

In a touching and moving scene in the Temple in Jerusalem the aged Simeon takes the infant Christ in his arms and proclaims him as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke … Continue reading

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Snowdrops of Candlemas

I have a very early memory of masses of snowdrops under a large tree. It must be a memory of before I was five years old as we moved from that house in Mainsforth, County Durham to another in Teesdale … Continue reading

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Anglican Stars: Two Dorothys

Who has inspired you in your faith? Most of us can give examples of people who have encouraged and inspired us. Some may be great names, some may be people we have met and talked to. In some cases the … Continue reading

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Three Ancient Men: An Armenian Epiphany legend

The stories of Jesus birth are surrounded by myths and legends, some specific to certain cultures. A little boy brings a lamb, an ox and an ass look over the crib… Many of the stories have developed to convey the … Continue reading

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Bless the Four Corners of this House

I’ve a wonderful collection of old hymn books, many inherited from my dear friend Fr Mark Dalby. I haven’t room on the Rectory book shelves for them so they occupy two selves in the church office at St Chrysostom’s. Looking … Continue reading

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20 + C + M + B + 19 Blessing of Homes

Our homes are special places – they are where we live, eat, play and pray.  That is stating the obvious – yet we often forget the obvious.  What better way to celebrate the visit of the Magi or Three Kings … Continue reading

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