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What is ‘Holy Week’?

The introduction to ‘Passiontide and Easter’ in the official liturgical books of the Church of England give some interesting historical background to this season in Lent. The origins of this annual memorial of the the death and resurrection of Christ are lost in the mists of time.  We do not know when
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‘Ordinary’ time

What makes something ordinary? Maybe the fact that its not extra ordinary?  Not outside the usual way of things?  My granddaughter said the other day ‘wouldn’t it be awful if it was Christmas everyday! You would get presents but you would never have any time to enjoy them before you got another
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Candlemas

Today (2nd February) is known in the Church as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.  It is a celebration of the recognition of Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, who was promised from old and who would bring redemption of Jerusalem and, ultimately, through Jesus’s widening of the invitation
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Epiphany

We are now in the middle of the season of Epiphany. Christmas has flown by!  In the UK Epiphanytide doesn’t get much of a good press. Once Christmas day is over and the easter eggs are in the shops no one seems to remember the wise men, or the magi as they are often called. […]
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Wedding Readings

One of the lovely things about planning a wedding is choosing readings and music and hymns together. When it comes to readings though everyone one is different. Some people say that they would like to find a reading that isn’t well used – they want something different; others feel that they want to use
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Christmas

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast: Hark, hark, the wise eternal word, like a
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