Tag Archives: Eucharist

What Does It Take To Be A Parish Priest Today?

In retirement I have been thinking about what it takes to be a parish priest. Over the years my picture has changed. As a young person, there were a number of clergy who were helpful to me, and it was … Continue reading

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Being A Member Of The Congregation In Two Places

Recently, I have had two experiences of being a member of a congregation that are worth telling you about.   The first experience was one that I would call ‘relaxed’, to put the most positive spin on it. The presiding … Continue reading

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On The Power Of Being Blessed

The readings from the Common Testament for Morning Prayer have come from Genesis in recent days. I have been reading the story of Jacob. At the instigation of his mother, Jacob receives the blessing of Isaac, his blind and frail … Continue reading

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On ‘Transcendence’ and Christianity: A Philosophical Reflection

    I often listen to the Radio National programme ‘The Philosophers’ Zone’.   The other week, they had two programmes on the topic of ‘Transcendence’. The first programme dealt with ‘Transcendence and the Ancients.’ (Mostly meaning Plato).   So … Continue reading

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Dissonance In Reciting The Great Prayers of Thanksgiving at the Eucharist

During the Great prayer of Thanksgiving, I find myself saying some very strange things. Mostly I have overlooked them, but now I think it is worth sharing with you what strikes me as odd about the range of Thanksgiving Prayers … Continue reading

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The Vestiges of Gladiatorial Combat and the Eucharist

While I was in Brisbane, I went to the ‘Gladiator’ exhibition at the museum.   Part of the description of the life of a gladiator was a description of how a day at the coliseum might go. First came the … Continue reading

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How TV Shows Learn From Church About Ritual

The other week I was at home watching Anh Do’s ‘Brush With Fame’, as he spoke with, and painted the portrait of Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson is as TV star, but he has had huge amounts of tragedy in his … Continue reading

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