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Out of Darkness … into Light(0)

April 1, 2019

Out of darkness God has called us,
Claimed by Christ as God’s own people.
Holy nation, royal priesthood,
Walking in God’s marvellous light.
-- Refrain from the hymn Out of Darkness by Christopher Walker

The images on the cover and on page 2 of this issue of the Messenger are evocative of the account of Easter morning in St John’s Gospel (20:1).… More

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Ash Wednesday Reality

When I was a small boy in a small town, Ash Wednesday embarrassed me. We had a succession of parish priests with thumbs that seemed gargantuan to a child. They deposited great day-lasting dollops of ash on all available foreheads. Even babes in arms were not exempt: ‘Remember man that thou art dust …’.… More

The Light of the World

In ancient times, many people regarded the sun as the most important god. The sun gave the world warmth and light. Fires were lit during winter to boost the weakening strength of the sun. Sol, the sun-god, was the principal deity of the Roman Empire, and 25 December, by which day the sun had begun to come back to the skies of the northern hemisphere, was Sol’s birthday.… More

Remembering our Dead

During November we pray especially for those who have died -- friends, family members, fellow parishioners and even people we never met, believing that it is an act of love to pray for them. Since they now live outside time, in eternity, our prayers are of benefit to them at the very moment of their entering eternity, at the moment they died.… More


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