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Stripped Down Liturgy – Funeral

I got into a conversation this week about which bits of the Church of England liturgy were “essential” for a service. Although we all have different views of what makes a good service, it’s really interesting to look at the

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Chartres and the Roman Rites

Richard Chartres, BIshop of London

Just in case anybody in London Diocese was in any doubt, Chartres has made it very clear. The Pope has recently issued an invitation to Anglicans to move into full communion with the See of Rome in the Ordinariate where

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Civil Partnerships and the Proposed Changes

I’ve been asked by an Anglican organisation to provide a summary of the proposed changes in the law and their possible implications. Here’s what I’ve produced, but if you have any suggestions please let me know. Civil Partnerships and the

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Two Theologies of Marriage?

Wedding Rings

I want to pick up some of the observations made last week on the Boston Gay marriage and try to move the conversation forward. In particular, I want to return to the issues of a coherent theology of marriage that

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Boston Gay Marriage – TEC have Completed the Circle

The Marriage in Boston Cathedral

My thanks to Charlene Smith of the Episcopal Divinity School in the US who has supplied me with a copy of the liturgy used last Saturday for the marriage service in Boston Cathedral. You can download the service yourself here

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Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
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No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
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