Tag Archives: Lent

Parce Populo Tuo

Once again, we arrive at the gates of Lent after the short period of preparation called the Gesimas, after the Sundays of Septuagesima, Sexagesima and Quinguagesima. This is the time in many places when Carnival is celebrated – the word … Continue reading

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More on Godless Progress

My brother in the priesthood Fr Jonathan Munn has summed things up rather well in The Lie of Progress. I posted a comment there, which I quote here (with a couple of slight tweaks): Ideas are converging because you and … Continue reading

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Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

This may seem to be one of the most enigmatic sayings of the Gospels, just at a time when the Pope wants to rid the Lord’s Prayer of the notion “et ne inducas pas in tentationem“. What of the temptations … Continue reading

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Wisdom for the coming Lent

Our Archdeacon, Fr Ray Thompson, has just sent out a circular message February 2018 My dear friends and colleagues, Do you ever wonder why Jesus went into the desert to be tempted by the devil for forty days? There is … Continue reading

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A Message on Lent by Archbishop Mark Haverland

I found this touching message by our Metropolitan on Facebook: * * * ‘Lent’ is derived from the Germanic word for ‘spring’ through Anglo‑Saxon. ‘Lenz’ is still the word for spring in modern German. ‘Lent’ also is related to the … Continue reading

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Glitter Ashes

I thought I had heard them all! This is going “viral” on Facebook. A number of people responded to the provocation to express indignation or wonder whether it is a joke. Even some gay people object to this aberration and … Continue reading

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Stiff Upper Lip!

We’ve all heard the old caricature of the Englishman bracing up for any misfortune or adversity that might come his way. Best foot forward, stiff upper lip, and think of England! It’s probably what a lot of those poor wretches … Continue reading

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What are you giving up for Lent?

Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Quentin Crisp, who, in spite of his flamboyance, ate almost nothing. He claimed to live on a kind of white powder bought from the chemist’s shop to which he would add plain water. … Continue reading

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A Meditation for Holy Week

I found a quote from Monsignor Alfred Gilbey (1901-1998). It follows on very nicely from my reflection about ecclesiastical bureaucracy and middle management. Many of us find ourselves in a situation of conflict, namely believing in an ideal (Catholic tradition) … Continue reading

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Sarum Mass of Thursday in the first week of Lent

I have found some software that enables me to make videos on my laptop computer using the built-in webcam and microphone. Therefore the quality isn’t very good. I will need to plug in an external microphone and a good quality … Continue reading

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