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Lectio Divina – by Revd. Ollie Dempsey

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With a new month comes a new liturgical season, however, much is different for us this Lent. For the Church, there has been a longer gap between the end of the incarnation season (Christmas to Candlemas) and the start of this traditional season of penitence - last...

A Thought for Pentecost, by Joan Grenfell

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Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Day. It recalls the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples waiting in the upper room for this promised gift. Some of you will remember, as I do, growing up with Whitsunday being the name of the Sunday recalling...

A Thought for Ascension Day, by Joan Grenfell

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I don’t do ‘goodbyes’ very well.  I find them too emotional, too painful. When I left, after 7 years, my first teaching post, I could not bring myself to be present in the staff room for the traditional ‘saying goodbye’.  I had enjoyed the 7 years and had made good...

A Thought for Easter Day, by Joan Grenfell

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‘Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the sepulchre, bringing the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus….. And behold 2...

A Thought for Good Friday, by Joan Grenfell

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‘When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And he bowed His head, and gave up his spirit.’   ‘It is finished!’ is a common enough expression which each of us will have used perhaps many times during our lives……. as when that tapestry or...

A Thought for Maundy Thursday, by Joan Grenfell

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‘ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’   Maundy Thursday is an important date in the Royal calendar. It is the day on which the Queen visits cathedrals around the country to present a...

A Thought for Palm Sunday, by Joan Grenfell

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‘Those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’   ‘Pilate spoke to the crowd again. ‘Then what do you want me to do with the man you call King of the Jews?’ They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’...

Thoughts for Sunday 28th March (sixth Sunday in Lent) by Mike Oswald.

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Also known as Palm Sunday   For the past six weeks we have been preparing for this week, Holy Week, during which we remember the dramatic and powerful events leading up to the Crucifixion. Jesus and his disciples had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the solemn Jewish...

Thoughts for Sunday 21st March (fifth Sunday in Lent) by Mike Oswald.

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Also known as Passion Sunday   Passion Sunday is the day on which we start to think about what Jesus would suffer up to and including his Crucifixion. The original Latin word meant suffering, and as our language developed it came to refer specially to suffering for...

Thoughts for Sunday 14th March (fourth Sunday in Lent) by Mike Oswald.

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Also known as Mothering Sunday   It is particularly appropriate today to remember the humility and faithfulness shown by Mary, the mother of Jesus. She stood by her Son throughout his life, giving us an example of parental love. We remember also at this time the...

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