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Lectionary (long): Good Friday

What to put up on one of the high and holy days of the church calendar? The betrayal, trial, condemnation and Crucifixion of Christ, and the psalms, the prophets and comments of the apostles: the readings for today are long. But it is for our sins that this happened. Pilate and the Sanhedrin were allowed […]

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Antipodean music.

After Easter, indeed within days, there is ANZAC. Some music, for what is it worth, from Australia and New Zealand This was written by an Aussie, and we’ll let Eddie Veder in. He spends a fair amount of time in NZ.

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New Zealand Social Change The Decline

Bleak Daybook.

I was waiting for my querolous papist brother to comment on the fire at Notre Dame. Mundabor is trenchant, and he does not disappoint. The visual signs of degeneration led to horror, to Frenchman singing hymns to the Virgin in the streets. But the rot was there. Our enemy deliberately set it. However, to me […]

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Lectionary Thursday 18th April.

Today is the last day for work in NZ, as both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are public holidays. The secular state has not removed them, yet. My church has posters up around town encourating people to an evangelical service on Sunday. So today, I’m using two passages: one from the gospel and one from […]

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Lectionary 17th April 2019

It looks like the wormtounges are being found out, while those who are of faith are standing taller. The buildings older generations worshiped in may be sold, or destroyed, but the challenge remains. Leave our sin to one side. Shuck off the burdens of our society and their expectations, and run the course set before […]

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Poetry Social Change

Burnt Poems

Notre Dame, April 2019 Life holds out a blackened branch Notre Dame is burning. Where is my heart? Dying in an upstairs room JUlian O’Dea, ANtipodean Poems

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Lectionary on the burning of Notre Dame.

Today one of the French national treasures and the Cathedral of Paris, Notre Dame, has burned out of control. There are promises to rebuild. The great and the good are horrified. A firefighter battling a massive blaze which has ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral has been seriously injured, but authorities say the structure has been saved […]

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New Zealand The Decline

Daybook

It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual. Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t […]

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Lectionary

Lectionary Mon 15th April

It is the Monday before Easter. Six sleeps to Easter Sunday: A prayer for today from the Orthodox Church (who probably say we’ve got the dates wrong). Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling allthings, treasury of good things and giver oflife: come; take Your abode in us; cleanse us […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet.

I am repeating this sonnet sequence, in part because it is reformed, in part because it is in English, and in part because it predates Shakespeare, and finally, because Tudor women were tough. These are the biographical facts of Anne Locke’s life: she was the daughter of Steven Vaughan, who was in Henry VIII’s service […]