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Corpus Christi

By St Peter's | 20/06/2017

1. This week the Church marked the feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body and Blood of our Lord–on 15 June–the axis of the year.  This is one of the two great Eucharistic days in the calendar. The other is Maundy Thursday in Holy Week, when we remember Christ’s institution of the Eucharist…

Sacred Rhythm

By St Peter's | 23/05/2017

Evensong, St John’s Cathedral, 21 May 2017 1. For Thomas Cranmer, the author of the Book of Common Prayer in its first two versions, the abolition of the monasteries made possible a new vision of holiness: the holiness of the cloister would be diffused everywhere and among all.  The parish church, with its cycle of…

On Baptism

By St Peter's | 07/05/2017

1. We who live near the ocean know the primal power of water to give life. The swirling water can release repressed emotions; it’s surprising how quickly old wounds can heal in the clean, salty waves. Lately I have been thinking a lot about water, because soon I will baptise my first child. It is…

Why be a Christian? Part 3

By St Peter's | 27/04/2017

The final chapter of Timothy Radcliffe’s work is about stopping, recollecting ourselves and, strange as it might seem, playing games. It is about Sabbath rest.  In Christ, we learn to reclaim the sweetness of time, the otium sanctum—the sacredness of rest.  And this is our obligation for, as we hear in Genesis, God rested on the…

Christus Resurrexit

By St Peter's | 23/04/2017

1. Thomas doubts. I will not trust, he says, until I see the mark of the nails in Jesus’ hands; I will not trust until I can touch those wounds.   And in this story Jesus appears to Thomas, to his sight and to his touch, only to say that he had it the wrong way…

Christus Victor

By St Peter's | 17/04/2017

1. “Rejoice and sing now, all the round earth, bright with a glorious splendour, for darkness has been vanquished by our eternal king!” Those are words from the Exultet, which we heard last night as we lit the Easter fire.  It is always wonderful to see, and hear, and smell that fire crackling in darkness. The…

Why be a Christian? Part 2

By St Peter's | 13/04/2017

Endurance Joy in this life is mixed with pain. Yet our joy sustains us through it all, teaching us patience.   As St Augustine says: “Let us sing Alleluia here below while we are still anxious, so that we may sing it one day there above when we are free from care…Let us sing Alleluia, not…

Why be a Christian? Part 1

By St Peter's | 11/04/2017

Timothy Radcliffe OP begins What is the Point of Being a Christian? (2009) with the words of Cardinal Shard, “[t]o be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would make…

Word of Life: John 11

By St Peter's | 10/04/2017

2 April 2017 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. 1. In the beginning God spoke a Word, and the universe came to be. God’s utterance was like…

Oscar Romero's Day

By St Peter's | 31/03/2017

The Anglican Church keeps the feast of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador and Martyr, on 24 March each year.  The Archbishop was assassinated at the altar on that day in 1980. He was a champion of the poor, devoted to non-violent liberation and renewal of the heart. His social vision remains electric and transformative, even…

Oscar Romero’s Day

By St Peter's | 31/03/2017

The Anglican Church keeps the feast of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador and Martyr, on 24 March each year.  The Archbishop was assassinated at the altar on that day in 1980. He was a champion of the poor, devoted to non-violent liberation and renewal of the heart. His social vision remains electric and transformative, even…

Archbishop Justin on Money

By St Peter's | 30/03/2017

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 Lent book is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace. Archbishop Justin argues that Mammon, the idol of economics and finance, has distorted our valuation of people and things.  The exchange value of a thing is so often a poor reflection of its worth. If we could see with the eyes of…

Rowan Williams: Sacraments of the New Society

By St Peter's | 28/03/2017

We cannot choose our families; nor can we choose the members of the Body of Christ. Like any family, frayed tempers and arguments should not be cause for walking or splitting apart.  The Church is, or should be, a sign of humanity’s reconciliation.  That is Williams’ foundational commitment in On Christian Theology. Is this a…

"Drunk with the overflow of the House of God": Jn 4

By St Peter's | 22/03/2017

1. “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty” (Jn 4:14) So Jesus says to the Samaritan woman as she draws up water from the well. At Lent, we are called to examine ourselves, to claim again…

“Drunk with the overflow of the House of God”: Jn 4

By St Peter's | 22/03/2017

1. “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty” (Jn 4:14) So Jesus says to the Samaritan woman as she draws up water from the well. At Lent, we are called to examine ourselves, to claim again…

Catching the Spirit: John 3:1-17

By St Peter's | 16/03/2017

  1. …no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above (Jn 3:3) We must be born, as we hear Jesus telling Nicodemus, of water and of Spirit. Not only must we be washed clean, but we must be infused with new life, with new humanity. I want to suggest that…

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

By St Peter's | 16/03/2017

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make new friends or connections—we transcend ourselves, and we experience the Holy Spirit, says Macquarrie. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, to stand out of oneself—to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51). This…

John Macquarrie's Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

By St Peter's | 16/03/2017

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make new friends or connections—we transcend ourselves, and we experience the Holy Spirit, says Macquarrie. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, to stand out of oneself—to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51). This…

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 1

By St Peter's | 10/03/2017

If the Church finds itself in narrow straits these days it is, in part, because it has not listened deeply to its past masters.  John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, must rank as one of the foremost Anglican theologians of the twentieth century.  His Paths in Spirituality (1972) still offers departure…

John Macquarrie's Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 1

By St Peter's | 10/03/2017

If the Church finds itself in narrow straits these days it is, in part, because it has not listened deeply to its past masters.  John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, must rank as one of the foremost Anglican theologians of the twentieth century.  His Paths in Spirituality (1972) still offers departure…

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