Category Archives: Times & Seasons

Christmas

What is there to say about Christmas? It is probably the most well known festival of the Christian calendar. It is a time when we celebrate: a time of joy and gifts, a time of food and drink and parties and decorations, a time of trees and tinsel, carols and mince pies. But, is that […]

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Harvest Festival

It may be surprising to learn that the annual harvest festival service, so much a ‘standard’ feature of the church year, is actually a relatively recent innovation. There have, of course, been rituals and celebrations associated with the annual harvest for millennia, and in all parts of the world, both Christian and as part of […]

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Transfiguration

The story of the transfiguration of Christ is told in the three ‘synoptic’ gospels, Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9, and is also mentioned in St Peter’s second letter ( 2 Peter 1). All well and good, but what is it? ‘Transfiguration’? One of those long words beloved of the church. But a great […]

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Trinity

On Trinity Sunday, the Church celebrates perhaps the most mysterious aspect of our faith: the Holy Trinity. Mysterious because the nature of the Holy Trinity — that God exists as three persons in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit — is both a paradox and a glory. The Trinity is complex and often misunderstood. The […]

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