Meditation and Reflection

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Easter Day: ‘He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.’

He is risen! Hallelujah! Still the earth resounds this Easter Day with the joy of that seismic irruption 2,000 years ago. We have passed from death to life. Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and gave…
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Holy Saturday: ‘He descended into hell’

Holy Saturday is a much misunderstood day, suspended awkwardly between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, seemingly of no great spiritual significance. Jesus is buried: we are left wondering and waiting.…
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The dutiful Queen

The image of Her Majesty the Queen seated alone at the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was one of the most arresting and abiding images of 2021.…
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We will remember them

Nothing today: no words, except those of Robert Laurence Binyon: With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh…
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Hardship of Life

Meet Munzir al-Nazzal and his five-year-old son Mustafa. They live in Reyhanli, in the Turkish province of Hatay, at the border with Syria. Munzir lost his right leg as he…
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The Parable of the Bad Samaritan

On one occasion a lawyer member of the General Synod of the Church of England stood up to test the Bishop of Oxford. “Bishop,” he asked, “What must I do…
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On the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said today:  "I join with the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The…
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Good Friday: God is dead

God died today. He hung on cross, in misery and agony, and died eventually. Today is a day to remember the day God died; the passion, the weeping, the wailing,…
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It’ll be lonely this Christmas

"Even if we can't be together as normal, no-one needs to feel lonely this Christmas", tweeted Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. "We're giving £7.5m to charities, arts organisations, libraries and local…