Coping with Death

Apr 3, 2020 by

By Dr Elaine Sugden It appears that no health service in the world is going to be able to cope adequately with COVID-19. In the UK most deaths have been among those already frail from old age or chronic illness. A few were young and in apparently good health. They died in hospital, alone apart from medical staff because no visitors are allowed. After death the body is sealed, no one can view the body. No funerals are allowed, just a cremation or burial. Bravado In the face of any illness some...

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On plagues, judgement, and the Book of Revelation

Mar 30, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: Is God using the Covid-19 virus and the ensuing crisis to punish people and bring them to repentance? Two voices I have read recently are quite clear that the answer is ‘Yes’. The first comes from Adam Young, writing on the Church Society blog. He begins with an event cited to prove that God does not exercise meticulous control over disastrous events: Earlier this year the house of American politician Tony Perkins was destroyed in a flood. This would be hardly worthy of...

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The Tower of Babel

Mar 23, 2020 by

from Archbishop Cranmer: This is the sixth contribution to His Grace’s emergency team ministry during the coronavirus pestilence. It comes from the Rev’d Robert Jackson. Over 3,000 years ago, a man, who might or might not have been Moses, wrote down an account that someone today, if sufficiently academic, would refer to as an etiology. Someone else might call it a ‘just so’ story after the manner of Rudyard Kipling. By way of explanation, if Kipling might want you to know why a whale has a...

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Lenten Meditations: Monday 23 March

Mar 23, 2020 by

Mon Mar 23 am: 89:1-18 pm: 89:19-52 Gen 49:1-28 1 Cor 10:14-11:1 Mark 7:24-37   FOURTH MONDAY OF LENT – Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, c.332 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: On this day we remember the first Bishop of Armenia, Gregory. The ancient kingdom of Armenia was the first country to become Christian, and it recognizes Gregory as its apostle. Armenia was a buffer state between the powerful empires of Rome and Parthia (Persia), and both of them sought...

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Clergy moving online for first Sunday of the Coronavirus shutdown

Mar 22, 2020 by

by George Conger, Anglican Ink: Anglican clergy across the globe are flocking to electronic stores this weekend to prepare for their first “virtual” Sunday in the wake of the Wuhan Flu. Church leaders from the Church of England, the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of North America, the Anglican Churches of Canada, Australia, New Zealand among others have urged their clergy to be creative with this Sunday’s services by offering them electronically.  The call for creativity comes in the...

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Lenten Meditations: Saturday 21 March

Mar 21, 2020 by

Sat Mar 21 am: 87 pm: 90, Gen 47:27-48:7 1 Cor 10:1-13 Mark 7:1-23 THE THIRD SATURDAY OF LENT: James the Confessor, Bishop, 868 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: An 8th Century Saint of the Oriental Church, He was a monk of the Studion monastery in Constantinople, and a disciple of St Theodore the Studite. As a bishop he was severely persecuted by the iconoclasts in the time of the Emperor Constantine Copronymus, enduring hunger, imprisonment and mocking. Known for his steadfastness and piety, he...

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