Day: July 25, 2009

Saturday collection 7/25/09

Here is a collection of a few of the good things that Episcopalians and their congregations have done that made the news this past week. And other news fit to print.

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Blackburn Cathedral offers clean bread

A special container, for the hosts which have been previously consecrated by a male priest, is brought out during Sunday morning services at Blackburn Cathedral if a woman priest is presiding. The cathedral’s canon, Andrew Hindley, defended the arrangement: “It was agreed by all the clergy and cathedral chapter that this was the best way to handle what we call a mixed economy.”

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My first Baptism

“I’m Reverend Joy, the chaplain here…” The woman at the bedside paused and looked at me again…”I’m his aunty.” And, as he lay dying I learned about his life–the bicycle he loved to ride, the video games he played and his easy smile and affection for his family.

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Triumphing over suffering

Discipleship means allegiance to the suffering Christ, and it is therefore not at all surprising that Christians should be called upon to suffer. In fact it is a joy and a token of his grace. The acts of the early Christian martyrs are full of evidence which shows how Christ transfigures for his own the hour of their mortal agony by granting them the unspeakable assurance of his presence.

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