Forgiveness

 

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A Hymn to God the Father, by John Donne

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,

Which was my sin, though it were done before?

Wilt thou forgive that sin, through which I run,

And do run still, though still I do deplore?

When thou hast done, thou hast not done,

                        For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won

Others to sin, and made my sin their door?

Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun


A year or two, but wallow’d in, a score?               

When thou hast done, thou hast not done,

                        For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I have spun

My last thread, I shall perish on the shore; 

But swear by thyself, that at my death thy Son

Shall shine as he shines now, and heretofore;

And, having done that, thou hast done;

                        I fear no more.

With thanks to Rev Dr Marion Chatterley, Christina France, David France, Rev Andrew Philip, Rachael Murphy, Anne Wylie for their contributions.

Light of the world

 

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“Bring us, O Lord God, at our last awakening, into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence but one equal music; no fears nor hopes but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings but one equal eternity; in the habitations of thy Glory and Dominion, world without end. Amen.”

John Donne (1572-1631)

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The Light of Christ awaits us in the Scriptures, whenever we take time to look.  An additional blessing comes with the opportunity to reflect with others, online or in person.  In these uncertain times, we miss our Saturday morning Breakfast Bible Studies on the following day’s readings, butstill try to follow Christ’s light with sure hope and in prayer.

Almighty God,

we thank you for the gift of your holy word:

may it be a lantern to our feet,

a light upon our paths,

and a strength to our lives.

Take us and use us to love and serve all people

in the power of the Holy Spirit

and in the name of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(SEC Service of the Word (2015), credited to Common Worship.)

With thanks to Liz Armitage, Elaine Ford, Helen Hood, Rachael Murphy, Helen Parker for their input.

Living water

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“Rivers of living water are to be poured out over all the earth, to ensure that people, like fishes caught in a net, can be restored to wholeness.” (Hildegard of Bingen)

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Psalm 107, vv. 35-43:

35  Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water
and water-springs of a dry ground.
36  And there he setteth the hungry
that they may build them a city to dwell in;
37  That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards
to yield them fruits of increase.
38  He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly
and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39  And again, when they are minished, and brought low
through oppression, through any plague, or trouble;
40  Though he suffer them to be evil intreated through tyrants
and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
41  Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery
and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
42  The righteous will consider this, and rejoice
and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
43  Whoso is wise will ponder these things
and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.

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“A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.”
Wordsworth

With thanks to Bryony Faraday, Rachael Murphy, Helen Parker, Rosamond Robertson, Adrian Tupper and Mikey Wood for their contributions.

Rejection

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Hesteyri in the far northwest of Iceland was abandoned in 1952 when the populace decided that continuing to live there was too difficult. It became a nature reserve.  Some of the families kept their homes as places to visit in the short summer months. “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea.” T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets #lentwords #countyourblessings #temptation #treasureourcathedral

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Now is a time of spiritual as well as physical, practical recycling. Though we may seem
unworthy, through God’s love we are transformed and “like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.”
“Jesus our Saviour,
take our rubbish,
the greed indulged,
the broken promises,
anger, resentments.
Take the long list of sin
that warps our being
and weave your forgiving love
that makes of waste
a growing place.”
“Reusing,” © Chris Polhill, from Eggs and Ashes: Practical & Liturgical Resources for Lent & Holy Week, Ruth Burgess & Chris Polhill.

 

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I Am The Great Sun

From a Normandy crucifix of 1623

I am the great sun, but you do not see me,
I am your husband, but you turn away.
I am the captive, but you do not free me,
I am the captain you will not obey.

I am the truth, but you will not believe me,
I am the city where you will not stay.
I am your wife, your child, but you will leave me,
I am that God to whom you will not pray.

I am your counsel, but you do not hear me,
I am your lover whom you will betray.
I am the victor, but you do not cheer me,
I am the holy dove whom you will slay.

I am your life, but if you will not name me,
Seal up your soul with tears, and never blame me.

Charles Causley

Contributions from Liz Armitage, Euan Crawford, Christina France, David France, Jo Hargreaves, Helen Parker, Rev Andrew Philip and children from the Sunday groups.

Temptation

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One of the first blessings of the day is the welcoming light, spreading out to invite into the Cathedral those who overcame the temptation to turn over in bed and go back to sleep at this early hour.

O Lord open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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Can anything good come from temptation?  Yes, it can.
“Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.”
+St Leo the Great

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“Without temptation the soul cannot grow.” (James Allen, Above Life’s Turmoil)

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God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

Contributors: Rev. Marion Chatterley, Clare Coburn, Bryony Faraday, Elaine Ford, Christina France, David France, Helen Hood, Rachael Murphy, Helen Parker and children from the Sunday groups.

Ash Wednesday

This Lent, St Mary’s Cathedral is using Instagram to post themed images and reflections each day, all linked in with the counting of blessings. You can find them at @stmaryscathedin and with the hashtags #lentwords #countyourblessings #treasureourcathedral

Here is a link to the first one for Ash Wednesday:

 

At Candlemas

As we mark the end of the Christmas season, it seems a good time to reflect on our participation in #AdventWord, which gave us the chance to see images and prayers from churches throughout the Anglican Communion.

Thank you to Mike Appleby, Rt Rev John Conway, Helen Hood, Helen Parker, Rev Andrew Philip, Bryony White and Michael Wood for contributing to our posts in the third and fourth weeks of Advent, which were viewed in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Mongolia, Romania, the United States as well as the U.K.

Below are some of our favourites from the global calendar in the second half of Advent.

#prune

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From Nancy Sticht in St Augustine, Florida, USA

#prepare

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from Alyssa Stubbing in Houston, Texas, USA

#rejoice

#sing

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Christmas
we join
the eternal song
of God’s deep
compassion
and love
for all
and sing
the carols
that speak
back to a birth
and forward
to when
all that God
hopes
becomes

From John Hebenton, Third Order, Society of St Francis

#ancestor

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From @revsusanrussell in Pasadena, California, USA on Twitter

#wash

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From HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong

#ablaze

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Let your faith be so strong that it sets your whole life ablaze with love.

From Lee Hazelwood-Lynn in Ajax, Ontario, Canada

#sign

#expect

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“Our whole life is an Advent season, that is, a season of waiting for the last Advent, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

From Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Canada

#persist

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#peace

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

From St John the Evangelist Church, Hurst Cross, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK

#celebrate

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From @auntiedollhous on Twitter

Let us pray that we may know and share the light of Christ.