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Holy Week 2010 Remainders

I’m hoping to get some Holy Week pictures of my own up some time, but in the mean time, I love this series of photos from the Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture” series, this one with images of Holy Week from around the world. We held a Good Friday Wake again this year; I may still [...]

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Tobias Haller on Truth and Tradition

Tobias Haller has a thoughtful post up over on his blog, In a Godward direction: “Ideas are not true because they are old, though they may be old because they are true. The paradox is that how long a given idea has been around is of no use in proving its truth, and past staying-power [...]

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Survey Says . . .

I’ve seen now a number of references to a study conducted by LifeWays Research claiming that the “unchurched prefer cathedrals to contemporary church designs” (as the LifeWays report/press release put it), or that unchurched people prefer “traditional” churches to “contemporary” ones.  Often, this study is used as confirmation by those who prefer “traditional” church architecture [...]

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Epiphany Baptisms

The New York Times had an interesting article recently, describing the Russian Orthodox practice of “Epiphany Baptisms”, which apparently involves cutting a cross-shaped hole in the ice on a river or lake, and then taking a plunge in: “Monday was Russian Orthodox Epiphany, and roughly 30,000 Muscovites lined up to dunk themselves in icy rivers [...]

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Liturgy for church committee meetings

If liturgy is public work, and vestry and committee meetings are where some of the work of the church gets done, then why do we run our church meetings using more of the rituals of commerce and government than rituals of the church? Charles Olsen of the Alban Institute offers some suggestions for Ways to [...]

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Human hands have made?

Ever wonder about where communion wafers come from? Both the The New York Times and the Boston Globe have had recent stories about Cavanagh Company, a family business based in Rhode Island that supplies 80% of the communion wafers used in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. I must confess I have long found [...]

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Of Ceremonies

In light of yesterday’s post, Miranda brought to my attention this passage from Thomas Cranmer: Whereas in this our time the minds of men are so divers, that some think it a great matter of conscience to depart from a piece of the least of their Ceremonies, they be so addicted to their old customs; [...]

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Everybody Knows

Terry Martin has been attending the Great Emergence Conference down in Memphis, posted an moderately interesting rant yesterday. I’m not sure about the exact context, although I have some guesses. His first two points I largely agree with–although I would also add that I think there are reasons beyond aesthetic that projection screens are not [...]

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Look busy!

From the always peculiar webcomic, Sunday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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What do the candles on the advent wreath symbolize?

More light! Adam at A Wee Blether reads a church bulletin and has a revelation: “As the darkness deepens and winter comes, each week we light one more candle to speak of our hope for the coming light. Much has been made of the symbolism of the Advent wreath, each candle given a particular meaning. [...]

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