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Sapphires and Duty

Yesterday was the sixty-fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. By all reports, she spent it quietly at Sandringham, in Norfolk, where her father, the King died 65 years ago. She is now the longest reigning monarch in British History. And the only one to have parachuted into the Olympics! Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith […]

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The Coming of Christ, the Golden Blossom

Advent is, for Christians, a time of waiting, in some ways, it is like Lent, but not exactly, here we await the birth of the Lord, and by extension, his return in Glory. It is the time of beginning, of promise. My favorite Clerk gave us Sunday, a homily from an anonymous Anglo-Saxon author, in […]

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Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

Tonight they’ll try to set a bonfire to burn England down. Why? Because back in 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught before he had time to light the fuse on 30 some odd barrels of gunpowder under parliament, in an attempt to destroy Parliament and the King (James I), thereby setting the stage for the restoration of […]

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Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November

Tonight they’ll try to set a bonfire to burn England down. Why? Because back in 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught before he had time to light the fuse on 30 some odd barrels of gunpowder under parliament, in an attempt to destroy Parliament and the King (James I), thereby setting the stage for the restoration of […]

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Let it Burn!

And so 350 years ago, yesterday, the King’s baker in London, did not properly attend to putting his oven out, and London burned. Thus the Great Fire of London. Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary… Some of our maids sitting up late last night to get things ready against our feast today, Jane called up […]

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The Queen’s 90th Birthday

  I wanted to write another post on leadership today, so I did. Today is Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Like the very luckily much younger (and far more beautiful) Laura says here, “she’s the only Queen of the United Kingdom, I’ve ever known”. And Britain and the Commonwealth, and yes, the United States, as well, is very […]

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Newman Lecture: Bishop Graham James

Preparing for tonight’s @NewmanLectures#newman2016@UEAInstitute@UeaFaith@UEAEventspic.twitter.com/gZHNc8HmtW — John Charmley (@ProfJCharmley) April 11, 2016 From his biography: The Rt Revd (Dr) Graham James Bishop of Norwich The Rt Revd Graham James was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later working in Welwyn Garden City, Church House – Westminster (where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for […]

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Easter: Past and Present

I sit here now, in the dark of an early Nebraska Saturday morn, and look back over the week we call Easter week and think it truly named. That’s because a week ago, I was watching a friend of mine founder in a situation, not of their making, which was coming very close to stealing […]

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Saints for Us All

This Icon, of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya by Egyptian-American artist Tony Rezk, remember those 21 stalwarts of the faith, beheaded a year ago, by ISIS. This is something for all Christians, Here is the President of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, via Cranach. And Pope Francis via The Catholic Herald. [T]he blood of […]

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Land of Lost Content?

As some of you know, I am fond of poetry. The older I get, the more I think it almost the only thing outside of my Bible that’s worth reading. Yesterday, whiling away time I should have been doing something else with, I told Neo that I was overcome with a sort of melancholy – […]

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Saturday Links

Well, I’m more or less recovered, but there is a mass of stuff I read (and archived for use) while I was ill. So how ’bout some links today to help you (and me) catch up? Hillary Clinton & Double Standards on the Left The Flint Water Scandal The Tribal War with Islam This refers […]

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Troublesome Priest

I don’t know if you’ve seen the film, ‘Becket’, but it was one of my father’s favourites, and we used to watch it at Christmas on video (yikes, remember that? I mentioned it to a pupil the other week and she looked at me as though I was someone from the Dark Ages!). I was […]

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Handmaid of the Lord

Perhaps it is the fact that so many of our Bible commentaries are written by men that we so seldom read much about the care God shows for barren women? In our age of contraception and abortion, where human life is so cheaply regarded, the plight of the barren woman is possibly incomprehensible – except […]

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Guy Fawkes, Call Your Office

OK, I give up, here you go. The history of bonfire night, and the English Reformation in one somewhat long post. I note that any injuries from falling off your chair laughing, are solely the responsibility of The Federalist On this day in 1605, an angry English Catholic named Guy Fawkes along with a group […]

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All Saints Day

[This was my post from last year on All Saints Day on All Along the Watchtower, I thought I’d share it with you as well.] I think all know that in the west, 1 November is All Saints Day. But like so much, our definitions differ a bit. In the Roman tradition (and the Orthodox, […]

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Edith Cavell: Nurse, Patriot, and Martyr

A hundred years ago, today, Nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans. She was convicted of helping British and French soldiers escape back to their forces. There was in truth no doubt of her guilt. She forthrightly admitted it. She had been nursing both Allied and German soldiers equally. Her execution rather shocked the […]

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Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham

So, today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham. Seems strange, even to me, that a hard-headed old Protestant like me would care. Like many of you, I was raised that the veneration of Saints and such tended very close to idolatry. And it can, Martin Luther, himself, warned of it but, he […]

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David Cameron’s ‘British values’ agenda is anti-Christian

Is it? Yes, and its also anti-Islamic, anti- Jewish, anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh, and anti-secular humanist. It’s also anti-British, anti-American, and anti-western civilization. Unless you worship David Cameron as the one true god, it’s against whatever you believe. Here’s Cameron’s money quote: For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as […]

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Justin Welby: ‘The abolition of the global – learning to live in the world in one city’

This is pretty good, albeit long. Note that Archbishop Welby starts at about the 18:00 mark.

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Hope, and Prayer

As I said in my last post, I do not feel competent to offer solace to the other victims in this scandal: the women who have been cheated, by themselves, and by pressure tactics from having their children. They too pay a heavy price. While I don’t have any personal experience of this, my dearest […]

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