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St Patrick's Breastplate

The prayer of St Patrick is known as St Patrick’s Breastplate because it is a Lorica, a Latin word originally meaning armour, and later referring to the incantation of a prayer written on the breastplate of a medieval knight before he went into battle, the idea linking the two no doubt originating with the apostle Paul’s admonition to wear the ‘breastplate of righteousness’ in Ephesians 6:1. 465 more words


Snow Sabbath: A Lenten Lesson

As I gaze out my window overlooking the sun-dappled snow and drink my second cup of coffee in a quiet house, I am reminded of what this season in our faith is really all about. 538 more words


The Lenten Fast

The English word ‘Lent’ originated with the Anglo-Saxon name for the Spring month of March – Lenctentid – when the days start to become longer. 594 more words


Anticipating Advent

This is the first week in Advent, a time in the church calendar marked by a time expectantly awaiting the birth of the Christ child, anticipating the light to re-enter the world. 565 more words



Advent is the beginning of the traditional church year. This year, the first Sunday in advent falls on the 30th November, also St Andrew’s Day. (St Andrew is of course the Patron Saint of the Celtic country of Scotland.) 328 more words


The Choirs of Ransomed Israel

Here’s a hymn for the Feast of the Transfiguration which we celebrate today:

The choirs of ransom’d Israel,
The Red Sea’s passage o’er,
Uprais’d the hymn of triumph… 313 more words

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On Blue

It is not very common, it seems, for clergy to wear blue stoles . I wear a blue stole – for funerals But why blue? 578 more words