Monday, 27 December 2010
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
What does that mean in Scotland? Our liturgical style is pretty "Anglican". We have our own distinctive Scottish liturgy (is that the same as distinctively Scottish?). I suppose I tried for a degree of ethnic authenticity in Falkirk by increasing the use of the Roxburghe setting to Scottish folk tunes (and our default setting was James Macmillan - a Scot). But I was always wary of descending into Scottish liturgical "kitsch" - metrical psalms, bagpipes at Mass and mitres with thistles on them (the Bishop as MacLeay's beer pump look!). I'd argue that the Scots are a mongrel nation with a tradition of welcoming cultural variety and our worship ought to reflect that. Wonder what anyone else thinks?
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Mind you, when he mentions Communion tokens he's missed one thing. Yes, we Piskies used them as did the Presbies. But for us they were not about exclusion. Being an illegal and penalised Church, they were a security measure to prevent Government spies from infiltrating Mattins and Ante-Communion during which we might be plotting the return of the King over the Water. They were to keep us out of jail, not to keep us pure and undefiled!
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Oh the embarrassment! I turned up at the Good Shepherd Murrayfield this morning to cover the 10am Prayer Book Mass. It was vested in green and the register said "Wednesday", so I prepared to do the proper of Sunday Trinity 17. Only for some sharp soul to pop into the Vestry and say: "It's a Red Letter Day today!" "Who?" "St Michael and All Angels!!" Mercifully, the frontal was all seasons, so the swift swapping of the green burse and veil for a white set and the rapid donning of the White Chasuble and all was well!
Good heavens! I seem to have done a "coming in" post (which has been gestating for ages). God of Surprises anyone?
Monday, 27 September 2010
However there has been one wee bit of protocol from the Papal Visit that has been niggling me a bit: what was the Arch Beard of Canterbury doing greeting B16 at Turnhouse when he touched down? Surely that was the task of the Rt Rev Shooie MacDooie Lth, Minister of Inversnotter Parish Church or whoever this years Chief Presby was? The ABC really hath nae jurisdiction in this Realm of Schottland. Apparently his Modship wasn't in the official line up at Holyrood because the wee sowel got lost in Frau Windsor's Edinburgh pied a terre and was found by a flunky in a broom cupboard. Mebbe he got stuck on the bypass and couldn't make it to Turnhouse on time?
My snarkiness on this one is due in the main to an interview His Beardiness gave in the Times on Saturday. He was headlined as saying "Gay Bishops are OK by me". Which is somewhat disingenuous given that he meant "celibate gay bishops who sharrup about their partners or non celibate ones who make the right mouth music are OK by me". Go figure it out Rowan - in your interview you candidly admitted it was about preserving the notional unity of the Anglican Communion at all costs and the cost the backing of Jeffery John, Gene Robinson or Mary Glasspool would have demanded was too great for your conscience. Full marks for candour, but far from quoting Browning on Wordsworth, I feel rather like the old donkey in Orwell's "Animal Farm". In the last pages, his eyes are dimming and his vision going. He sees Napoleon and the pigs dressed up in suits and bowler hats and walking on their hind trotters- and can no longer distinguish between them and the two legged humans they revolted against. I see an Archbishop allegedly a liberal Catholic - and I'm dammed if he seems much different in my perception to George Carey. And that's isn't meant as a compliment.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
"Nothing can be said worthily about God. hardly a single noun, verb or any other part of speech can be used appropriately of God, in the strict sense....And yet ever since the Fall, poverty stricken human reason has been labouring with these words, these visible signs to suggest and give some sort of hint of the sublime richness of the Creator."
Trust the Irish, eh! And with regard to Dawkins, Hawking and all them visible atheists, here's a wee nip of Richard of St Victor:
"The problem of our times is the loud mouthed, so-called philosophers who are trying to make a name for themselves by thinking up fictional speculations and searching for novelties." (from Benjamin Maior).
I might take Matthew Paris's advice from the Saturday Times and look at Butler's Analogy which he finds more congenial than either Dawkins or the Bibilical conservative.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
However, it would appear that both the Israeli Army and the Vatican seem to have the same stoopid PR advisers: see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10940434 and also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10941653 Madness!They really haven't clue how the World sees them.
More seriously, the Beath are out of another Cup and Scotland are in the process of getting tanned by Sweden. Being Scottish isn't always easy!
Saturday, 7 August 2010
The mighty Blue Brazil have had their usual lousy start to the season - stuffed 2-0 by the Staggies. But we do this and still get promoted. Time will tell.
Friday, 6 August 2010
I have one small query regarding my new status as a Trade Unionist: do I get the Traditional Cloth Cap and Whippet uniform?
Thursday, 5 August 2010
We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eye-witnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, "This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.
So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
(2 Peter 1. 16-19)
Be attentive - to the truth that Jesus the Christ is our Saviour and Redeemer. That God's mercy in and through him remains forever, even if we cannot fully perceive it's glory and generosity due to the faintness of our own vision and inability to bear the fullness of the light. See its light in even the darkest places of the world or of our own hearts and minds. And trust that the Day of the Glorious Resurrection will dawn and the Son of God, the Day star, will rise and reign over us and all of the Creation, that love and justice may abound.
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Page 2 at 5, & page 5 at 15 (Confession)
Current: God is love and we are his children… We love because he loved us first.
Change: God is love and we are God’s children… We love because God loved us first. (I've done this for years)
Current: heal and strengthen us by his Spirit
Change: heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit (who can object to going from 'his' to 'the Holy'?)
Page 3 at 11 (Gloria)
Current: and peace to his people on earth
Change: and peace to God’s people on earth (Fine, OK)
Page 4 at 13 (Creed)
Current: for us men and for our salvation
Change: for us and for our salvation (Not so sure - limits the concept of salvation to the gathered "elect" on one reading- but hardly worth a riot in St Giles!)
Page 6 at 18 (Opening Eucharistic Prayer)
Current: it is right to give him thanks and praise
Change: it is right to give God thanks and praise (Okey dokey)
Page 16, 2nd para, 4th line (Eucharistic Prayer IV)
Current: He renewed the promise of his presence
Change: Your son, Jesus Christ, renewed the promise of his presence (unobjectionable and Christocentric)
Page 21 at 23 (Thanksgiving and Sending out)
Current: Give thanks to the Lord for he is gracious. And his mercy endures for ever.
Change: Give thanks to our gracious God, whose mercy endures for ever. (Somewhat clunky but... fair dos)
Page 21 at 24a (Prayer (a))
Current: which is your will for all mankind
Change: which is your will for all the world (Good - not sodding humanity which sounds silly)
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Obviously, there is some explanation for this abuse of the sacraments. I suspect it is fiscal cupidity (trying to get enough money to retire into an area of his preference??) rather than stupidity. This fella has lost his job, his home and quite possibly his pension and housing rights at the age of 61. Human frailty, ill health addiction, lust - all those are understandable reasons for clerical misdemeanours. Greed has never been one I understood.
Mind you, just because a court convicts you, it doesn't always mean you're guilty. According to some, even Dr Crippen was victim of a miscarriage of justice http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10802059 At this rate, they'll be retrying Madelene Smith soon!
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Lunch now beckons, but we'll keep it light - all the choc has filled me rather!
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Work was OK with shopping a major part of my day; dinner was a splendid smoked mackerel, trout and egg salad with capers, followed by roast chicken. I is gently sated!
Friday, 23 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
I'm actually quite proud that I realised the dangers and was strong enough to resist the "Oh feck it" temptation. It would have been really easy to say "I deserve a drink after a day like that" (which part of my head was saying) and I have a horrid idea where that would have led. So this morning I'll do a meeting and then go see ma. Sober like!
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
"Come the final judgment when, as the Prayer Book says in the Marriage Service, ‘the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed’, some will have to account for the broken promises of the early 1990s. Traditionalists were then assured of a permanent and honoured place. Great store was set by the doctrine of reception (whereby no change in Holy Order would finally thought to be ‘received’ until it was accepted by the ancient churches of East and West). It was on the basis of these promises - both now very hollow - that Provincial Episcopal Visitors were appointed, ordinands and their families exchanged comfortable life styles for theological college, curacies, and what promised to be a lifetime of ministry"
Hang on, I was aware that ordination was a promise to follow Christ "for richer for poorer, for better and for worse", I wasn't aware that it would be a promised lifetime of status with a free Vicarage, no council tax and the faithful calling one "Father" all the time. If some people in collars have only just realised that priesthood means walking with Christ the way that may be leading to Golgotha rather than Walsingham via Barchester, then that isn't the Church's problem. If the Anglo-Catholic fantasy is not maintainable (and I draw a clear distinction between that fantasy and the reality of a truly Catholic understanding of what it is to minister in and through Christ), then it is for the ultimate good of all concerned that this be revealed and the corpse buried. Sorry, Milord Ebbsfleet, but I fear you and your tribe will soon be living another equally fantasy drenched life with the Holy Romans - only they will not molly coddle you as much as your Anglican brethren. to whine of the petted lip I can only say as they do in Glasgow : "Aw diddums! Dry yer eyes!"
Monday, 12 July 2010
1) The Abp's solution was identifiably ecclesiological mince that would have stuffed the Cyprianic concept of territorial episcopacy. And everyone knew it. But the possible goodwill that might have lived with that for the sake of charity had gone since 1992. Pourquoi?
2) The fact that the last time generous provision was made (not least financially) , a goodly number took the money, joined the RC's and came back when they found they really didn't care for being men under authority without handing back the moolah, meant that there there was a lot less willingness to be generous. One Rip Off is enough.
3) SEVERE umbrage was felt over Pope Benny's announcement of the Ordinariate and the way it was done. The C of E was dissed and that REALLY rankled. Payback time - your Convert Aid Societies can pay the fecking bill!
4) The Leadership of Forward in Faith's "secret negotiations" with my old friend Mgr Patrick Burke absolutely incensed the Anglican clergy. This was duplicitous p****ng around and really evaporated sympathy.
and of course...
It was the Archbishop's idea. The 2 Double crossed dudes interfered in the deliberations and conclusions of a Synod committee and Synods do not like being down graded by prelates. Also, Rowan's centralising/authoritarian tendencies could here be checked and rebuked. Warning signs for a covenant vote. This result was no surprise.