Celebrating eucharistic action: Dix’s purple passage

“At the heart of it all is the eucharistic action, a thing of absolute simplicity—the taking, blessing, breaking and giving of bread and the taking, blessing and giving of a cup of wine and water, as these were first done with their new meaning by a young Jew before and after supper with His friends on the […]

Professionally speaking

Professionally speaking: is that speaking well, or is that being paid for speaking? Speaking well: is that speaking without hesitation, notes or blasphemy, or is it speaking truthfully? In what sense has Sir Alex Ferguson been a professional football manager? There is a sense of professionalism which comes from a realisation which is personally transformative and attitudinal. […]

from Pope Francis’s first Chrism Mass sermon

“We need to “go out”, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy: to the “outskirts” where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters …. giving what little ointment we have to those who have nothing, nothing at all. […]

Ordinations

Chester Cathedral was the setting for a remarkable ordination service yesterday. All ordination services are remarkable. The service begins with a reminder that God “calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood … to declare the wonderful deeds of him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous […]

For those being ordained

I wanted to write a post for those who are being ordained at Chester Cathedral on Saturday. They are Avril Ravenscroft, Collette Jones, Grant Cohen, Heather Buckley, Heather Pang, Lorraine Reed, Nikki Eastwood, Patches Chabala, Paul Cumming, Rob Wardle, Sandra Langerhuizen, Stephen Callis, Steven Hildreth, Tim Watson and Trevor Legge. They will be preparing for […]

Jamie’s Great Britain

from Paddy’s Marten Inn, Leicester I was intrigued by ideas of hospitality and celebration whilst watching Jamie Oliver on Channel 4 last night. I was wearing my metaphorical priest’s hat. Jamie gets everywhere on TV. The British public loves him for his energy and commitment. Last night’s programme focused on my home city, Leicester. Jamie’s […]