Monthly Archives: December 2013

Family and Friends

Attending a Christmas Day service will never be quite the same as this year’s in Ireland.  With nearly all our close family, all three generations, we made our way across the winding lanes and undulating landscape of County Down for … Continue reading

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Light a Candle

On Christmas Eve we will be joining the congregation of Down Cathedral in Ireland for a candlelit carol service. The cathedral will be packed with people listening to the traditional service of nine lessons and carols. Everywhere there will be … Continue reading

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To Raise a Smile

                            Whenever I think of Christmas services, I recall the time that we organised a community Carol Concert in our first church, Portrack. This was in the 1980’s when the … Continue reading

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Hail Mary and Other Good Mothers

There I was in chapel, with Sisters from a Religious Order, praying the Offices and as we were in Advent, we used the Memorial of the Incarnation which included the phrase: Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. … Continue reading

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Retreat Reflections

I’ve just returned from St Oswald’s near Whitby where I spent some time, mostly silent, on retreat. It’s a valuable discipline that helps me to engage more deeply with the Advent journey in preparation for the celebration of Christmas. It … Continue reading

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Holy Smoke ~ Politicians and Religious Leaders

The old adage that politics and religion shouldn’t mix has always caused me some difficulties. I’m interested and involved in both and this week’s news, with happenings in Scotland, Westminster and Iraq, along with news that came to me via … Continue reading

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