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A Question for Easter

A Question for Easter

A Question for Easter   It is not a trick question, but neither is it as straightforward as it might seem. To whom did the risen Lord first appear? It depends, of course, on which Gospel you read!   St Matthew tells us that it was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. For St Mark (in the longer ending of his Gospel), it is just Mary Magdalene. For St Luke, it is the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. In St John’ Gospel, it is Mary Magdalene.   But not one of these appearances is immediate or direct.  They are preceded by an angel or unknown figures in white, and they are surrounded by further uncertainty: ‘supposing him to be the gardener’; ‘their eyes were kept from recognising him’.  Only subsequently does recognition occur. The risen Christ is in our midst, but we do not… Read more


The Chrism Eucharist and The New Language of Holy Week and Easter

The Chrism Eucharist and The New Language of Holy Week and Easter

The Chrism Eucharist and The New Language of Holy Week and Easter   ‘That’s just the way it is’; ‘We are where we are’; ‘Get real’; ‘Wake up and smell the coffee’. You may have heard those phrases recently.  I most certainly have.  In fact, I have probably used… Read more


Chaplain to the Deaf Community Appointed

Chaplain to the Deaf Community Appointed

Chaplain to the Deaf Community Appointed   Bishop Peter is delighted that The Revd Jeanette Hamer has accepted his invitation to become Chaplain to the Deaf Community on the island.  Jeanette will be working alongside the Manx Deaf Society to ensure that we provide optimal pastoral and… Read more


Thoughts for Holy Week

Thoughts for Holy Week

Thoughts for Holy Week If you walk down the Mount of Olives and past the Garden of Gethsemane at the bottom, and then climb up the hill to the old walled city of Jerusalem, you come to a church called St Peter in Gallicantu: St Peter at the Cock-crow.  ‘Before… Read more


Response to fire at Notre Dame, Paris

Response to fire at Notre Dame, Paris

In response to developing events in Paris, as fire is causing significant damage to Notre Dame Cathedral, representatives from the Church of England have spoken out. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted: “Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic Notre Dame fire – and for… Read more


Deputy Provincial Registrar announced

Deputy Provincial Registrar announced

  The Archbishop of York is glad to announce that Louise Mary Connacher, Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of York, Registrar of Sodor and Man, Master of Arts (Cantab.), Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and Partner of Lupton Fawcett LLP has accepted the invitation to become… Read more


Praying the Keeils 2019

Praying the Keeils 2019

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