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Keep Awake With Me

“My soul is sorrowful to the point of death.Wait here and keep awake with Me.” – Matthew 26:38 Lent has concluded and we have now entered into Holy Week. On this Maundy Thursday, we consider the institution of the Eucharist; and we pause and keep...

Into The Valley

It is the strangest of weeks. A week like no other in the liturgical year. It begins on such a high with the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, annointed with nard by Mary of Bethany to signify His role as the Messiah, and met with such jubilation by the...

Gifts of the Epiphany

‘Epiphany’ means ‘revelation’ or ‘sudden realisation’. In terms of the feast commemorating the adoration of the Magi (or ‘Wise Men’) before the Christ Child, it refers to the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles, personified here in the persons of the three Wise...

Lectionary and Psalter

I was interested to read earlier today that the Bishops Conference of Scotland plan to introduce a new Lectionary, having given the go-ahead for the planning of this to begin; the work is expected to take a few years. The new Lectionary will be based on the English...

A Parched Land

“O God, You are my God, for You I long;my heart thirsts for You, my body pines for Youlike a parched land ..” – Psalm 63 Finally across the Dioceses of Scotland, the moment we have all been waiting for has arrived, and the Churches have begun to...

Grace In Time Of Trial

“But what of the practice of our Catholic Faith? It may be that for a while, our practice will change in terms of location and form. The location may move from the parish Church to the ‘domestic Church’ – that is, our home. And the form may change from liturgical...

With You Always

“I am with you always, until the end of the age”Matthew 28:20   Sometimes, as Christians, we can feel alone, and it may seem – although it is certainly not the case in reality – that the Lord is far from us (or that we are far from Him)....

Behold The Man

“So Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them – ‘Behold the man’.” (John 19:5) Throughout Holy Week, the Church greatly encourages us to maintain an air of solemnity and, as far as possible, of...

Epiphany – A Different Way

“They saw the Child with His Mother, Mary, and falling to their knees they did Him homage” Matthew 2:11   Today’s feast of the Epiphany tells a strange and mysterious tale. In his Gospel, Saint Matthew writes of “some wise men” who...
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