Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chanting, chanting, chanting…

Christian chant goes back to the very earliest Christian communities and even further, to the Psalms themselves which traditionally were sung rather than read.  Today I’ve written a few chants which I am hoping to use at some point in … Continue reading

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‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…’

I have been thinking about this saying quite a bit over the last 2 days.  I would really like to try to put it into practice, but I can imagine people around me being only too happy to criticise me … Continue reading

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Empathy and the human condition…

I don’t know how I managed to come across this video today but I did, and boy am I happy that I did!!  It is incredible!  I’ve seen a few of these animations before and the ones I’ve seen have … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Annunciation

Today is the day in the calendars of most denominations of Christianity that the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated.  If you’ve not come across this feast day before, this  Troparion (or hymn) from the Orthodox tradition will explain its … Continue reading

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On trust:

‘I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve … Continue reading

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‘Leave me alone with God as much as may be…’

This prayer by Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne is one which often plays on my mind.  He is a saint renowned for ‘cultivating peace and love, purity and humility’, and that opening line is definite food for thought. I have lived … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t God jump in?

‘…things in life can be good or evil, depending on what, with free will, we do with them.  Speech can bless or curse.  Money can save or destroy.  Science can heal or kill.  Even nature can work for you or … Continue reading

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Looking at the world with fresh eyes…

I went to Bristol today on a school trip and had a very interesting conversation with a colleague.  She was noticing things which I had ceased to see – the way birds were making their nests, deer in a forest … Continue reading

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An introduction to blogging…

As I was singing at a concert last night I was overcome with a feeling that God was calling me to share not only my music but also my experiences with the world, so here I am, blogging! It all … Continue reading

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