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Time

“We all need time to prepare, to get ready for the next festival.”

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Speaking to the Soul: Ascension and Emptiness

The Ascension is a leave-taking. This is the moment when the tale of God’s incarnation in the world is over. What makes it difficult to capture in paint is really this: it is an absence. It is the moment when the sky is suddenly simply a blue expanse, when the mountain top opens only to wind and silence, when the lake shore no longer rings with the voice of the rabbi or his odd counter-intuitive commands. It is a presence gone, removed never to return. It is emptiness.

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How the Easter bunny got so soft

First a question: Do you know what you get when you pour host water down a rabbit hole? (see answer below)

Bloomberg View gives us the information we have been awaiting as it tells the history of the fierce competition to make the softest Easter Bunny:

Easter bunnies aren’t what they used to be.

The plush toys that line store shelves this time of year are cheaper, often safer, and much, much softer than in bygone days. They represent a small, squishy example of […]

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Speaking to the Soul: A Saturday Night in Hell

It’s the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In church terms, it’s usually called Holy Saturday, a day when there doesn’t seem to be much going on other than usual Saturdaychores. Oh, there are probably people making sure Junior and Sister’s new clothes are well-pressed and ready for church tomorrow. Some families will dye Easter eggs that will be hidden around the house and yard so the kids can have the fun of finding them. Easter baskets have been purchased (featuring thematic toys, balls, dolls, […]

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Sign of the cross

Psalm 46, 87

1 Kings 8:22-30

Ephesians 2:11-22

Something that often surprises a newcomer to the Episcopal Church is, that, on any given Sunday, well…there’s a whole lot of crossin’ goin’ on. It’s a reminder that Anglicanism holds both Catholic and Protestant tradition all in one place. Whether it’s the priest making the sign of the cross to the gathered faithful, or over the elements at their consecration, or those in the pews making big crosses on their chest at various […]

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Transfiguration

Dear Abba,

I am anticipating the deciduous trees begin their annual transformation from lush green canopies to brightly-hued foliage to bare branches. It is part of the wheel of the year, a continually turning scenario that repeats again and again, but never seems to be boring or tiresome. I love spring and fall; watching the world wake up in spring and then drift off to sleep in fall is comforting, somehow. Even in winter, when the world is cold and bare, […]

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A Feast of Epiphanies

The Reverend David Sellery, Author, Resource Creator and Retreat Leader. Committed to a vocation that focuses on encountering God in the midst of everyday life, I serve as an Episcopal priest who seeks to proclaim the good news of God in Christ in worship, pastoral care, education, stewardship, congregational development and community outreach, while continually engaging our wider culture with dynamism and

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Advent Alphabet

Everything has a beginning and for many churches – Anglican/Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox (albeit a bit differently) among others –the church year begins with Advent. The Advent season begins four Sundays before Christmas and marks the anticipation of the arrival of the Christ child in the world. Although it’s not a new thing, perhaps this year it’s helpful to look at building blocks, the kind children have with the letters of the alphabet on it, to see […]

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