Sts Kyneburga, Kyneswide, and Tibba OSB Kyneburga and Kyneswide were the daughters of Penda of Mercia, famous for his fierce opposition to Christianity. Kyneburga became abbess of Castor in Northamptonshire and was succeeded by Kyneswide. Tibba was their cousin who … Continue reading Martyrology: 6th March
Saint Theophilus Bishop; died c. 195 at Cæsarea in Palestine Saint Theophilus helped to persuade the various churches to adopt the same day on which to keep Easter. Saint Piran Confessor; died c. 480 A hermit near Padstow. He is … Continue reading Martyrology: March 5th
Saint Adrian and Companions Martyrs; died c. 875 Adrian was a missionary, bishop on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth who was martyered by the Danes, together with some fellow missionaries who were monks. Saint Peter Pappacarbone Bishop, OSB He became a monk at Cava and later was sent to Cluny where he stayed six years. In 1079, he was made bishop of Policastro, but resigned and returned to Cava, to which abbacy he succeeded the following year. Although at first his rule was too strict and he withdrew to another house, he was soon recalled and … Continue reading Martyrology: March 4th
It’s the second Tuesday of Lent already, and only now have I downloaded the Lent pilgrim 2019 app from the Church of England. Yes, I know that sounds strange, here I am living in Ireland: what am I doing using that? Well, quite simply, it is available and seems to be a sensible thing to do. And I have to do something simple for Lent this year, what with everything else that is going on. This year, Lent Pilgrim is taking us through the Beatitudes. Days 11 to 15 concentrate on Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the … Continue reading Praise and thanksgiving – daily practices for Christians
On Wednesday, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will see the funeral of one of the greatest Prime Ministers of our history unfold from the first movements at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster along the streets of Whitehall in the city of Westminster into the City of London, pausing at St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force where her coffin will be transferred to the gun carriage for the final procession to the Cathedral Church of St Paul, where the Funeral Service will take place. Birth date: … Continue reading A lion’s heart of gold: Baroness Thatcher LG OM FRS 1925 – 2013
Last night, Amnesty International in Northern Ireland hosted their annual Belfast Pride Lecture in Belfast’s Europa Hotel. The exhibition hall was nearly packed to the gunnels; everyone crowding in to hear Patrick Strudwick’s thoughts on “The dangerous world of gay ‘cures’”. In 2010 journalist Patrick Strudwick published “The Ex-Gay Files: The Bizarre World of Gay-to-Straight Conversion” in The Independent, chronicling a year of undercover investigation of therapists claiming to be able to ‘convert’ gays and lesbians to heterosexuality. In some countries, ‘gay conversion therapy’ is used as a form of punishment amounting to torture against gay people. Strudwick’s exposé shone a spotlight … Continue reading Strudwick’s Gay ‘cure’ therapy exposé: was it entrapment?
With Belfast City Council voting in favour of equal rights with regard to marriage in the city of Belfast, it was refreshing to read a statement from the Chaplain of Pembroke College, Oxford: Civil Partnerships and Pembroke College Chapel The Governing Body and chaplain are dedicated to the mission of the chapel as fully including the whole college community, past and present, staff, students, and fellows. Same sex couples are most welcome to approach the chaplain with regard to preparation, celebration, and prayers when entering a Civil Partnership and for continuing support and counsel within their relationship as any other … Continue reading Marriage equality – at step in the right direction in Oxford
Summer Madness is a Christian festival, it boasts of being Ireland’s premier Christian festival on its website. One staff member tells of deeds that suggest some members of staff don’t act in a Christ-like manner. Get your tissues out! Continue reading Summer Madness staff expresses disappointment with Summer Madness
Another one of “those mornings”….. from Fr Peter Thompson Continue reading Another one of “those mornings”….