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The Eucharistic Prayer

‘Hoc Est’ © Elizabeth Wang 1992

You are a researcher sent from the planet Zog with special responsibility for studying human religions. You have noticed that every day (and especially on Sundays) millions of humans gather around a text and some food stuffs. (more…)

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“We think of prayer as something we do for God whereas prayer is essentially a gift. Prayer is intimacy with God and it is God who offers this intimacy. We respond. There is only one Christian prayer and that is Jesus, the New and Eternal Covenant, the union in person of God and man. All Christian prayer is essentially through him, with him and in him.” – Sr. Ruth Burrows, (2011), Love Unknown, Continuum

Thought for the Week 30/04/2012

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

This Sunday, the lectionary presents us with the much loved image Jesus gives of himself as the Good Shepherd who gives his life for his sheep. (John 10:11-18) This image has inspired many works of art, music and poetry, and many Christians throughout the centuries have drawn great joy and comfort from it. For quite a long time, it was one of my favourite images of Christ.

Maybe this is a good opportunity to reflect on what your favourite image of Jesus (or of God) is. Who is Jesus, who is God for you? Is he a friend, a parent, a role model? Or maybe rather a bit like a strict judge? The question matters, because the image we have of God (and of Jesus), hugely influences not only the way we pray and read scripture, but also the way that we relate to ourselves, to others and to the world around us.

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“God comes through the human- and we don’t like that. We like God to come as our idea of God.” – Sr. Ruth Burrows

Thought for the Week 05/11/2011

From Libby Holderness, Chaplaincy Administrator:

I have a problem with drinking. A long-term health condition means that my body is fantastic at retaining water, so I often find myself almost full with liquid for quite long periods of time, and strange as it may sound ‘forget to drink’. (more…)

Psalms and Praying with Scripture

Depiction of Gregorian Chant from an illuminated manuscript

We took our starting point this time from the Psalter, the book of Psalms in the middle of the Old Testament. But through exploring its relevance to Christians we learned a method we can use today for praying using Scripture in general. (more…)

Thought for the Week 14/11/2011

From Edmund Burke, Quaker Chaplain:

Recently one of our Taizé friends gave us a little book, a collection of pictures of Brother Roger in his later years, among the familiar Taizé scenes, and interspersed with a brief anthology of his reflections and prayers. (more…)

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