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All Saints Day
November 7, 2021

Observing The Festival of All Saints

I was challenged this week, through the work of political philosopher Hannah Arendt, to con- sider hope as something that is negative to people because it is a fundamentally passive thing where one looks to the future for some sort of help and renders the person helpless and thus less inclined or even incapable of […]

November 4, 2018

Observing All Saints Day

What songs should we sing at funerals? What lyrics capture best the situation of the dead and those grieving? Music and song so powerfully ‘reach’ us that, I imagine, they have always had a place in dealing with death – chords and concepts carry us along the emotional roller coaster; the words set out the […]

November 5, 2017

Observing All Saints Day

Sitting in Westminster Abbey for the 500th anniversary service of the Reformation I was close to the lectern on my right and could see the dignitaries next to the pulpit but to see the altar I needed to look at a monitor to my left. It meant that I listened (!) but I was turning […]

November 1, 2015

All Saints’ Day

As part of the follow-up from my trip to Israel and Palestine last April, I met yesterday at Cov-entry Cathedral with my fellow travellers. We are definitely an ecumenical group (I did say that it was nice that we were all together on the 498th anniversary of the Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses!) with […]

November 3, 2013

Observing All Saints Day

In writing the sermon I thought of the idea that we are not isolated, independent. (No man is an island …) So I went hunting and found this meditation by John Donne who wrote it when ill. Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls […]