Just over a week ago, I was in Jerusalem attending a magma, which is the synod of the diocese of Jerusalem. But this was unlike any synod in the UK because the diocese of Jerusalem takes in Israel, Palestine (including Gaza), Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The magma, the synod, received apologies from its members in Syria, for obvious reasons they could not manage it.
- Some years ago I visited the French town of Verdun, scene of some of the bitterest battles in the first world war. It was from the battles around Verdun that the unknown soldier, buried at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was selected.
- ‘Inspire a generation.’ That’s been the strapline of the Olympic and Paralympic games. And they have gripped the country in such a positive way over the summer. My family and I watched the Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium one evening and I was deeply inspired by what I saw and experienced.......and the Church can learn an enormous amount from what’s been happening over the summer.
- Twentieth century historian Stanley Bindoff wrote that the King James’ Bible (KJV), the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and Hymns Ancient and Modern (A&M) formed a ‘splendid, trilogy with which the Anglican Church has endowed the English speaking world.’ Last year was the four hundredth anniversary of the KJV and one hundred and fiftieth of Hymns A&M.
- 'Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!' These words are echoing today in many churches, in many congregations, in many languages throughout the world as we greet the risen Christ on this most special of festivals.
- I am sure that many here would have had the experience of visiting a city or shopping centre with family or friends, deciding that each should go their own way and to rendez-vous at a meeting place at an agreed time. However, on turning up at what one thought was an agreed time and place, discovering that nobody else was there.