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Anglican Vicars Threaten to Defy Gay Marriage Ban

Vicars are threatening to bypass the ban on same-sex weddings in the Church of England by blessing homosexual marriages performed in other churches.

Of course they would… The Telegraph has more.

 

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Some More Ordinations

For those curious. Not so long ago, we had Ordinations at Christ the King, in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. A second lot of Ordinations took place yesterday at All Saints Pro-Cathedral, Seshego, which is in the Limpopo Province. This photo was sent in and I share it with great joy:

Ordination All Saints Seshego 137

Yes, Africa is a BIG place!

Our Lord Jesus so rightly say,

He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.

– St Matthew 12:20

So, instead of doing the Devil’s bidding, in your charity, why not join us in love and support? And please do travail in prayer, as we are about the Lord’s work – the harvest is indeed plentiful (Luke 10:2). Here’s a prayer, authoured by the anti-apartheid hero, Rev Trevor Huddleston, which you may wish to use:

God Bless Africa;
Guard her children;
Guide her leaders
And give her peace, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

– Amen.

 

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Names of Sandy Hook School Shooting Dead

Death by gunshot wounds.

Of the children killed, all were either 6 or 7 years old – 12 girls and 08 boys. The adults ranged in ages from 27 to 56, and included the school’s principal, psychologist and at least two teachers.

State police released the victims’ names and ages.

The victims were identified as:

They were killed before the shooter apparently turned the gun on himself. This is the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.

Their photos are here.

RIP.

Lord have mercy…

 

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Gaudete Sunday

 … is the third Sunday of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Lutheran Churches, and other mainline Protestant churches. It can fall on any date from 11 December to 17 December.

On Gaudete Sunday rose-coloured vestments may be worn instead of violet, (or in the Anglican tradition and some Lutheran traditions, Sarum blue) which is otherwise prescribed for every day in the season of Advent. This tradition, previously informally observed in the Anglican Church… In churches which have an Advent wreath, the rose coloured candle is lit in addition to two of the violet (or blue) coloured candles, which represent the first two Sundays of Advent. Despite the otherwise somber readings of the season of Advent, which has as a secondary theme the need for penitence, the readings on the third Sunday emphasize the joyous anticipation of the Lord’s coming.

Wikipedia

And a Collect:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.