Category Archives: Advent

George Herbert’s Second Sonnet on Love

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Eight: Tuesday after the Second Sunday of Advent Love (II) Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flameAttract the lesser to it; let those firesWhich shall consume the world first make it tame,And kindle in … Continue reading

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Herbert’s Sonnet “Love (1)”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Seven: Monday after the Second Sunday of Advent Love (I) Immortal Love, author of this great frame,Sprung from that beauty which can never fade,How hath man parcel’d out thy glorious name,And thrown it on … Continue reading

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Herbert’s Anthropology: A Celebration of the Human Being

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Six: Saturday after the First Sunday of Advent Man My God, I heard this dayThat none doth build a stately habitationBut he that means to dwell therein.What house more stately hath there been,Or can … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: “Heaven”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Five: Friday after the First Sunday of Advent Heaven O who will show me those delights on high?                            Echo.     … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: George Herbert’s “Judgement”

An Advent Retreat with George HerbertDay Four: Thursday after the First Sunday of Advent In some ways the picture above would go better with yesterday’s poem, but Judgement follows on from Dooms-day, and in some respects are the same. The … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: “Dooms-day”

An Advent Retreat with George Herbert:Day Three: Wednesday after the First Sunday of Advent As I look at the detail above what strikes me, apart from the whimsy in the depiction of the demons and scary beasties, is how so … Continue reading

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Four Last Things: Death

An Advent Retreat with George Herbert:Tuesday after the First Sunday of AdventDay Two In Medieval Catholic teaching, and subsequent Anglo-Catholic Anglicanism and pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, Advent was associated with the Four Last Things, namely Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. … Continue reading

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A Slave of God?

A Sermon Preached on the First Sunday of AdventNovember 28, 2021, at 11:00 amat The Anglican Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, Crete.The sermon was interrupted by a stray dog just as I was reaching the conclusion. This is … Continue reading

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An Advent Retreat with George Herbert

Some of you may recall that in Lent 2019 I did a blog series on the poems of George Herbert, one a day during the forty days (not including the Sundays in Lent). I would like to do this again … Continue reading

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Through Advent With The Apocalypse: 24/12 – (26) Behold, The Lamb of God!

This Advent, in the Year of the Great Pandemic 2020, it seems appropriate to look at The Apocalypse – that is, The Revelation of John. This is the last of twenty-six short reflections. Tomorrow is Christmas Day, in which we … Continue reading

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