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Holy Week and the Triduum

Bookends and in Between

And here we are at Holy week again! The week that commemorates the last eight days of Jesus’ life. Somehow, this sacred time fits well into the seasons of both the northern and southern hemispheres when new life is happening…

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Peace and Happiness from Rev Helen Easter KY

Peace and Happiness this Easter Season!

Dear St. Raphaelites and Friends! I’m writing this before Holy week and the journey of the Triduum through to Easter Sunday, the feast of Christ’s resurrection, has not yet happened! I learnt in Durham last year that the Venerable Bede,…

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Lent: Expectation and Renewal

Lenten Message from Rev. Helen

Dear beloved community, Well, here we are again at the Ash Wednesday kick off a two-season cycle: the 40 days of Lent & the 50 days of Easter. It is a cycle of reflection and reliving Jesus’ journey toward his…

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Walking in Faith

Seeing and believing, walking in faith

We are now entering the longest season of the year: Pentecost. The season of discipleship – of learning and growth, seeing and believing, walking in faith. Right through to Christ the King on November 20. The lectionary readings follow a…

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Easter The Feast of Christ's Resurrection

Easter: The Feast of Christ’s Resurrection

Easter: the feast of Christ's resurrection. The early church overlaid traditional religious customs as Christianity moved through North Africa to Europe and around the world, reinterpreting those customs in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Bede,…

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Lent at St. Raphael Church

Lent is all about the journey

Friends, We are doing something new: adjusting our Herald to reflect the Church Seasons rather than the calendar month. Trying something new can often lead us to new insight and focus, and that’s what we hope will be possible with…

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