Figurative Interpretation, Literal Fear

By Tom Smith I have never been better served in my life than when I have had to confront something difficult. We want truth but we dislike pain. However, they are often bound together. The pressure that pain... Read More...

The Waybread of Our Waiting

By Ian Olson  “I am weary, O God,” the compiler of Israel’s wisdom complains, “I am weary, O God, and worn out” (Prov. 30:1), summoning the cavernous fatigue we all experience, perhaps even now, as speech di... Read More...

Remembering the Future

By John Bauerschmidt One of the great themes of Advent is the Lord’s coming in glory at the end of time: the “Second Coming.” In modern lectionaries, the four-Sunday Advent season immediately before Christmas is part of a wider thematic movement that begins... Read More...

Coronavirus and Communion in One Kind

By Drew Nathaniel Keane In response to the continued risks posed by COVID-19, many churches have restricted all communicants except the presider from reception of the sacramental wine. This expedient has bee... Read More...

Daily Mass

By Sam Keyes It took me some time to understand the idea of daily Mass. I knew, back in my time as a Catholic-minded Anglican, that the idea was to have daily Mass. But I also wondered if it might actually b... Read More...

Body, Broken

Violence, Trauma, and the Eucharist Content warning: violence, trauma, abuse. By Hannah King Two years ago my brother died violently. I did not witness the end of his life, but a vision of it was painted in my mind when I first heard the news. My grief ... Read More...

Real Presences: A Thought Experiment

By George Sumner In his influential book The Household of God, Lesslie Newbigin understood the Church in a manner accommodated to the doctrine of the Trinity. The Church hearing and responding to the Word in... Read More...

Against Virtual Communion

By George Sumner Since the rubrics clearly prohibit remotely consecrating bread and wine, the question of virtual communion is not one which could lead to immediate action, which is for the best. We can ther... Read More...