paths of peace

There is a great Cecil Spring Rice poem that is better known for the Gustav Holst music it is often sung to. It is an appropriate anthem for today’s feast of Christ the King since it presents an attractive alternative to the noise of violence that too often fills our lives. It is also a […]

Christ the King

the king, with the crown…of thorns. It’s the last Sunday of the Church year today. In recent weeks the readings of the liturgy have been preparing us for the end times (eschaton) with reminders that there will come a time when all that we can see and touch on earth is no more. Even secular […]

Christ the King

the king, with the crown…of thorns. It’s the last Sunday of the Church year today. In recent weeks the readings of the liturgy have been preparing us for the end times (eschaton) with reminders that there will come a time when all that we can see and touch on earth is no more. Even secular […]

Xt. the Kg. prep.

If you are preparing to preach this coming Sunday for the feast of Christ the King you might find these thoughts helpful. In 1925 Pope Pius XI spoke strongly against secularism. The secularist wave then (as now), promotes worldly achievement and wealth as the ultimate human success. Following the difficult years of World War I, the 1920’s […]

faces of faithfest

More Faithfest photos here from Peter Fleming. If you were there, the chances are you will see yourself in at least one of these pictures. The pics are a mix from different moments of the day, some from the Mass, others from the Choral festival. Photos of the cultural festival to come tomorrow. The programme for […]

Bishop’s Faithfest homily

Thanks to Bishop Barry Jones for providing “food for faith” with this copy of his homily delivered at yesterday at the Faithfest Mass in the CBS Arena, Christchurch. Everywhere, today, the Catholic Church will be honouring Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. It is the conclusion of the Church year. There are processions and […]

ChCh Diocese Faithfest

Today the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch celebrated the end of the Year of Faith. These images from this morning’s Mass celebrating the Feast of Christ the King speak more vividly than words could. As more photos become available I will upload them. Thanks to John Saywell for these photos.

soul by soul and silently

There is a great Cecil Spring Rice poem that is better known for the Gustav Holst music it is often sung to. It is an appropriate anthem for today’s feast of Christ the King. Take a moment before listening to the hymn, to reflect on the poem. The first two verses, (especially the second) presents an earthly kingdom – […]

our maker is our monarch

What image enters your mind when you think of Christ as King? I find it hard to get beyond the trappings of contemporary royalty: wealth, glamour, and image. I’d have to add the image I have of royals doing little except ‘looking royal’. This scene is far from the reality of the feast we celebrate […]

 
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