Holy Thursday

On Monday afternoon I celebrated the Passover with out First Communicants in their classroom. We had lamb and unleavened bread, Shloer for red wine, mint, horseradish and sweet apple chutney, parsley and salt water, hats to cover our heads and candles for our Passover table. Its was a lovely joyful celebration and the children who […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported to Parliament his week that the Houses of Parliament are falling down. And I’m not referring here to Chinese consultation fees or MPs expenses. But to the bricks and mortar the very fabric and structural integrity of the building, and if remedial work is not […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons reported to Parliament his week that the Houses of Parliament are falling down. And I’m not referring here to Chinese consultation fees or MPs expenses. But to the bricks and mortar the very fabric and structural integrity of the building, and if remedial work is not […]

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Midnight Mass

This evening our hearts cannot be but bruised and broken, as we think of the events that unfolded in George Square on Monday afternoon. Perhaps like many of you, my first reaction on hearing the news was to make sure my own family was safe. My nephew was only a street away, shopping in Buchanan […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Yr B

One of the great scenes of Western Art is the depiction of the Annunciation. All the great artists have painted this scene, often numerous times; among them Michelangelo and Leonardo, Botticelli and Caravaggio. They all painted this sacred and unique moment in salvation history when Mary said yes to God. In fact, one of the […]

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Third Sunday of Advent B

These days we live in are short dark winter days. The poet John Betjeman puts it this way: The Advent wind begins to stir, With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir,
 It’s dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see
Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry.
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Second Sunday of Advent B

My mother asked me the other day what I want for Christmas! And before I could answer she said “And don’t say a bike.” This is a reference to one Christmas as a child when I pleaded for a Rally Chopper and didn’t get one. Not because they too tight to get me one but […]

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First Sunday Of Advent Year B

Being on the alert is part and parcel of modern life today. In airports and train stations we are continually reminded of the need to be alert to possible danger, to be on look out for suspicious packages and unattended luggage. While the police tell us to be alert and cautious when giving out our […]

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Christ the King

This weekend is being marked, as the 23rd anniversary of the martyrdom in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests. In the early hours of the 16th of November 1989 the Jesuits were dragged out of their beds by a detachment of soldiers and murdered in cold blood together with their house-keeper and her 15 year-old […]

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Thirty-Third Sunday Yr A

The centenary of World War I has been marked by many events, among them the remarkable display of poppies at the Tower of London. Over 800,000 blood red ceramic poppies have been planted there, one for each life lost. By the time the poppies are taken down and dispersed it is expected that nearly four […]

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