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Invisible, Radiant and Prominent – The Newport Rood

At the end of lockdown in 2020, the new Rood was installed at the entrance to the chancel arch. This striking modern work of art by the Singaporean artist Tay Swee Siong, is made from wire and hangs near the … Continue reading

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Reflections at the turning of the year

It’s been quite a year, for us one of great changes. All of us started it in lockdown, we were in the east of England, and we end it with you in Newport with the pandemic showing it still has … Continue reading

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A Prayer Commemorating the Newport Chartists

I have been thinking about the Chartists and their struggle for democracy in the 19th century. Ten are buried in Newport Cathedral grounds. On 4th November 1839, a march walked down Stow Hill in Newport, past what is now Newport … Continue reading

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Blessing Same Sex Relationships

I wish to speak for a moment in favour of the pastoral provision that we have in front of us. And I speak as someone who has been ordained for nearly 30 years. In each place that I have ministered … Continue reading

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Sons of Adam’s responsibility to the daughters of Eve

  For the past few days, every time I have opened my internet browser, with the BBC website as my default home page, I have been presented with the smiling face of a young woman. She looks so bright and … Continue reading

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O Emmanuel – An Advent Reflection for 23rd December

We have come to the end of our Advent journey through the great Antiphons used in these days running up to Christmas. And we end with the greatest of them all, with Emmanuel, God is with us. This is the … Continue reading

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O King of the Nations – An Advent Reflection for 22nd December

Over seven days, in these final days leading up to Christmas, we are thinking about how we understand who Jesus is and his saving work for us. Today we have glitter everywhere. Our visual aid leaves a trail. It is … Continue reading

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O Morning Star – An Advent Reflection for 21st December

We are here again, decorating our tree, putting the finishing touches to it. For the last few days we have been using a symbol of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ as way of reflecting on some ancient texts, antiphons … Continue reading

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O Key of David – An Advent Reflection for 20th December

I have a confession to make today, or perhaps I need to give credit where it is due. The idea for this series of reflections came from the Cathedral’s Keys campaign. I saw these and thought, there’s a visual aid … Continue reading

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O Root of Jesse – An Advent Reflection for 19th December

In these final days of Advent, in the last few days before Christmas, we are continuing our journey through the ancient antiphons for Evening Prayer, the Great Os. Today, on 19th December, we come to ‘O Root of Jesse’. O … Continue reading

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