Are All Church Blessings ‘Orthodox’?

Please access the above link to the website of Fr. Kelvin Holdsworth, Dean of Glasgow.

Alive and active in an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand; where the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection – which came alongside our parish mourning the death of a much-loved Vicar, Father Andrew Starky – has been received with a mixture of Grief and Joy; it is good to know that, somewhere in the worldwide Anglican Communion there is evidence of a lively spirit of rejoicing in adversity. (see above link).

We, here in Christchurch, have also just celebrated the remembrance of our ANZAC troops who died at Gallipoli and other theatres of war – an occasion of respectful remembrance of all those men and women who have answered the call for the defence of freedom from despotism and discrimination against ethnic differences. Sadly, this occasion has been somewhat highjacked by those non-combatants who have chosen to use it for political ends to criticise the Allied commanders for their strategic mismanagement.  One can have a yearning for peace, while yet entertaining a respect for our war dead. At least they did not stand by while their fellow human beings were suffering devastation! Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord. May light perpetual shine upon them!

Fr.Kelvin’s delightful parody here of the Church of England’s quaint tradition of ‘Blessing the Asparagus’ is a cutting reference to the Church of England’s unwillingness to bless faithful, committed same-sex relationships; while yet continuing to observe the culture of the liturgical observance of blessing warships; buildings and, yes, ASPARAGUS

Christ is Risen, Alleluia! He is Risen indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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