Letter from the Vicar 1 March 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s as we continue our pilgrimage in Lent. Today our reading from the Gospel recalls the Transfiguration of Jesus. One way of understanding the Transfiguration is that on this occasion Jesus’ divinity shone through his humanity. When we come to Mass we begin spiritually to climb a mountain, as Jesus … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 22 February 2015

Dear Friends, Today we gather for the first Sunday of Lent and I welcome you to S. Michael’s. This date has a particular poignancy for Christchurch, being the fourth anniversary of the earthquakes which devastated our city. In these years much has been accomplished, yet for many people the trauma of that day, and the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 15 February 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today on this last Sunday before Lent begins. Inevitably our thoughts today will be tending towards preparation for Lent. The purpose of Lenten disciplines is to increase our capacity for liturgy as we approach Holy Week and Easter. In those liturgies, which mark the climax of our calendar, we … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 8 February 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Friday was Waitangi Day and in our Mass today we remember and give thanks for the Treaty, and we pray that our nation will continue to grow towards the aspirations of those who signed. There is often a level of tension around Waitangi Day as some Maori air … [Read more…]