Dogura Cathedral PNG – St George’s has many connections to PNG and Dogura is one place where some of our members have worked.

We are including some link suggestions each week in our Plague Rag.

Online Resources 19 April

It’s been heartening to receive queries from so many of you regarding the daily prayer apps we recommended last week – please keep up the good work, they say it takes at least three weeks to develop a new habit!  

In recognition of Low Sunday, this week we’re recommending some websites on liturgical art and architecture to relax with.  These are all traditional, and in a few weeks we’ll offer some contemporary options.  Next Sunday there will be a focus on mission/aid activities in PNG and the Solomon Islands, which have long been of interest to Australian Anglicans and to which St Georges has many ties.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing these resources, please contact Tim Hender at timothy.hender@mac.com.

Davis D’Ambly is an Australian living in Philadelphia and has a been a friend of St George’s for several decades – you will recognise some recent work for us under ‘wood carvings’.  As you can see, Davis’ style is well suited to the English Gothic style of our church and he works very well with timber, something we have been bequeathed from earlier generations. https://www.liturgicalartist.com/about.php

Liturgical Arts Journal.  When designing altars, go for Baroque!  Perhaps a little too ornate for many people’s tastes, this is the number one source for trad Roman Catholics.  Fascinating recent posts on portable altars for the Corona Era, historic pieces and before-and-after church renovations.  https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com

C F A Voysey.  Did you know that our church and fittings were influenced by the work of Charles Voysey, the prominent English Arts and Craft architect and furniture and textile designer?  Following is a link to the Voysey Society, but simply googling ‘CFA Voysey’ and clicking on ‘images’ will also be rewarding. https://www.voyseysociety.org/index.html

Online Resources 12 April

Today we’ll look at three smart phone and/or iPhone apps for the Daily Offices. For many of us, this is a great time to develop new habits – such as turning to God on a regular basis!

It seems that church marketing people have limited imaginations when it comes to naming apps! I’ve included some pictures to make it a little clearer.

If you’re having any difficulty accessing these resources, please contact Tim Hender at timothy.hender@mac.com.

Church of England Daily Prayer lets you follow the daily pattern of morning, evening and night prayer in the words of the Anglican liturgy and as part of the rhythm of prayer followed by Christians across the globe.

The app provides an easy to use tool for using both the current prayer book and the Book of Common Prayer and it offers the text of the offices, collects and bible readings for all three offices and for every day of the year. This is the prayer cycle, structure and language that we use morning and evening in the St George’s oratory and is used by Fr Scott.

It’s very easy to use.  The next prayer for the day – morning, evening or compline – appears the moment you open the app, and impressively it’s for your time zone, not just the UK.  The psalms and bible readings for the day are included within the text, so there’s no need to move back and forth looking for different parts.  For those wanting to following the time-honoured Anglican prayer cycle, this is hard to fault.

My only wish is that I could recommend something similar from the Anglican Church of Australia, but it’s subscription only!

Laudate combines a vast number of Roman Catholic religious resources into a single app, giving you instant access to everything you could need, from the daily offices to prayers, rosaries, confession prompts and more. You can scroll through these and find anything you need with the tap of a finger, set bookmarks in any of the files (accessible from a separate bookmark menu), or read through the different versions of the Bible. 

This app is very useful for those practicing a catholic spirituality in addition to the daily offices – such as saying the rosary or remembering the saints (both very worthwhile!).  My only reservation is that it has a bewildering choice of options (for example, 8 different daily offices and maybe hundreds of specific prayers), but they are infinitely customisable for the experienced. Laudate is a favourite of many in the parish and you should check it out.

Daily Prayer describes itself as ‘a beautiful, ad free, experiential app designed to develop long lasting spiritual rhythms of prayer and scripture reading’.  Well, it seems that most of these apps are ad free, but there’s no doubt that the interface is clean, elegant and a delight to use. Whereas the CofE app is essentially the prayer book squeezed onto a phone screen, the designers behind Daily Prayer recognise that they are working in a different medium and respond brilliantly.  It’s simple to use – it’s only for the daily office and there’s no distractions.  Each office is a little shorter than those in the prayer books (a good thing for the beginner!) and is easily followed through a series of left swipes and single clicks to bible texts that are within the app and formatted for easy reading. And did I say it’s beautiful to look at and use?

A point of differentiation is that this app can send you notifications prompting you to pray up to four times a day – but fewer reminders can be chosen, or none at all.

I never thought that I’d switch from a prayer book to online worship.  I may have been convinced! If you don’t feel the need to follow the formal structure of the CofE app, but are seeking a firmly Anglican approach, this is well and truly worth a look.

At St George’s we put out a few handouts regularly about news in the wider church and society. It keeps us informed and helps us develop the faith. They reflect a variety of opinions, and some you (as I do) may disagreed with: but that’s healthy.  Many of these come from current articles on line. Here are a few:

Here is a article about the Isenheim Crucifixtion, a famous medieval painting.

Here is a Lenten reflection.

Here is an article about the rebuilding of a Christian town in the plains of Iraq.

Here is a reflection on China’s underground churches.

Here is a reflection on praying before the blessed sacrament.

Here is a article about the date of Christmas

Here is a discussion on what limbo means.

Here is a reflection on the stresses within the Anglican Communion by the Dean of St Paul’s, London.

Here is a reflection on liturgy.

Here is a reflection on teaching children about death.

Here is a reflection on one of the martyrs of the 20th C, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a Jewish woman who converted and became a nun, and died in the concentration camps of Germany owing to her Jewish background.

Here is a report about the Egyptian government now authorising the building of churches.

Here is a report about the Christians in Iraq and their forced decline.

Here is a reflection on the canonisation of John Henry Newman from Anglicans Online.

Here is an article on the returned Christians in Mosul, in Iraq.

Here is a reflection about those Anglicans who have left the Church.

Here is a reflection on the life of Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche.

Here is a reflection on the feast of the Cluny Abbots.

Here is a link reflecting on changing times.

Here is a link about the bombing in Sri Lanka.

Here is a link about one young man’s life in Aleppo in Syria.

Here is a link about Archbishop Janani Luwum’s family and Idi Amin’s kinsmen reconciling on 42nd anniversary of his martyrdom.

Here is a link about Epipahny in Greece from Eureka Street magazine.

Here is a link about the rebuilding of Christian homes near Ninevah, Iraq.

Here is a link looking at the tie between Calvinism and the Christian right.

Here is a link about the split in the Orthodox church in Russia and the Ukraine.

Here is a link to a reflection on the 100 anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Here is a link to some thoughts on the 100th anniversary of world War 1.

Here is a link about the joint Orthodox Anglican agreed statement on the Holy Spirit

Here is a link to an opinion about the problems for the next 2020 Lambeth conference.

Here is a youtube link to a promotion to consider training for the ministry.

Here is a link to an article in the Church Times called “Keeping the Catholic Flame Burning.”

Here is a link to a story about the rise in young people seeking ordination in England.

Here is a link to the importance of liturgical art.

Here is a link to an article in the Church Times about the latest statement by ARCIC III

Here is a reflection on the Infant of Prague.

Here is a link to a report about the Church of England’s plan to build more churches.

Here is a link to a relection about mission and the ministry of the Anglo-Saxon saints.

Here is a link to an interview given by the Burmese Cardinal Bo about the situation in Burma and the recent visit by the pope.

Here is a link to a Benedictine reflection on tiredness.

Here is a link about escaping holding hands in a prayer circle.

Here is an article from the Church times about the problems in London aver the musician’s church

Here is an article looking at the history of the Anglican Church if it is Protestant or Catholic.

Here is an article about childlessness and how too often the church does not reach out to those marginalised.

Here is a link ot an article “Can Anglo Catholic churches grow?”

Here is a link to a short discussion about Atonement theories by Ben Pugh – a easy to read good introduction.