The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life


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Alleluia!!

As genuine Anglican Christians, we observe many of the ways of the offline church, with some slight adjustments at times because of our context. One of the traditions is that in Lent, there are no flowers in the church and that in services the word Alleluia is not used. In the cathedral and chapel services on Epiphany Island, we do the same. Many of us feel the lack of Alleluias to be a great sacrifice and long for their return. At our Easter Vigil, we enjoy the first use of Alleluia for six and a half weeks. Then on Easter Sunday we have many more. The atmosphere of celebration is so great that we need more than just Alleluias said, shouted and gestured. We usually have fireworks to complete our celebration, courtesy of Ana our churchwarden. This year Ana excelled herself. Fireworks went off in the Cathedral at various points in the service as well as at the end when we had completed our service at the Garden Tomb.

To give you some idea of the effect, here are some photos taken by Celberon.

The cathedral on Easter Day.

The fireworks begin!

The service has ended – coloured particles begin to appear.

The display becomes more dazzling.

The view of our celebration from a distance.

 

 

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Individuals matter

On 16 April, Easter Day, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 118.14-24Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18.

After six and a half weeks of introspection and somewhat sombre readings in our services, after special services in which we retold the events of what had become the inevitable end of Jesus’ earthly life, today we celebrate.

Jesus died and rose again, defeating death. The tomb could not hold him, death was denied victory. Though for a while it seemed to have won, evil did not triumph. Today we say Alleluia! Today we rejoice in our freedom from condemnation as a result of sin. We are celebrating the wonderful action of God in Christ which has brought about our reconciliation to God. Today we recall what Peter told to those gathered in Cornelius’ house: “In every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to God.” And, “Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Continue reading


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That we may come to believe

On 3 April, the Second Sunday of Easter, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 150, Acts 5:27-32,  John 20:19-31.

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.” John even says it later at the very end of his Gospel: “But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” I read these words and I wonder why John didn’t at least give the task a try. How can he tantalise like this, saying that there’s a whole lot more to the story and then keeping it to himself? I want to read the missing bits, I want to know all the extra things that Jesus did, I want a blow by blow account of every miracle, every piece of teaching, every confrontation, every journey of Jesus. But I am denied that. However, John says that what he has written is there to allow us, his readers, to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and to have life in his name as a result.

Despite my frustrations, which you may share, John obviously thinks he has given enough of the story of Jesus to achieve what he set out to do. John’s gospel seems to be the one that has been the most carefully structured to bring about the desired teaching. It’s John who builds much of what he writes around the seven ‘I am’ statements of Jesus, where he effectively uses the name that God uses for himself and so declares that he is the Son of God. John is a careful and thoughtful editor of the vast amount of material at his disposal. He chose to include this story about the disciples meeting Jesus in a locked house on two occasions. These are among the signs that are written so that we may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. Continue reading


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Individual differences

On 5th April 2015, Easter Day, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 118:1-2, 14-21, Isaiah 25:6-9, Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18.

When I was training to be a teacher, one of our first psychology lectures centred on ‘individual differences’. You might think it’s pretty obvious that individuals differ one from another and hardly needs anyone to lecture about this. However, it’s all too easy to take a group of children who have been allocated to the same class in school and treat them all alike. What my lecturer was pointing out that this approach, though simple, is inadequate to achieve learning for the whole group. Continue reading


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Holy Week and Easter Services 2015

Several of these services need readers. If you can help please contact me. All are welcome to attend. All times are Second Life Time.

  • Palm Sunday 29 March

Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon – Palm Procession and Passion Sunday. I need up to 14 readers, though we can double up on small parts. Jesus and the narrator are big parts.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 30, 31 March, 1 April

Midnight and noon  in the chapel.

  • Maundy/Holy Thursday 2 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon in the Cathedral – 7 readers needed.

  • Good Friday 3 April

Midnight in the chapel.

6am Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral. I would be happy to have one or two readers share the meditations with me.

Noon Tenebrae (A service of shadows) in the Cathedral. 6 readers needed.

  • Holy Saturday 4 April

Midnight in the chapel.

Noon Easter vigil in the Cathedral  – 6 readers needed.

  • Easter Day 5 April

NO BIBLE STUDY

Midnight, 6pm in the chapel

Noon in the Cathedral – 2 readers needed.


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Services for Holy Week and Easter 2013

Here is a list of the services we will be holding over the week from Palm Sunday on 24th March until Easter Sunday on 31st March. The times are complicated a little this year by the fact that Daylight Saving Time begins in the UK and Europe in the early hours of Sunday 31st March. Please note the times very carefully, all given in SLT.

Palm Sunday 24th March

Morning Prayer               Midnight E0485

Bible Study                        11.30am

Cathedral Service           1pm

Compline                            6pm

 

Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th March

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Evening Prayer                1pm

Cathedral Worship         3pm (Wednesday only)

Maundy Thursday 28th March

E0476Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Evening Prayer                1pm

Cathedral Service           3pm

 

 

 

Good Friday 29th MarchE0472

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Stations of the Cross       6am

Evening Prayer               1pm

Tenebrae                            3pm

 

 

Holy Saturday 30th March

E0463Morning Prayer               Midnight

Meditative service          6am

Evening Prayer               1pm

Easter Vigil                       3pm

 

 

Easter Sunday 31st MarchE0464

Morning Prayer               Midnight

Prayer During the Day  6am

Cathedral service            Noon

Compline                           6pm


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Conversation and Cake #2

Refreshments provided by Cady to help the conversation

Here, rather late I’m afraid, is the report on our last Conversation and Cake get together on Sunday 15 April.

At the last conversation we had talked about finance. At the time of this meeting it was apparent that we will not meet our target in order to pay the tier for the year 2012-2013 which falls due in May. We are probably short of about $1000. The target seen in world has been high because we set a budget to try to provide for the future and to account for increases in prices. As things stand, we will not have raised what we actually need, with no contingency built in. The way to manage is to borrow some money effectively from the months to come but that means that by this time next year we will need to have raised the tier for the year plus the $1000 borrowed. When we consider that in September 2010 Linden Lab suddenly doubled the tier we had to find, I think we did very well as a community to collect what we needed. It has been quite a difference to adapt to. We really appreciate all the generous donations we receive.

Our current source of income is donations. As we have not yet been able to fulfill our hope to become a charity, we cannot apply for grants or claim tax rebates as can be done in some countries. It was suggested that a church seeing us as a mission extension would be good. I have followed up two contacts which members of our community have suggested but so far had no response. It would be wonderful to work with RL churches, providing their members with all that we enjoy in addition to RL church.  Continue reading