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God revealed

On 7 January, the Feast of Epiphany, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 72Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

Most churches of the Anglican tradition and many others are named after a saint – its patron saint. On the day when that saint is remembered in the church calendar, the local church celebrates its patronal festival. Many churches are named after local saints who were remembered, and often prayed to, by the local population. Some of these churches were, and may still be, places of pilgrimage.

When it comes to cathedrals, they too are dedicated to a saint. St Peter’s in Rome is very famous, or Notre Dame (Our Lady) in Paris. In England it’s easy to forget the dedication as the cathedrals are usually referred to by where they are situated. Yesterday I was in Wakefield Cathedral (West Yorkshire) for an Epiphany Eucharist. Everyone calls it Wakefield Cathedral, that’s how it’s referred to on its website, but it is in fact the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Wakefield (a bit of a mouthful). Continue reading


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Journey of the Magi

On 8 January we celebrated the Feast of Epiphany. Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 72Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

The sermon began with a reading of T. S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi

T. S. Eliot wrote this poem not long after he had come to a deeper faith and converted to Anglicanism. In it he fleshes out the story of the Magi from Matthew by allowing one Magus to remember the journey.

We get some idea of the difficulties of the journey. The weather was against them; the camels were grumpy and their drivers were even worse; places to stay were hard to come by; the places they passed through were unfriendly and exploitative. Is there any wonder that voices in their ears would suggest the journey was sheer folly?

Eliot is making assumptions in order to write his poem of course, but so do we all the time. With regard to the Magi, we make a whole set of assumptions all built on the flimsiest of evidence and perhaps a wish to fill out the story with a few more details. How do we know that there were three men who made this journey? We assume it from the number of gifts they brought. We often call them kings and give them names but where do they introduce themselves? Continue reading