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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Passion tide

"Fling wide the gates,
For the Saviour waits to tread in His royal way
He has come from above in His power and love, to die on this Passion day.
Fling wide the gates!
The Saviour waits......."

Stainer's Crucifixion Oratorio is a well loved meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer but this Passiontide has seen other manifestations of passion in the Church.

Take this headline from Changing Attitudes: "The Church of England enters a new era – married gay clergy are the new reality". Fling wide the gates indeed.

Perhaps we should no longer be surprised to read "The Passion of Christ" is banned by Oxford City Council in the mistaken belief that it was a live sex show! 


  1. I bet ++ Barry can't wait for the first gay priest to ' wed ' in the new Protestant Church of Wales!

    1. His ++Darkness would probably insist on being the celebrant and offer the free use of his bankrupt Cathedral, inviting all his happy Mardi Gras friends for good measure.

    2. See the comment by Neville Stephenson @ 7:50pm here it would appear that ++Darkness is already blessing same sex unions. Is there an official Church in Wales rite for this? Has this been discussed by the Governing Body?