The Cathedral Connection 16 February 2020

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Ecumenism and our Neighbours

This year the Parish Council is supporting a stronger relationship with our friends at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. We have enjoyed a good relationship with St Paul’s for many years and our two congregations have met together for many joint services, the imposition of the ashes on Ash Wednesday, to give one example. In 2020, there will be opportunities for us to meet more often.

So, who are Anglicans and how are we similar? Anglicans are Christians who have bishops and dioceses, like us. If you went to an Anglican eucharist, you might not notice much difference. The Kyrie eleison and Nicene Creed are the same. The communion rite is materially different, but mostly the words on the page rather than the celebration. If you went to Evensong (equivalent of our Vespers and Complan combined) i.e., you might notice that you pray for the Queen. There are some important doctrinal differences, but Anglicans like Catholics believe that salvation comes to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and as an expression of the Father’s grace.

So, what is there to learn? I suggest that we can learn a lot from each other. Some Catholics may benefit from Anglicanism’s focus on the scriptures. Anglicans might enjoy our rich practice of prayer and meditation. That is not of course to say that we do not read the bible and they do not spend time in prayer.

As we think of Ecumenism and our aspiration for unity among Christians, I invite you to meet our neighbours a bit more this year. We will keep you posted.

Nicholas Burley
Parish Council Member

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