Category: saints

Earlier this year we realised that sometime around now we must be posting the 3000th Morning Bell! We began sending it out as a text message in 2008, converting it in 2012 into a visual image. In the next few months we’ll be returning to some of our earlier visual series, and sharing some vintage Morning Bells. Thank you for traveling with us, whatever the point […]

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In this series of Morning Bell we are returning to the English mystic Julian of Norwich (1342 – 1423) and to a series of revelations (or ‘showings’) that she received on 13 May 1373. Mother Julian lived in a demanding time of uncertainty, and her insights come to us now with particular clarity, challenge and reassurance. For above all, as she wrote at the […]

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  This series of Morning Bell begins on 15 August and marks the Church’s love and respect for Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Hail Mary is a prayer at the heart of devotion to her. The prayer is rooted in scripture – echoing words spoken to Mary by the angel Gabriel and then by her cousin […]

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  This Morning Bell series explores one of the letters of St Clare of Assisi (1193/4 – 1263) whose life and example we celebrate on 11 August. In her letter to (the fabulously-named) Ermentrude of Brussels, who founded several monasteries in Flanders, Clare encouraged Ermentrude to remain faithful to her calling, and to ‘love God and […]

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  ‘I strike a match, bring the flame to the candle, watch it take. I kiss the icon. A kiss of greeting, recognition, humility, affection and yes, of love. And then a pause. How natural, how earthy, how good this seems. This practice of the Orthodox church has become part of my life. I’m an […]

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  This series of Morning Bell explores the theme of love. For this series we are pondering and re-mixing lines from St Paul’s famous meditation on love in his letter to the church in Corinth (chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians). He begins by suggesting that without love all our best efforts are worthless (If I do not have love […]

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  The Prologue is a new series of Morning Bell for the start of Advent and for the beginning of a new Church year. In this series we are simply offering text from the wonderful Prologue to John’s Gospel. John probably wrote his Gospel in old age, many years after his experience as a young man of being one of the disciples […]

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  This series of Morning Bell become as saints marks the festival of All Saints. In this season we honour those widely recognised as great saints of the Jesus tradition. Equally importantly we remember all those who have sought to follow the Christ in the past and all who continue to do so now – […]

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  This new series of Morning Bell is a journey into prayer and the spiritual life with St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), founder of the Discalced Carmelites, whose life we celebrate each October 15. The sayings in the series are taken from her own account of her story: the Life of Teresa of Jesus. We are […]

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