Alton Abbey Incense – a review | Father Richard Peers

Alton Abbey Incense is available online HERE.

We are having an extension built at St James House, the diocesan office in Liverpool, mainly to accommodate the needs of the (excellent) St Mellitus Training College. My office is right at the point where the new building meets the old so has been out of use for a while. Taking advantage of this I have been holding one-to-one meetings at Leaf, my favourite place for tea on Bold Street in Liverpool. Bold Street has just a residue of Bohemian spirit, as the Albert Road in Southsea did when I lived there, and Camden Market in London. Bold Street…

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Behold: sermon for Lent 5 | Father Richard Peers

St Agnes, Ullet Road, Liverpool, 18 March, 2018, Lent 5 (B)

Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15, Hebrews 5:7-9, John 12:20-33

[While it is my own work, in this sermon I owe an immense debt to the writing of hermit-sister Martha Reeves, who publishes under the name Maggie Ross. In particular the following books:

Silence: A User’s Guide (2 volumes, Process and Application, notably the final chapter of volume 2)

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding]

From the Gospel for today, the disciples tell us what they want:

“We want to see Jesus.”

From the first…

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Why you should see the film Black Panther | Father Richard Peers

One of the images I like from leadership/management courses I’ve attended is that of a beach ball. It is divided, like an inflatable beach ball into segments of different colours. It is a good analogy for belonging to any institution. Like a planet, we can stand on our segment and imagine that the whole world, the whole ball is red, or blue, or whatever, never knowing that all the other people think the whole world, the whole ball, is the colour they stand on. In a school, senior staff can imagine that the whole school is wonderful, or terrible, or unhappy or whatever. It’s hard to tell truth…

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Serious Christianity – The Solitary Life | Father Richard Peers

When Justin Welby became Archbishop of Canterbury he set himself three priorities:

1 The renewal of prayer and the Religious Life

2 Reconciliation

3 Evangelism and witness

Just as with other institutionalised charisms in the church it can look as if the Religious Life is in terminal decline. It seems to be the case that it is extremely hard, if not impossible, for new growth to emerge from the old institutions, at least until they have broken down sufficiently. No resurrection without death.

Yesterday I spent a day with eight women who are living out the call they have received to…

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Prayers for Lent: Litany of Humility | Father Richard Peers

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…

From the desire of being extolled …

From the desire of being honored …

From the desire of being praised …

From the desire of being preferred to others…

From the desire of being consulted …

From the desire of being approved …

From the fear of being humiliated …

From the fear of being despised…

From the fear of suffering rebukes …

From the fear of being calumniated …

From the fear of being forgotten …

From the fear of being ridiculed …

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There is no Lent without Fasting: Fasting the Mother of Prayer | Father Richard Peers

There is no Lent without fasting.

Alexander Schmemann


O may our inmost hearts be pure,
From thoughts of folly kept secure,
And pride of sinful flesh subdued
Through sparing use of daily food.

Hymn at Prime, daily through the year


In the fasting and privation of Lent,

teach us, Lord God,

to renounce our will

and break the bonds of selfishness.

So we shall pursue the one thing necessary,

fellowship with your Son, our Lord.

Collect at Terce, Saturdays in Lent

French Cistercian, tr. Proclaiming All your Wonders, Dominican Publications


We are almost half way…

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New Wine: a gift for the whole church | Father Richard Peers

It is an exciting time to be part of the Church of England. A thought that occurred to me several times at the New Wine Leaders’ Conference in Harrogate last week. One such moment was bumping into one of our (Liverpool Diocese) archdeacons, Mike. He introduced me to an ordinand, to be deaconed in just a few months time. I asked him where he was going to serve and he explained that part of his time would be in a parish, but the remainder would be continuing his work in rural Somerset, running ‘pop-up’ worship for young people in isolated communities. Proof that we are able, as a church, to be…

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