marcus curnow : newmarket baptist : seeds network : word & world : rites & ritual : keeping our courage up!
“The circus is among the few coherent images of the eschatological realm to which people still have ready access…
This principality, this art, this veritable liturgy, this common enterprise of multifarious creatures called the circus enacts a hope…
biblical people, like circus folk, live typically as sojourners, interrupting time, with few possessions, and in tents, in this world. The church would likely be more faithful if the church were similarly nomadic.”
It was a significant and special time for me in May contributing to the ‘Praying with the Cornish Saints’ Retreat at the Kernewek Lowender Cornish Festival at Moonta on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. The Retreat had come about through discussions with Cowethas … Continue reading →
Words and pics from the Prayer Spiral at last weekends Common Rule Retreat… Introduction Today Chappo led a discussion with us entitled “If Jesus is the Answer, What is the Question?” We had a chance to think about and … Continue reading →
I had the privilege of speaking in the graveyard of my Great Great Great Grandparents to the Back to Burton Society who were launching my fathers new book, “Pioneering the Para Plains”. Lots of people have asked for a copy … Continue reading →
Given the sort of physical risk the Bible implies Mary had to survive in order to have a baby, I’ve always thought that these images of revolutionary women might be more appropriate for the mother of Christ rather than the domesticated, insipidly pale faced, blue veiled, watery eyed portraits we’re used to. If you consider that talk of a new Davidic line would have likely been considered seditious in the then occupied Palestine and consider the content of Mary’s Song in the next passage “The rich are sent, empty, away” (A passage that appears nowhere in the 3 year lectionary cycle!), it becomes clear that Mary stands in the radical prophetic tradition of her culture and knows just what’s at stake when one births a “Messiah”.
In this vein I put together my own ‘Hail Mary’ which uses some bits of the traditional Catholic Hail Mary Prayer and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.