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Ray's Blog: December 2017

New Year Message For 2018



New Year is a time to seek new direction. It is also a time to put measures in place that avert bad things.


Bad things that threaten our world are


displacement of work by robots and...
Posted at 15:43pm on 31st December 2017

Christmas Day In A Place Of Angels


 Accompanied by my sister Sally, and before our Christmas dinner with Carol, Judith and Skeena at Carol's new home, I celebrate Holy Communion and preach at Saint Aidan's Church, Bamburgh. This is my sermon.


I wish you a Happy Christmas, though I realize...

Posted at 16:10pm on 23rd December 2017

I Cannot Thank You Enough



At the Society of Authors Christmas Lunch in Edinburgh authors were invited to bring a Christmas-wrapped gift book. As people left they could take home one of these secret book gifts. I Christmas-wrapped my book Before We Say Goodbye published by HarperCollins. A few days later I received...

Posted at 19:33pm on 15th December 2017

Santa Claus

On  December 6 the Netherlands and churches around the world celebrated Santa Claus, or, to give him his correct name, Saint Nicholas, the 4th c. Bishop of Myra, in today's Turkey. This is  what my book 'Saints of the Isles: a year of feasts' (volume two of The Celtic Prayer...

Posted at 09:23am on 6th December 2017

Advent And Archeologial Discoveries

Sales of my Advent Book 'Bethlehem's Road' ran out locally. So I thought I should read it myself!  These words leapt out at me: 'Most people did  not see Jesus' birth in a smelly stable because they were too snooty to look for it in such a place. They were in...

Posted at 15:29pm on 2nd December 2017
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