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'The darkness and the light to Thee are both alike'Hallo again to all, as the Church moves into the most solemn week of the year. You may want to make use of our list of Holy Week resources.

We hope that you were able to attend church today; the Liturgy of the Palms and the procession into the nave is one of our favourite services. In the Northern Hemisphere it is Spring; we assume that many parishes were able to start the procession outdoors.

Our New This Week section is interestingly full. Do notice especially the fine parish site for St Mary's Church of Haxby, in Yorkshire. Along with St Peter's in Nottingham, England, and Saint Luke in the Fields in New York City, it's one of the best we've seen.

Over in the News Centre you can see that, by and large, Anglicans have given up newsworthy behaviour for Lent. This is probably a good thing. There is the usual collection of news clippings from newspapers around the world, but nothing urgent or surprising. Unless, perhaps, you are surprised more easily than we are.

We are no longer surprised by the number of enquiries we receive from Roman Catholics who are exploring the Anglican church. We thought it might make good sense to develop a series of pages that reflect on the differences between the two communions. Regular AO contributor Pierre Whalon begins by looking particularly at the issues that one would notice when comparing the Episcopal Church in the USA with the Roman Church.

And now it is Holy Week. Most of us will be taking part in the liturgies surrounding the last days of Our Lord's life on this earth. And we shall think of death and life and light and dark and apparent defeat and bitter sadness. Then in the early light of Easter morning, once again

I think I can see heaven: if we can enter it, it can only be here, the place where love is crossed with death to bring forth love.

See you next week, dear friends, on the other side, in Easter light.

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Cynthia McFarland
  Brian Reid

Last updated: 8 April 2001