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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from 24 to 30 March 2008

Like all letters to the editor everywhere, these letters are the opinions of the writers and not Anglicans Online. We publish letters that we think will be of interest to our readers, whether we agree with them or not. If you'd like to write a letter of your own, click here.

Don't leave us hanging

Wait a gosh-darned minute! What happened to the guy that was dying?

Is he dead? Is he still alive? Should we know his condition now that you punted last week's thought-provoking anxiety?

How did you not start this week's cover -- whether Easter or not -- with the news? As we used to say, Jesus Christ.

Peter Winterble
Buenos Aires
24 March 2008

(We're sorry to have left you in the dark. We were too busy weeping, pressing our mourning clothes, and booking tickets to Burlington New Jersey to get every detail correct, though we did update our front page with the sad news. We buried Frederic McFarland under bright blue skies in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, with the Bishop of New Jersey presiding. Now look what you've done. We have tears on our keyboard again. Thank you for asking. As you can tell, we miss him terribly, and we are running short-staffed trying to get Anglicans Online published without him.)

Writing not in sand but in Fe3O4

I wrote a letter you published some years ago,about the possibility of raising funding by offering to maintain a memorial section on AO - a kind of virtual necropolis - with a one-off fee for a 'plot'.

The sad death of your clearly much loved colleague Mr McFarland prompts me to renew this suggestion.
Many people are actually unable to visit any longer the actual memorial sites of those who meant much to them, and it would be a comfort to read on-line a few words and a couple of dates. A disclaimer could be signed as part of any application form. With best wishes and Easter greetings to you all!

Joseph Hooper
Our Lady of Jesmond, TTAC
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
25 March 2008

(Ed: this is not a bad idea, but our computer expert says that the server computers hosting Anglicans Online (or anything else) are far more ephemeral than a good hunk of rock. In order to make an online memorial work, we'd need to set up an organization that would be self-sustaining and self-funding in perpetuity. That's hard. You may have noticed that the Anglicans Online server computers were offline for about 6 hours just as Frederic died. We told ourselves that he stopped on the way out to muck with our network router to make sure we'd notice that he was gone.)

A rose on the paschal fire

Your editorial regarding the tradition of the ashes of a rose being able to be 'reborn' into a fresh rose may have solved a 20-year-old mystery for me.

At an Easter Vigil service I attended at one of New Zealand's cathedrals the paschal candle was not decorated with the 'ususal' decorations of Alpha, Omega, the year etc, but rather, the candle had a single rose attached to it.

I have never seen this anywhere either before or since. Does anyone else know of this way of decorating a paschal candle? Is it perhaps an exuberance of the Sarum Use?

Robert McLean
St Paul's, Burwood
Sydney, NSW, Australia
27 March 2008

(Ed: perhaps one of our readers might know. This is the sort of thing that Cynthia (one of our editors) tends to know, but she's off visiting her mother after the devastation of burying her husband this year and her father last year.)

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