Encircling the Christian Year

Liturgies and reflections for the seasons of the Church

Barbara Mosse

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Barbara Mosse's book encourages us to take the time to find again a rhythm of life that becomes as natural as a heartbeat, as the rising of the sun, the waxing and waning of the moon, the dying and living of Jesus Christ. This rhythm helps us to remember who we are, through leading us back to rest in God our maker.
Jane Williams

Content

The seasons of the Church's year parallel those of the natural world, gifting us with opportunities for spiritual life and growth. The watchfulness of Advent with its symbolism of light and darkness gives way to the explosion of joy as we welcome the birth of Christ; the sombre season of Lent leads us through the despair of the cross to the wonder and joy of Easter. But our journey into God is far more than a succession of spiritual high points, and perhaps the weeks of 'Ordinary Time' encourage us to persist in our walk with Christ during those times when nothing much seems to be happening.

Beginning with Advent Sunday, Encircling the Christian Year presents a series of short liturgies for each week of the Church calendar, including a Bible reading, reflection, and prayers, suitable for both individual and small group use. Special liturgies are also provided for the major festivals and 'red letter days', those saints and events most closely connected with the life of Christ. As well as engaging with the liturgical seasons, the book invites us to deeper prayer; to grow in our relationship with the God who loves us and accompanies us through all the seasons of our lives.

Includes an index of Bible passages to enable you to easily find liturgies and reflections based on specific Bible passages.

Foreword

We have almost forgotten, in our day-to-day life, what it is like to live by patterns and rhythms that come not by choice but by the nature of the reality we live in. When we can buy any fruit and vegetables at any time of the year, irrespective of the season where we actually live; when we can regulate the temperature in our homes so that we can wear T-shirts in winter and fur in summer, then it is easy to lose touch with the grace of the patterns of life. The Christian year re-embeds us in a bigger reality. As we follow the seasons of God's saving work, we rediscover that we are, as Genesis calls us, part of the generations of the heavens and the earth, part of the creative and transforming pattern of God's activity. Barbara Mosse's book encourages us to take the time to find again a rhythm of life that becomes as natural as a heartbeat, as the rising of the sun, the waxing and waning of the moon, the dying and living of Jesus Christ. This rhythm helps us to remember who we are, through leading us back to rest in God our maker.

Jane Williams
St Mellitus College

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Barbara Mosse's book encourages us to take the time to find again a rhythm of life that becomes as natural as a heartbeat, as the rising of the sun, the waxing and waning of the moon, the dying and living of Jesus Christ. This rhythm helps us to remember who we are, through leading us back to rest in God our maker.
Jane Williams

Author info

Barbara Mosse is an Anglican priest who has worked extensively in chaplaincy posts and is now a tutor at Sarum College, Salisbury. She leads retreats, Quiet Days, prayer workshops and writes for BRF's New Daylight Bible reading notes. She has also written The Treasures of Darkness: A Spiritual Companion for Life's Watching and Waiting Times.

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This is a lovely book of short liturgies, with meditations and prayers for each week of the Church's year, useful for private meditation, as the basis of group discussion or as the inspiration, for instance, of short Evensong services.

Barbara Mosse has chosen a lectionary reading for each week from the three years' readings available, with each day of Holy Week and some Saints' days included. One of the strengths of the book is that, in each case, after a short opening prayer the highlighted Biblical verses are given, often in abridged form but easy to follow. A reflection on the passage of about two hundred words picks up and discusses a theme of importance in our Christian living. So we are challenged by the unexpected appearance of God in our lives as Moses was by the burning bush, or encouraged by the apparent abject failure of the mission of John the Baptist at his humiliating death to hold fast to hope and trust.

There is a bidding prayer to conclude each week, and a new Collect. These form the most moving part of the liturgies, as the words of the prayers are often gracious and beautiful. They are in themselves a valuable prayer resource.

Barbara Mosse's considerable scholarship is evident here, but quietly so, and always subservient to her awareness of the rhythm of the Christian year and our need to spend time simply experiencing the love of God in action in our lives. This book will help many of us to do just that.

Reviewed by Joan van Emden


This attractive book is laid out in a formal way. Within that framework Barbara Mosse shares her free-ranging and compelling personal thoughts which draw the reader towards the contemplative. I will use this book for my own meditation and also with our Julian Group. The bidding prayers are an imaginative resource for those who lead Intercessions in Church.

Barbara Bregazzi

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857460455
  • Published: 20 July 2012
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
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