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Archive | March, 2014

JaFfA – Saint David

At the beginning of March, the young people who came to JaFfA learned about Saint David. Things that we learned: Saint David was a monk. He is the patron saint of Wales. His symbols are leeks and daffodils. His flag is a gold cross on a black background. Cup cakes decorated with icing daffodils are […]

Archdeaconry Synod – John Bell On Music

The Rev. John Bell was the keynote speaker for the Gibraltar Archdeaconry synod which was held at the beginning of February. John is a well-known member of the Iona community, a writer, broadcaster, musician, and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He took as his theme, “Music in forwarding the Gospel,” and reviewed […]

Counting blessings in Lent

Counting Blessings: the Beatitudes are the sayings of Jesus that open the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel.  Most commonly translated from the Greek word makarios, as “blessed,” other ways to express the meaning are “Happy,” or, as Tom Wright states in Matthew for Everyone, “Wonderful news.” During the season of Lent, there will be an […]

Honorary OBE for “The General”

On Tuesday, 11 March, the largest representation from the British Embassy ever to visit Menorca came to the Isla del Rey, including the Ambassador, The Consul General for Barcelona and Balearics, the head of politics and economy, the head of the embassy press department and the new Defence Attaché.  They were present for a ceremony at which […]

Women’s World Day of Prayer

The Women’s World Day of Prayer occurs on the first Friday of March every year.  This year, the service was designed and prepared by the women of Egypt.  Since Egypt continues to figure in our news bulletins, there was a special feeling of solidarity with those who have contributed to this year’s Day of Prayer, […]

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Lent Derived from the old English word for “lengthen” (as do the days in spring), Lent is the 40-day period of prayer, penitence and pondering before Easter. Starting on Ash Wednesday, the seventh Wednesday before Easter, it commemorates Christ’s period of deprivation and sacrifice in the desert and recalls the events leading to his crucifixion. […]

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