Priory Talk: Jim Cross on Disagreements in the Gospels

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On Saturday September 3rd, Jim Cross will give a talk at Monmouth Priory entitled: The disagreements in John and the other gospels – and a PS from Plotinus.

During a challenging talk, Jim says: “the disagreement between John and the other three gospels about the origin of the eucharist or agape. John does not mention the bread and wine at the last supper, except to say that his betrayer will share it with him. He places the institution squarely in Chapter 6v32 et seq, and goes on to say in V66 that many of his disciples turned back. This
disagreement seemed to me to be large enough for serious discussion. In the book by Paul Bradshaw called Eucharistic Origins, it is stated that there were several different interpretations of the Eucharist or Agape, and they are evident to readers of the books of the New Testament. Acts 15 v 37, Acts 18:34 et seq, Acts 10:19et seq/ contrast Galatians 2:11.”

Jim has already recorded a video of the talk, which you can find here:


Our Lady of the Waters

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On Friday 19th August, St. Mary’s Monmouth was filled with music and song, rose petals and incense, to welcome Philip Chatfield’s statue “Our Lady of the Waters.” The statue had been carried along the River Wye on a catamaran, brought by a relay of rowers from Hay-on-Wye to Monmouth, to draw attention to the high levels of pollution in the river. Philip and Father Richard Williams, an Anglican priest from Hay-on-Wye, shared their vision that the spirit of Our Lady should be invoked as a spiritual cleansing and a reminder of how badly humankind has failed in our stewardship of God’s world. The special Evensong was led by Rev’d Dan Damon, who quoted from the Canticle of the Sun attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.”

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Wonder Zone Holiday Club at the Priory

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24 children came to our Wonder Zone holiday club from Monday 15th to Friday 19th August. They enjoyed experiments to help them understand God’s wonderful creation, from the Solar System to the tiniest insect. Among the children were some from Ukraine, some of the refugees who have fled the fighting in their home country. The holiday club gave them an opportunity to improve their English and meet Monmouth children before they go to mainstream school in a few days time.

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