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Blossom, Church and Car

This time next week I well be in Rome!


Saint Michael and All Angels on a Spring day in Christchurch on my weekly walk around the city, September 9, 2012 NZ.


Saint Michael and All Angels was the first church in Christchurch. the original building was a makeshift schoolroom-cum-church so small that people were likely to hit their heads on the beams. Its early history, closely connected with that of a young settlement, vividly illustrates the problems of colonial life. Yet, by the late nineteenth century, St Michael's with a fine new church in the heart of a growing town, was the leading Anglican parish in the Diocese of Christchurch, perhaps in New Zealand. Its worship and life were typical of those aspired to by many Anglican churches in New Zealand for the next fifty years. From 1910 however St Michael's diverged somewhat from this model. It became, and has remained, a sometimes notorious example of Anglo-Catholicism in New Zealand.


EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: Since 4 September 2010 our historic Victorian Gothic wooden church has survived three major earthquakes (and thousands of aftershocks) almost unscathed and is the only habitable church in use in the central city. Unfortunately our 1872 Bevington three-manual pipe organ was damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and was subsequently removed for repairs and renovation


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Taken on September 9, 2012