Author Archives: Revd Canon Ian Black

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough and Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral in the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough. He served as Rural Dean of Peterborough for 5 years. Prior to moving to Peterborough, Ian was in Leeds for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and is a former head chorister at Shakespeare's Church - Holy Trinity. He studied in Canterbury, Lincoln Theological College and has a Master of Divinity degree from Nottingham University. He is married with two sons. Publications include three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His most recent book, 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus', was published by Sacristy Press in 2017. There is a hymn based on this 'Christ the Saviour'. He has been writing online since the mid 1990s. Ian is a keen photographer and these frequently appear in his posts and on social media.

Searched and known, loved and called

There’s a fun book originally for children, where they have to find a character among crowded scenes. The ‘Where’s Wally?’ books require you to look out for Wally in his distinctive red striped shirt, blue trousers, glasses and bobble hat. … Continue reading

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Baptism of Christ – renewing our commitment

We’ve been thinking about John the Baptist and the Baptism of Jesus quite a bit over the past few weeks. During Advent John’s baptism of Jesus often gets two Sundays. It is such a significant event in Jesus’ ministry, often … Continue reading

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Epiphany – Becket and the Magi

Tuesday saw the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket on 29th December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral. His story is well known, or at least we think it is. King Henry II’s ill-judged comment ‘Who will rid me … Continue reading

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Shepherds show us God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ

I’ve got a bit of last-minute wrapping to do….  Click to watch the Red Box Black Box Magic Trick. A brain teaser – a Christmas conundrum to puzzle over. How can both boxes fit inside each other? There will be lots … Continue reading

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O Emmanuel – An Advent Reflection for 23rd December

We have come to the end of our Advent journey through the great Antiphons used in these days running up to Christmas. And we end with the greatest of them all, with Emmanuel, God is with us. This is the … Continue reading

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O King of the Nations – An Advent Reflection for 22nd December

Over seven days, in these final days leading up to Christmas, we are thinking about how we understand who Jesus is and his saving work for us. Today we have glitter everywhere. Our visual aid leaves a trail. It is … Continue reading

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O Morning Star – An Advent Reflection for 21st December

We are here again, decorating our tree, putting the finishing touches to it. For the last few days we have been using a symbol of God’s saving work in Jesus Christ as way of reflecting on some ancient texts, antiphons … Continue reading

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O Key of David – An Advent Reflection for 20th December

I have a confession to make today, or perhaps I need to give credit where it is due. The idea for this series of reflections came from the Cathedral’s Keys campaign. I saw these and thought, there’s a visual aid … Continue reading

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Facemask Angels – remind us God is with us and of his saving love

Begin making angels from 2 disposable facemasks.  The fourth Sunday of Advent often focusses on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, but I want to look this morning at the angelic messengers. This church has lots of images of angels around … Continue reading

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O Root of Jesse – An Advent Reflection for 19th December

In these final days of Advent, in the last few days before Christmas, we are continuing our journey through the ancient antiphons for Evening Prayer, the Great Os. Today, on 19th December, we come to ‘O Root of Jesse’. O … Continue reading

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