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A Reflection from the 2019 Cathedral Retreat

The Golden Chapel and the Alabaster Jar of Oil Her precious alabaster jar lay empty. The last amber coloured contents dripped from its broken elegant neck and stained the dusty floor. The disciples were aghast as rivulets of the expensive perfumed oil rolled down Jesus’ head, his beard glistened in the flicker of the pottery lamps. A sweet earthy fragrance, reminiscent of the oil’s Himalayan origins, filled the room. What was she doing, this woman? Didn’t she know that this was a waste of money…selling it could feed the poor the disciples exclaimed. Yet Jesus did not admonish her, instead he said to them, “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” As I sat on


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Now that we are at Level 1 the cathedral is open for our regular public services of worship and for prayer.

We are open to visitors by appointment only, please contact the office ph 303 9500.

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446 Parnell Road


Auckland 1052

New Zealand


PO Box 37-148


Auckland 1151

New Zealand

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