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Australian Religious Diary 2008

RRP $32.00

If you worry about your electronic diary’s batteries going flat, perhaps you keep a hard copy diary.

The Australian Religious Diary 2008 is meant to charge your batteries as you jot in your reminders.

Of course it has all the big events, as well as the dates you might have missed. The second Sunday in Easter next year is also the festival of St. John of the Ladder for our Orthodox friends.

Aside from scriptures on each page, the diary features the artwork of John Coburn.

The Blake prize winning painter, printmaker and designer’s works linked faith to the Australian landscape.

On the pages featuring Coburn’s work, the illustrations bite into the week-per-double-page format.

Opened, the left side shows the day, date and readings with note space for the morning.

The right hand page lists the ‘high days and holy’ with notes space for afternoon. It would be cramped for business or student use.

The “completely ecumenical” diary uses the Catholic Lectionary and so you will find readings from ‘deutero-canonical’ books: Tobit, Wisdom Maccabees etc.

The Australian Religious Diary 2008 features a selection of Anglican feasts and Uniting Church memorial days, along with holy days from Lutheran, Ukrainian, Maronite, Jewish and Muslim calendars.

I didn’t know the UCA marks a memorial day for Caroline Chisholm, but I could see why.

I do not know who Dorothy Day was though or why we have a memorial day in her honour.

Reviewed by Phil Smith, the Queensland Synod Media Liaison officer