yrieithydd: (Cross)
I drafted this post on the train going down to London for the memorial service for Br Roger, in the week after the 13th Sunday after Trinity. I then typed some of it up, but never posted it. I think for now I'll leave the question hanging at the end, but there should be a follow on. The thing that amused me was just after I wrote this, I was working back through my journal entries and came across this post from the 13th Sunday after Trinity last year! I suppose it means I'm consistent!

Anglo-Catholic Mission )
This is a post I failed to make last week, but interestingly now it links to [livejournal.com profile] cathedral_life's recent post.

It struck me last week praying the offices in Peterhouse Chapel where the BCP collects are still used that the quote I knew from the Collect for Advent II:
read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
is only a partial quote. The full collect is:
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou has given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

It struck me that we have lost the emphasis on hearing scripture as well as reading it and that the quote as I learnt it was indicative of this.

Hearing is a communal activity far more than reading.* And thus it is the community of the hearers which is formed by the hearing. Not just the individual reader. I also think it is important to keep scripture and worship together. We meet God through both and the worship forms us to hear scripture and scripture forms us to worship. This is one reason I like the offices. We get chunks of scripture in the context of worship. It was pointed out to me that this combination was largely a product of Cramner's changes as prior to that it was only the office of readings which had large portions of scripture in it. But it's one of Cramner's changes which I like!

*It should be remembered however that silent reading to oneself is a modern innovation. Until fairly late, people always read aloud -- think of the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts whom Philip overhears reading. I half remember a quote about from one Church father who was criticising another one for reading silently because it was important that the word be spoken aloud to have its full impact.
Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou O Lord

This versicle and response really hit home at Evensong this evening. Peace seems further away than at any time in my life time. I realised this morning (during Fr Ian's excellent sermon) that how pessismistic I've become. I remember when the current intifada began 4/5 years ago praying, hoping that a way forward would be found soon. It wasn't; it dragged on. It's slipped from my prayers. Then there was '9/11' and since then the world has gone mad. We're fighting 'the war on terror' and terrorism is increasing. We're fighting for peace and we have war. We have forgotten that God is the only who can give us peace and who truly fighteth for us. We make it worse.

The collect was good too:
Almighty God,
who hast called thy Church to witness
that thou wast in Christ reconciling the world to thyself:
help us so to proclaim the good news of thy love
that all who hear it may be drawn unto thee;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Yes; that is our call. We're not living it very well at the moment. Factions and fighting; hatred and bigotry; arrogance and pride; hurt and condemnation; these I see in the media and in Anglican communion.

Reconciling the world to God?

Yes; God is at work in and through his Church. It mightn't get the attention of the press. Reconciliation and healing does happen. We might be messed up and mess up but God works in us and through us. I can see it at the moment at LSM. It's humbling and exciting and maybe even a bit scary.



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