New day, new life


I’ve been really challenge of late about the items kept over from my pagan days. So I’ve had a mass clear out of stuff to be either recycled or land fill. Then the following day I went to a surprise BCP HC service. I say surprise as I didn’t know it was going to be BCP (book of common prayer) until the service actually started which, by then, it was too difficult to leave!  So having being subjected to the 1662 service I realised that actually it was pretty good as the language and the poetry just melted me.  Having to concentrate darn hard really helped my focus and so I found the service very helpful/ powerful!  I began to sense a deep realization of absolution directly from taking communion  but I wont repeat here what I said under breath once I got back to my place after receiving communion. Lets just say I was quite moved.  Plus bonus, I haven’t been to a BCP service in years and so was a very good experience to notch up.

So, having my past forgiven and my accepting the absolution has moved on my journey with God immensely.  And, I see now more clearly the importance of offering absolution in the name of Christ is key in the role of a priest.  As a priest I will be there along side the people to encourage, prompt and hopefully offer absolution to those who ask for it, who see they cannot move forward in faith until they are right with God.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. UKViewer
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 19:36:31

    I go to BCP Services weekly. I love BCP, not just the language, but the connection back over the hundreds of years of those who’ve worshipped using the services of Matins, Evensong and HC available in it.

    In one book, you have sufficient to suffice for everything. Hatch, match and despatch. Unlike CW, where you need three or four different books to do those necessary.

    I also like Common Worship, but if I were to take a vote on it, BCP would be first in line.

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    • Emma
      Nov 23, 2011 @ 19:43:15

      Quite agree and I do like BCP. But there is a place for everything which is why I like the C of E. Cos I think you need to have quite a bit of church experience before leaping into BCP. Otherwise I think many would just freak! CW is more gentle.

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  2. UKViewer
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 06:38:38

    Emma,

    I agree that common worship is more flexible and accessible. Something you need for young people, to help them understand. It also has beautiful language.

    I suspect that my preference for BCP, is having lived most of my life and worship (even as RC) using modern language, the sheer beauty of the BCP & KJV really hit me between the eyes the first time I attended a BCP Service. Also, Choral Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral, several times a month has truly converted me.

    A fault with some who use BCP, is the speed of delivery. 8 O’Clock in the Cathedral can seem like a race to get away for breakfast. It’s sad as it loses the reverence and resonance of the language if it’s delivered at such a high rate. But delivered thoughtfully at a measured pace, it allows the words to be shared and appreciated and to really participate. Which is why I love it so.

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