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Gracious is the Lord

There are times when God seems to speak very plainly to us, through what we read, what someone says to us, something that happens. I had one such experience and was not sure who the message I received was actually for. That being the case I decided to share what I had experienced with those at the 2pm service on Thursday and with those of you who are reading this blog. I pray that it may bless someone.

The readings for the service were Genesis 22:1-19, Psalm 116:1-7, Matthew 9:1-8. My reflection follows. Continue reading

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Corpus Christi

Depending on the tradition of your church, you may hold Communion in high esteem or you may not. For some churches 23 June is a day to particularly think about Holy Communion and what it means to us. When thinking about this we not only remember Jesus in the Upper Room with his disciples, blessing bread as his body. We also should remember that we are the body of Christ and consider what that means.

The readings were Psalm 116:10-end, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and John 6:51-58. My reflection follows.

 

Today, for some churches, it is the feast of Corpus Christi, meaning the body of Christ. It celebrates the institution of Holy Communion by Christ on Maundy Thursday and for that reason is usually celebrated on a Thursday. Although mostly a Roman Catholic celebration, it also finds its way into the calendar of the Church of England, some other Anglican provinces and a few Orthodox and Lutheran churches. Roman Catholic churches place the emphasis on the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine. There is often a procession through the streets with the consecrated bread in strongly Catholic countries.

We owe the beginning of this celebration to an Augustinian nun called Juliana of Liege. She was particularly devoted to the Blessed Sacrament at a young age and longed for a special celebration of it. Later she had a vision of the full moon which gleamed beautifully except in one dark spot. She heard in the vision that this spot was because there was no feast of the Eucharist in the church year. In 1208 she had her first vision of Christ in which she was instructed to plead for the institution of Corpus Christi, which she did. This vision was repeated for 20 years. Juliana began a celebration to honour the Eucharist around 1230. Pope Urban IV commanded that this feast be universally observed in 1264. His death delayed the spread of the observance but it was mandatory for the Roman Catholic Church by 1312. Eventually processions became part of the celebration and attracted indulgences. There were often performances of mystery plays at this time also. Continue reading


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Richard of Chichester

Anyone who knows the musical Godspell has had contact with something written by Richard of Chichester, remembered on 16 June. It was he who wrote the prayer which famously includes: may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly, day by day. In my reflection at the 2pm service I looked at further details of his life. The readings were Psalm 84:7-12, Philippians 4:10-13 and Matthew 25:31-40. Continue reading