St Simon and St Jude

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 28th, 2005

a sketch of Archbishop VincentI went to the Merton College Chapel today for evensong. The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, preached. The lessons were Jeremiah 3.11–18 and Jude vv 1–4, 17–end. He related a visit to Dachau, where he could but kept silence until praying with the Psalms. He learnt the truth that liturgy is not ours, but given to us. (There was a liturgical symposium held by the Society of St Catherine of Siena.)

I was thinking that I would have been to 5 services by the end this week (St Columba’s on Sunday; communion at Mansfield College chapel on Tuesday; Mansfield evening service on Wednesday; Merton Friday; and John Wesley Society day retreat Saturday). I hope one day I organize my life so that I can go to church for a bit every day.

Also, I have been thinking that in a low-carbon world, point-oriented (short-period, high-throughput) tourism will have to be replaced by trail-oriented pilgrimages or area-oriented mission. It will become more gentle and more relational. This may require a longer holiday period per annum for each person.

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