Sunday, February 03, 2008


Cranmer would like to share with his communicants and readers something of his Candlemas service – the feast day commemorating the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. As His Grace was carrying his candle on Friday evening, while the organ and choir echoed around the cavernous church, the experience of Simeon and the hope of Anna were quickened in his mind. What a wonder it is to have the scales fall from one’s eyes, to come face to face with the truth, to see the way of salvation.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Forty days ago we celebrated the joyful feast
Of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we recall the holy day on which
He was presented in the temple, fulfilling the law of Moses
And at the same time going to meet his faithful people.
Led by the Spirit, Simeon and Anna came to the temple,
Recognised Christ as their Lord, and proclaimed him with joy.

United by the Spirit,
May we now go to the house of God to welcome Christ the Lord.
There shall we recognise him in the breaking of bread
Until he comes again in glory.

God our Father, source of all light,
Today you revealed to Simeon
Your light of revelation to the nations.
Bless these candles and make them holy.
May we who carry them to praise your glory
Walk in the path of goodness
And come to the light that shines forever.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The world, of course, paid no attention to this day, for it has no commercial significance and there is no money to be made. Yet what a moment to recall when the Lord was proclaimed a light to the Gentiles and the glory of Israel.

As readers and communicants busy themselves on this day with their family and work commitments, or fret over the slide in Mr Cameron's poll ratings or the plight of Mr Conway who appears to have embezzled misappropriated public funds, or weep at the manner in which the latest EU treaty is inexorably making its way through Parliament with scarecely a mention in the media (thanks largely to Mr Conway), and weep further that Mr Brown appears to be getting away with everything which ought to be hastening his demise; let us remember the joy, awe and wonder; the peace and fulfilment of which comes with knowing the Lord.


Blogger Lanarion said...

It's often so easy to forget this, so thankyou for helping remind us all. After all, Christians have lived and died through much worse times, and all their comfort came from the Lord.

With much joy.

3 February 2008 at 12:32  
Anonymous billy said...

If we know Christ even the prattling of blog comment makers doesn't matter :0)

3 February 2008 at 14:12  
Anonymous najistani said...

Totally off topic, but Your Grace is no doubt by now aware of this morning's Daily Mail article about Islamic subversion in the Police and Social Services...

Muslims in the police and in Government jobs are blocking the crackdown against 'honour killings'. They are not only failing to help desperate women trying to flee Islamic abuse and arranged marriages, but are actively encouraging punishment for those they believe are breaking Shariah law. Terrified victims who seek official help are even being tracked down by a network of Muslms 'working' in Government departments and social services. One woman was found by her family after she signed on at a Jobcentre where a Muslim was present.

Since all state agencies have been subverted and infiltrated by jihadists, to whom are these unfortunate women to turn for protection?

Maybe this is a wake-up call for the Christian Churches (ALL of them!) to get their act together and organise escape routes for these unfortunate women. Escape would be much easier for them if they knew they could walk into a any Christian Church and be given immediate assistance.

This should be done purely out of Christian charity, with no pressure for the women and girls to leave the Death Cult or convert to Christianity, though this would be unnecessary as these ladies would be too scared ever to set foot in a Mosque again.

Such a course of action would also have the beneficial effect of weakening the demographic jihad. Muslim families may have 4.5 children, but if 2.3 of them become kuffars, they're never going to establish the Caliphate.

3 February 2008 at 14:57  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Excellent sentiments, Your Grace!

3 February 2008 at 15:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention Muslims now being paid to break the Law, Religious discrimination claim anyone

3 February 2008 at 21:24  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

I observe Candlemas. May I draw his Grace's attention to the wonderful Robert Herrick, who composed the following:

Down with the rosemary and bays,
Down with the mistletoe;
Instead of holly, now up-raise
The greener box (for show).

The holly hitherto did sway;
Let box now domineer
Until the dancing Easter day,
Or Easter's eve appear.

Then youthful box which now hath grace
Your houses to renew;
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew.

When yew is out, then birch comes in,
And many flowers beside;
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin
To honour Whitsuntide.

Green rushes, then, and sweetest bents,
With cooler oaken boughs,
Come in for comely ornaments
To re-adorn the house.

Thus times do shift;
each thing his turn does hold;
New things succeed,
as former things grow old.

4 February 2008 at 03:14  
Anonymous Tanfield said...

Your Grace,
I have just tried to find the article referred to by Najistani but my computer brings forth the response from the Daily Mail website "article not found". Have the Islamists infiltrated the press to such an extent that this item has been censored?

4 February 2008 at 19:24  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Thanks Wrinkled Weasel for the Herrick poem.
Robert Herrick is a wonderful poet, hardly known today. Some of his poems might be considered a little risque for His Grace's sensitivities I fear. They are certainly not for Archbishops

4 February 2008 at 19:36  
Anonymous i spy strangers said...

Than you, Your Grace, for bringing us back to the essentials. Did the choir sing that wonderful Eccard anthem "When to the Temple Mary went"?

5 February 2008 at 16:17  

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