Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Well done, thou good and faithful servant


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Blogger D. Singh said...

Nunc dimittis

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 thy people Israel,
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.

17 April 2013 at 12:41  
Blogger Peter D said...

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.

Amen.

17 April 2013 at 12:49  
Blogger Philip said...

The following extract from the Bishop of London's sermon (The sermon in full is on the BBC website:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22182938) is worth quoting:

"She was very aware that there are prior dispositions which are needed to make market economics and democratic institutions function well: the habits of truth-telling, mutual sympathy, and the capacity to co-operate. These dispositions are incubated and given power by our relationships. In her words, "the basic ties of the family are at the heart of our society and are the very nursery of civic virtue". Such moral and spiritual capital is accumulated over generations but can be easily eroded.

Life is a struggle to make the right choices and to achieve liberation from dependence, whether material or psychological. This genuine independence is the essential pre-condition for living in an other-centred way, beyond ourselves. The word Margaret Thatcher used at St Lawrence Jewry was "interdependence".

"She referred to the Christian doctrine, "that we are all members one of another, expressed in the concept of the Church on earth as the Body of Christ. From this we learn our interdependence and the great truth that we do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of Society." Her later remark about there being no such thing as "society" has been misunderstood and refers to some impersonal entity to which we are tempted to surrender our independence."

17 April 2013 at 13:53  
Blogger IanCad said...

I listened to the service on Radio 4. A most dignified and respectful coverage by James Naughtie.

I'm sure she would have approved.

If, as some say, a nation should be judged by its institutions then I am proud to be British.

Most of them were there.

Parliament; that raucous, disunited body that is still the envy of most of the world.

Our Military and Civil Services; both sectors largely uncorrupted and as professional as can be wished for.

The Church of England; surely the most unique of all. Muddled, astonishingly embracing and fair, and Yes! Holy still. Nothing quite like it.

Captains of Industry; many discredited but they'll survive and reform. The market will see to that.

And then there is London. So many of all races, persuasions and practises. The whole world seems to be there.

Wonderful, wonderful.

17 April 2013 at 14:29  
Blogger Palaeography on the rocks said...

Sic semper tyrannis

17 April 2013 at 14:51  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Does Garland do it deliberately? The nose of Arthur Scargill, the cheekbones of a hamster and the terrified eyes of Ceaușescu .

17 April 2013 at 15:30  
Blogger Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Goodness! A dignified ceremony and a fitting tribute by my Lord of London. But what of the Dimbleby? At one point he says 'Mrs Thatcher was not against Apartheid but opposed sanctions against Apartheid,' followed by misreading the card on the coffin followed by 'The insignia (of the Garter and Order of Merit) will now be carried by the clergy and not the two Thatcher granddaughters...' Really it is time he was put out to grass.

17 April 2013 at 15:40  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Britannia – how apt...

17 April 2013 at 18:17  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...

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17 April 2013 at 18:30  
Blogger non mouse said...

RIP

17 April 2013 at 19:00  
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17 April 2013 at 19:21  
Blogger William said...

Your Grace

As the taxi driver had it. "We haven't had a good'un since".

May her courage, determination and zest for freedom be an example for us all for a very long time.

RIP Maggie

17 April 2013 at 19:52  
Blogger len said...

To the young life seems forever but as one ages comes the realisation that ones life span on Earth is fleeting,

'Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.'(Ecclesiastes 6-12)
RIP Margaret Thatcher.

17 April 2013 at 20:05  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

It's not quite British but I really like the phenomenon of dignified applause when a hearse passes, as happened today.

17 April 2013 at 20:11  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

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17 April 2013 at 20:40  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...


David Lindsay. Not the time, old chap. Do button it...

17 April 2013 at 20:45  
Blogger William said...

OIG seconded

17 April 2013 at 21:08  
Blogger David Hussell said...

And we will not have another PM of that quality again, until once more, convinced Christians are able to make their way to the top branches of the political tree. That will not happen before our country, once again, respects Christian beliefs and the people who live their lives steering by such values. Margaret Thatcher had an inner moral compass given to her by her Methodist upbringing. We need another Charles Wesley and a second nationwide revival. If not, God have mercy on us.

17 April 2013 at 21:23  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

David Hussell. Tomorrow, an Archbishop will meet an Arch Deviant. Let has hope that ++Welby does us all right, as the Inspector is sure he will do...

17 April 2013 at 21:32  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...


Stupid machine, that should be ‘us’

17 April 2013 at 21:34  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

This man has just watched his recorded hour long programme of funeral service for Mrs Thatcher. Ending with a Guards Sergeant Major leading the bearers out. For overseas communicants, you may not be surprised to know that St Pauls is the most beautiful building yours truly has ever visited in the British Isles...

17 April 2013 at 22:05  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Which proves, Inspector, the old adage that the grass is always greener on the other side. Your hometown's cathedral is arguably the most spectacular example of every Gothic style, from the solid early Norman to the airy floating High Gothic. Nothing like it in the world, the maddeningly complex ceiling tracery alone is a wonder. Some of the 19th century Gothic Revival buildings here in Toronto come close in imitating the styles, but at a smaller scale and with hints of Disney-esque kitch.

17 April 2013 at 22:27  
Blogger John Magee said...

Farewell Great Lady. A few fools in your country turned their backs on you today and others mocked you by playing a stupid song. Decent people of the world ignored them and they salute your deeds which will always shine as a lover of freedom next to Sir Winston Churchill making you one of the two great Prime Minister's of a truly Great Britain during the 20th century. While your country honmored you today in St, Paul's Cathedral in London many other heads were also bowed in prayer and remembrance in the capitals, towns,and villages of Central and Eastern Europe this morning. They were bowed in deep thanks for your enormous contributions in helping to free them from the shackles of Communism in 1989...

18 April 2013 at 01:07  
Blogger bluedog said...

Your Grace, when your communicant thinks of Margaret Thatcher he gives thanks and reflects on several other points.

In the first instance we should not succumb to a messiah complex and embark on a ceaseless search for a temporal saviour. When the next leader of true ability emerges they, like the departed, will almost certainly not be recognised at the time. There will be lesser creatures seeking to tear them down and frustrate or usurp great achievement.

The second thought relates to the continental European tendency to continually underestimate and completely misunderstand Great Britain. It was Napoleon Bonaparte who famously described and dismissed the English as a nation of shop-keepers. It was De Gaulle who observed that no real strength could be found in English blood.

How wrong they both were!

18 April 2013 at 07:21  
Blogger Jan van Riebeeck said...

A sad day, in more than one respect.

The end was far from tradition imperial English and even less Christian with a private cremation.

When they first tried this in England in the late Victorian era, it resulted in public riots and near lynching.

Apparently the values of the iron lady were much more neo-liberal than some of her supporters supposed her to be, and Mr Cameron a more legitimate heir than one would wish.

18 April 2013 at 10:29  
Blogger Daed Parrot said...

I was amongst the, up to 10 deep, crowds lining the route halfway up Ludgate Hill. As our last great prime minister passed by on the gun carriage, there was nothing but quiet respect, and later, applause from us. There was neither sight nor sound of any kind of protest, just a vastly mixed array of well wishers from the middle and working classes with expressions ranging from thoughtful contemplation to sadness.

By the way, your Grace, I attended some of the speeches hosted by the Freedom Association in The Pavilion End pub behind St Paul's. I heard that you had given a speech there earlier on. Is it possible to post here what you said?

Muchly obliged.

18 April 2013 at 15:04  
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18 April 2013 at 18:29  

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