Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Today, after a horribly healthy breakfast (muesli, fruit salad, cherry yogurt, brown bread and apricot jam), it was off to celebrate the Eucharist at Murrayfield according to the 1929 Liturgy. St Richard of Chichester was commemorated and then it was home on a very muggy morning made sweaty by clericals via Costa Coffee (brie and tomato chutney pannini and double macchiato elevenses), the barbers (I am shorn, but not shriven) and Boots the Chemist ( smelly stuff and shaving gel). Backshift from 2-10 and the same again tomorrow. Had a good meeting last night (small but very strong - like a decent coffee!) and will probably go again on Friday.

Here's a famous prayer for today:

The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Sculpture of an outcastSt Richard, who was Bishop of Chichester for eight years in the mid-13th century, was well acquainted with both hard work and suffering. Though a gifted scholar and lawyer, he did not flinch from physical labour; and as Bishop he found himself a homeless outcast in his own diocese, until King Henry III finally accepted his appointment by the Pope. His prayer reflects the commitment and 'stickability' needed by anyone who seeks to be a true follower of Jesus.

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

To think about.....

  • How do you feel about the idea that Jesus Christ endured pains and insults for your sake? Does it help you to cope with suffering and rejection in your own life?

  • Is your knowledge of the Lord's presence becoming clearer as you go through life? Would you like it to? What do you think helps - praying? reading the Bible? being with other Christians? anything else?

The prayer acknowledges that Christians don't become saints overnight! Instead, there is a gradual (and sometimes uncomfortable) re-orientation of our lives into God's way. Why not use this prayer (or your own words) to ask Jesus to help you take just one small step forward in the Christian life?

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