Thursday, 14 July 2011

Blessed John Keble

John Keble

 Today is the commemoration (in the C of E) of John Keble.  Technically we in the frozen North recall him on 29 march (his heavenly birthday) but the English keep the anniversary of his Assize sermon which triggered the Oxford Movement.  No matter.  his hymns have deepened the devotions of many.  Today's collect (from Keble College Oxford) helps us to recall that.

Father of the eternal Word,
in whose encompassing love
all things in peace and order move:
grant that, as your servant John Keble
adored you in all creation,
so we may have a humble heart of love
for the mysteries of your Church
and know your love to be new every morning,
in Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

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