I am reformed in theology, relentelessly low church, and bapticostal in practie. I understand the utility of th eluturgy, however, and the idea, ably discussed at liturgy, for a common rite of service across England to bind the nation: one nation, one church, one set of praerss… has been broken by those who hold the book of Common Prayer as an exemplar. Too many liberals act like leaven. I ran awa y from the leaven, out of the maisntrea,. to those who are fervent.
There is a reason I link to the Church of Ireland. That is fairly marginalized: it was the church of some of ancestors, and they don’t have the energy to reform liturgy. This is a stregth that the orthoxod have: the prayes are the same as said from generation to generation. They have sunk deeper into their psyche than Pushiin.
My fear is that the West has not merely lost Shakespeare, and Donne, but we have lost the humility to say today’s collect.
It may be that worship is our new form of common prayer. The old books are sealed up by the clerisy. So I’m going to have to hold my nose and find some music.
We beseech thee, Almighty God,
mercifully to look upon thy people;
that by thy great goodness
they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
20 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before[a]Exodus 20:1-17 me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
I sad to Kea that the text today is the ten commandments and she said that the Ten commandments are good. That is true. If you follow those rules, your life will have much less difficultiy and pain. The commandments were not given as a restricution, but for our good.
But we tend to ingore them. We are greedy. We consider that there are ways that we can get whaot we don’t want orneed. The besetting sin on fhts time is not lust or envy: they are vectors. The socialists want us to covet, andthe capaltists moe so. For they can profit from this.
The forget that Chaucer wrote the partorner’s tale as satire.
But shortly myn entente I wol devyse;
I preche of no-thing but for coveityse.
Therfor my theme is yet, and ever was—
“Radix malorum est cupiditas.”
Thus can I preche agayn that same vyce
100Which that I use, and that is avaryce.
But, though my-self be gilty in that sinne,
Yet can I maken other folk to twinne
From avaryce, and sore to repente.
But that is nat my principal entente.
I preche no-thing but for coveityse;
Of this matere it oughte y-nogh suffyse.
“Let me put it another way: I preach out of sheer greed. That’s why I usually only give sermons about how the love of money is the root of all evil. That way I can preach about the same sin that I myself indulge in. But even if I’m guilty of the sin of greed, that doesn’t mean I can’t help others not to be greedy, now does it? But who am I kidding? I said I’m not preaching to save their souls. I preach only because I want to make money, and that, my friends, is that.
YOu cannot expet much form a world made by the Whiggs. IT was joked, when they first appeared, that the Devil needed a long spoon to sup with them: in their personal lives many of them were rakehells. WIthout God at the center, all things can and will fall apart. The old divisnes knew this: if you readl the theology of secular rule — and yes, there is such, you need to look up kingship or the civil magistrate — he is seen as a servant of the law, encouraging us to righteousness.
We now have the opposite.
oR, to put int another way, the consitution, like any law, cannot save you.
Jesus Christ tells us that no good can be done without Him, so the key question to ask is how much of Him the founding fathers called upon in genuine faith when they established the United States. This is an important historical question because if the founders depended more on their Freemasonic relationships and need for power than even their sola scriptura doctrine, since many were Protestants, we cannot be surprised today that America has become the primary source of Satanic darkness in the world.
The founders did have a strong sense of natural morality that cannot be compared with the average American citizen of modern times, but it took just a couple of generations for that natural morality based on parchment and paper to be eroded into the godless state we have now where little children are being biologically altered into different sexes due to encouragement from the government and major institutions. This is due in part to the founders planting a bad seed with their flavor of democracy. When that seed matured, the United States went on to be de-Christianized without much fuss and effort.
What can we do then” We are unable to save ourselves, and any good that is done is from the hand of God, and to him belongs all the praise and Glory.
We can live by what he tells us. This is so deeply countercoutural to the progressives that they deem it hate speech. Let them
For we are commanded not to be like them.