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The Celebration of Matins
I   was   surprised   to   hear   that the   celebration   of   Matins   at St.   Blasius   is   the   only   one regularly     offered     in     the Island   now.   We   are   indeed privileged;   though   it   is   only a    short    time    ago    that    we had     it     twice     a     month.     I probably     should     not     be surprised,   as   opportunities to   attend   services   using   the Book     of     Common     Prayer have     become     more     and more     rare.     We     should,     I feel,    make    the    availability    of    Matins    made    known    more widely,   so   that   those   who   value   the   beauty   of   the   1662   Prayer Book   can   attend.   We   must   make   it   easier   to   do   so   by   having Matins at a regular time each month We   do   have   the   celebration   of   Matins   on   the   third   Sunday each   month   unless   that   clashes   with   a   major   festival   when the Eucharist takes precedent. The   strong   sense   some   of   us   have   that   the   Book   of   Common Prayer    is    God's    treasured    gift    granted    to    the    Church    of England   should   need   no   defence   by   those   brought   up   with the   services.   These   have   come   under   fire   from   well   meaning people    who    claim    the    language    is    not    that    of    later    C20th when    most    of    the    simplifications    have    been    made.    The Prayer    Book    language,    being    C17th,    was    also    not    current even    in    my    long    ago    youth;    in    the    1950's.    Matins    -    with communion   following   about   once   a   month-   was   the   usual main   Sunday   service   overall   in   the   Church   of   England   and   we, old   and   young,   more   literate   or   less,   coped   with   it   perfectly well.   It   became   familiar   and   understanding   came   with   that familiarity. The   richness   and   beauty   of the    prose    seeped    into    our consciousness   and   I   believe evoked    responses    that    flat modernity          will          never achieve. The   old   "Thee"   and   "Thou" by   which   God   is   addressed haven't    been    in    daily    use, apart    from    some    dialects, for   hundreds   of   years.   They are    similar    to    the    French "tu",     a     version     of     "you" which   is   closer   and   carries   a respectful   sense   of   belonging   and   love,   being   part   of   God's family.   Many   churches   still   use   the   traditional   version   of   the Lord's   Prayer   (hallowed   be   thy   name   -   thy   will   be   done)   it's familiar,   it   conveys   reverent   love,   and   I   think   few   find   it   hard to understand. A   further   rich   gift   to   us   is   the   language   of   the   Psalms,   of which    Matins    gives    us    experience.    Good    poetry,    it's    said, communicates   before   it   is   fully   understood   or,   to   be   banal, reaches   parts   of   our   spirit   plain   language   doesn't   touch.   We can    hope    that    more    churchgoers    may    learn    to    love    this service    and    the    echoing    meanings    of    words    that    become parts   of   our   language   and   thought,   and   which   link   us   to   our forebears   in   an   unbroken   stream   of   worship.   These   days   of excuses   for   everything,   we   may   become   more   aware   of   how "the   devices   and   desires   of   our   own   hearts"   lead   us   to   "our manifold   sins   and   wickedness"   of   which   the   older   service   is unafraid to speak. All   are   most   welcome   to   join   us   to   celebrate   Matins   on   the third    Sunday    of    the    month.    Please    check    our    website    for details of our services. We look forward to seeing you. Pam Tromans
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The Celebration of Matins
I   was   surprised   to   hear   that   the   celebration   of   Matins   at   St.   Blasius   is   the   only   one   regularly   offered in   the   Island   now.   We   are   indeed   privileged;   though   it   is   only   a   short   time   ago   that   we   had   it   twice   a month.   I   probably   should   not   be   surprised,   as   opportunities   to   attend   services   using   the   Book   of Common   Prayer   have   become   more   and   more   rare.   We   should,   I   feel,   make   the   availability   of Matins   made   known   more   widely,   so   that   those   who   value   the   beauty   of   the   1662   Prayer   Book   can attend. We must make it easier to do so by having Matins at a regular time each month We   do   have   the   celebration   of   Matins   on   the   third   Sunday   each   month   unless   that   clashes   with   a major festival when the Eucharist takes precedent. The   strong   sense   some   of   us   have   that   the   Book   of   Common   Prayer   is   God's   treasured   gift   granted to   the   Church   of   England   should   need   no   defence   by   those   brought   up   with   the   services.   These have   come   under   fire   from   well   meaning   people   who   claim   the   language   is   not   that   of   later   C20th when   most   of   the   simplifications   have   been   made.   The   Prayer   Book   language,   being   C17th,   was also   not   current   even   in   my   long   ago   youth;   in   the   1950's.   Matins   -   with   communion   following   about once   a   month-   was   the   usual   main   Sunday   service   overall   in   the   Church   of   England   and   we,   old   and young, more literate or less, coped with it perfectly well. It became familiar and understanding came with that familiarity. The   richness   and   beauty   of   the   prose   seeped   into   our   consciousness   and   I   believe   evoked   responses   that   flat   modernity   will   never achieve. The   old   "Thee"   and   "Thou"   by   which   God   is   addressed   haven't   been   in   daily   use,   apart from   some   dialects,   for   hundreds   of   years.   They   are   similar   to   the   French   "tu",   a   version of   "you"   which   is   closer   and   carries   a   respectful   sense   of   belonging   and   love,   being   part of   God's   family.   Many   churches   still   use   the   traditional   version   of   the   Lord's   Prayer (hallowed   be   thy   name   -   thy   will   be   done)   it's   familiar,   it   conveys   reverent   love,   and   I think few find it hard to understand. A    further    rich    gift    to    us    is    the    language    of    the    Psalms,    of    which    Matins    gives    us experience.   Good   poetry,   it's   said,   communicates   before   it   is   fully   understood   or,   to   be banal,   reaches   parts   of   our   spirit   plain   language   doesn't   touch.   We   can   hope   that   more churchgoers   may   learn   to   love   this   service   and   the   echoing   meanings   of   words   that become   parts   of   our   language   and   thought,   and   which   link   us   to   our   forebears   in   an unbroken   stream   of   worship.   These   days   of   excuses   for   everything,   we   may   become more    aware    of    how    "the    devices    and    desires    of    our    own    hearts"    lead    us    to    "our manifold sins and wickedness" of which the older service is unafraid to speak. All   are   most   welcome   to   join   us   to   celebrate   Matins   on   the   third   Sunday   of   the   month. Please check our website (st-blasius-church.org.uk) for details of our services. We look forward to seeing you. Pam Tromans

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I   was   surprised   to   hear   that   the   celebration   of   Matins   at   St. Blasius   is   the   only   one   regularly   offered   in   the   Island   now. We   are   indeed   privileged;   though   it   is   only   a   short   time   ago that   we   had   it   twice   a   month.   I   probably   should   not   be surprised,    as    opportunities    to    attend    services    using    the Book    of    Common    Prayer    have    become    more    and    more rare.   We   should,   I   feel,   make   the   availability   of   Matins   made known   more   widely,   so   that   those   who   value   the   beauty   of the   1662   Prayer   Book   can   attend.   We   must   make   it   easier to do so by having Matins at a regular time each month We   do   have   the   celebration   of   Matins   on   the   third   Sunday each   month   unless   that   clashes   with   a   major   festival   when the Eucharist takes precedent. The    strong    sense    some    of    us    have    that    the    Book    of Common    Prayer    is    God's    treasured    gift    granted    to    the Church    of    England    should    need    no    defence    by    those brought   up   with   the   services.   These   have   come   under   fire   from   well   meaning   people   who   claim   the language   is   not   that   of   later   C20th   when   most   of   the   simplifications   have   been   made.   The   Prayer Book   language,   being   C17th,   was   also   not   current   even   in   my   long   ago   youth;   in   the   1950's.   Matins   - with   communion   following   about   once   a   month-   was   the   usual   main   Sunday   service   overall   in   the Church   of   England   and   we,   old   and   young,   more   literate   or   less,   coped   with   it   perfectly   well.   It became familiar and understanding came with that familiarity. The   richness   and   beauty   of   the   prose   seeped   into   our   consciousness   and   I   believe   evoked   responses that flat modernity will never achieve. The   old   "Thee"   and   "Thou"   by   which   God   is   addressed haven't   been   in   daily   use,   apart   from   some   dialects,   for hundreds   of   years.   They   are   similar   to   the   French   "tu", a    version    of    "you"    which    is    closer    and    carries    a respectful   sense   of   belonging   and   love,   being   part   of God's    family.    Many    churches    still    use    the    traditional version   of   the   Lord's   Prayer   (hallowed   be   thy   name   - thy   will   be   done)   it's   familiar,   it   conveys   reverent   love, and I think few find it hard to understand. A   further   rich   gift   to   us   is   the   language   of   the   Psalms, of   which   Matins   gives   us   experience.   Good   poetry,   it's said,   communicates   before   it   is   fully   understood   or,   to be    banal,    reaches    parts    of    our    spirit    plain    language doesn't    touch.    We    can    hope    that    more    churchgoers may     learn     to     love     this     service     and     the     echoing meanings   of   words   that   become   parts   of   our   language and   thought,   and   which   link   us   to   our   forebears   in   an unbroken   stream   of   worship.   These   days   of   excuses   for   everything,   we   may   become   more   aware   of how   "the   devices   and   desires   of   our   own   hearts"   lead   us   to   "our   manifold   sins   and   wickedness"   of which the older service is unafraid to speak. All   are   most   welcome   to   join   us   to   celebrate   Matins   on   the   third   Sunday   of   the   month.   Please   check our website . We look forward to seeing you. Pam Tromans

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