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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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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 . We look forward to seeing you. Pam Tromans

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