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Friday, July 28, 2006

The things you run into in my line of work

Quick post from the work front: I'm writing a letter declining (for the second time) a particular play. I paged through the first few scenes to make sure I was remembering the play correctly, and found this prayer in a bit of dialogue between two central characters. The prayer is drawn from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, and since I like it, I thought I'd post it.

O Lord, support us all day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.

Part of what I like about this prayer is its reference to universals, with little interruption by religious doctrine. Who doesn't long for a peaceful end to a busy or trying day? Who doesn't long for security in sleep, and peace at the last when the longest sleep comes?

It also resonates nicely with my recent experience of drinking scotch on the companion bloggers' screened-in porch one evening earlier this summer. Since one of the companion bloggers is a staff singer at an Episcopal cathedral, the resonance is strengthened.


At 4:01 PM , Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

Hey there. Thanks for chatting with my wife. She was thrilled with what you shared and suggested. Wondrous!

At 9:40 AM , Blogger meeegan said...

It was my pleasure!

At 1:06 PM , Blogger The young fogey said...

John Henry Newman wrote that lovely prayer in the 1800s - it's not in the traditional Book of Common Prayer. I've got it on a card stuck to the side of my fridge.


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