Thursday, 19 May 2022

Today (19 May) the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Dunstan.

Dunstan was born near Glastonbury around 910 into a noble family. He received a good education and spent time at the court of the King of Wessex. 

A saintly uncle urged him to enter the monastic life; he delayed, but followed the advice in time, on recovering from an illness. 

Returning to Glastonbury, Dunstan lived as a monk, devoting his work time to creative pursuits: illuminating, music, and metalwork. 

In 943 the new king made him abbot, and this launched a great revival of monastic life in England. Starting with Glastonbury, Dunstan restored discipline to several monasteries and promoted study and teaching.

Under two later kings, he rose to political and ecclesiastical eminence, being chief minister and Archbishop of Canterbury under King Edgar. This enabled him and his followers to extend his reforms to the whole English Church. 

In 970 he fell from political favour but continued as archbishop, preaching and teaching. 

He died in 988.

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Lord God, author of all and creator of all that is good,
as we go to our beds may we reflect on your grace, love and mercy
and heading for our beds, resolve to serve, love and bless all we meet in the new day. Amen.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Monday, 16 May 2022

Day ends - night falls, and all is laid to rest. Lord this night, grant us a quiet night (and should we not wake) a perfect end. Amen.

Today (May 16) the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Jones was born in 1808. On her marriage to Archibald Chisholm, she took her husband’s Roman Catholic faith. They emigrated to Madras in 1831 where she set up a school for soldiers’ daughters. In 1838, the family moved to Australia and, almost immediately, Caroline began to work for the vulnerable immigrants arriving at Sydney.

She was especially concerned for the women, who were often lured and bullied into brothels.

She set up a free Registry Office to help them obtain legitimate work and a shelter and she campaigned for improved conditions.

She returned to Britain in 1846 to press for emigration reform and founded the Family Colonisation Loan Society.

Her Christian ministry and action led to the ending of what had virtually been the institutionalisation of the abuse of poor women.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Sunday, 15 May 2022

The gentle caress, the comforting hand, soothes us as a parent soothes their child.
Under Your care, O Lord, we rejoice and go to our rest secure in You.
May we wake tomorrow to be Your Church, and if not, rejoice in Your glory. Amen.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Saturday, 14 May 2022

Whilst people seek more power and wealth,
we pray for more humility and a poverty of the spirit that makes us like the Christ.
Not weak, not oppressed, but childlike in faith. Amen.

Today (14 May) the Church celebrates the life and ministry of Matthias, one of the Apostles.

After the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot, the apostles brought their number back to twelve by choosing Matthias to replace him. He was chosen by lot from amongst the disciples.

The author of the Acts of the Apostles sees apostleship differently from Paul’s interpretation of the rôle and seems to reflect the understanding of the gospel of Luke.

The number had to be restored so that they might ‘sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel’.

It was conditional that they had to have been with Jesus during his earthly ministry and witnesses to the resurrection.

The point of being chosen by lot, rather than by some democratic method, indicated the election or choosing by God, rather than by mortals.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Compline (night prayer) - Friday, 13 May 2022

Day ends and night is before us. May we sleep and wake refreshed to rise to a new day in which we might serve you in all Your fullness and love. Amen.