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Letters to AO

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Letters from 30 May to 5 June 2011

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Is it under that rock over there?

What ever happened to St John the Divine church in Verdun Québec?.

Michael Long
3 June 2011

(Editor: we don't remember, but perhaps one of our readers might. We've sent off a query to a friend who was once associated with that parish, but we've not yet heard back.)

Collect your thoughts

There may be some good reasons why the Anglican Churches - along with other Christian denominations- are constantly changing their 'prayer books', introducing, they would argue, contemporaneity into worship "to atttact young people".

Whether these changes succeed in this or any other aim will be judged at the pew-gate (the 'bums on seats' reckoning). But how many will be persuaded to taste and see when the Collect (Prayer for the Day) in most Anglican Churches in Australia on the Sunday after the Ascension (now made more anonymous as the Seventh Sunday of Easter) reads:

O God, whose Son, Jesus, prayed for his disciples, and sent them into the world to proclaim the coming of your kingdom: by your Holy Spirit, hold the Church in unity, and keep it faithful to your word, so that, breaking bread together, we may be one with Christ in faith and love and service now and for ever. Amen.

The equivalent-day Collect in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer leaves it for it were. Look it up and believe!

Trevor G Cowell
Christ Church, Illawarra, Longford, Diocese of Tasmania
Perth, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
5 June 2011

(Editor: the 1662 Collect for the Sunday after Ascension can be found near the bottom of this page.)

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