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Letters from the week of 31 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

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On the Awkward Days of Christmas...

"...but then there are those awkward days between Christmas Day and the New Year that no one quite seems to know how to handle.”

Once upon a time diligent attention to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer ensured that these "awkward days" were anything but "awkward days".

"The voice of prayer (was) never silent, nor (died) the strain of praise away" because after Christmas Day there were celebrations of Holy Communion for Saint Stephen’s Day (Dec 26); St.John the Evangelist’s Day (Dec.27);
The Innocents’ Day (Dec 28) The Circumcision of Christ (Jan 1), with, of course, the continuation of midweek Eucharist at "10.30 a.m. on Wednesday".

Nowadays after Christmas Day "the voice of prayer (falls)…silent" and under the pressures of 21st century life "the strains of praise (fade) away".

There are few, if any, parish churches—certainly in smaller Diocese—where the doors are open during the week and the Eucharist is being celebrated—and sometime—in January—not even on a Sunday.

As for Morning and Evening Prayer...?

Trevor Cowell
Christ Church, Illawarra
Perth, Tasmania, Australia
31 December 2018

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