Monday, 28 April 2014

On Not Going To Church


There are many reasons, good and bad, for not attending the services of the Church of England. One is that it is a male-dominated organization whose liturgies use sexist language. Another is that most parishes have abandoned the beautiful language of the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

In an attempt to address both these objections, and with the hope that people will now attend church at least once, albeit after death, the C of E has just brought out a revised Order for the Burial of the Dead. Here is a short extract:


Man or woman that is born of a woman or a man hath but a short time to live, and is

full of misery. He or she cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; she or he

fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.



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