Today is the feast day for Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury who died on this day in 1556. We are reminded in Holy Women, Holy Men that he was, “the principal figure of the English Reformation and was primarily responsible for the first Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and for its first revision in 1552.”
So, in some ways this is a feast day for our beloved Book of Common Prayer! In these difficult times, I find myself comforted by so many of the beautiful prayers available to us in our principal book of worship. If you don’t have a copy, I think this is the time to get one! You can find the entire text online (https://www.bcponline.org/) or you may easily get a copy from any number of online booksellers.
I write today to remind you that we will worship together again tomorrow (Sunday, March 22) as we did last week: Gathering beginning at 9:45 AM, with Morning Prayer beginning at 10:00 AM. I have worked on the service a bit, hopefully making it flow better—I welcome your input!
- To join the service (beginning at 9:45 AM):
- https://zoom.us/j/647333282 or call 1-646-558-8656 (meeting ID:647 333 282)
If you have any problems joining the service, feel free to call Matt Fillio (413-822-3759); he will be ready to help!
And here is a prayer from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer:
A Prayer in Time of Great Sickness and Mortality
O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succor. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made us of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.