Monthly Archives: March 2019

George Herbert’s Morning Prayer: “Mattins”

Through Lent with George Herbert: Thursday after the Second Sunday of Lent Mattins I cannot ope mine eyes, But thou art ready there to catch My morning-soul and sacrifice: Then we must needs for that day make a match. My … Continue reading

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I Will Do More

Through Lent with George Herbert Wednesday after the Second Sunday of Lent Praise (1) To write a verse or two is all the praise That I can raise: Mend my estate in any ways, Thou shalt have more. I go … Continue reading

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Delayed Dust: George Herbert’s “Employment (1)”

Through Lent With George Herbert Tuesday after the Second Sunday of Lent Employment (1) If as a flower doth spread and die, Thou wouldst extend me to some good, Before I were by frost’s extremity Nipt in the bud; The … Continue reading

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Is There in Truth No Beauty

Through Lent With George Herbert: “Jordan (1)” Monday after the Second Sunday of Lent Fans of Star Trek (the original one, usually denominated “The Original Series” or “Star Trek: TOS“) will recognise a line from Herbert’s poem “Jordan (1) in … Continue reading

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St Patrick in Lent

A Sermon preached on the Second Sunday of Lent (Year C) at St. Thomas, Kefalas, Crete, Greece at 11:00 am on March 17, 2019 (which is also the feast day of Patrick of Ireland; which, in the Church of England, … Continue reading

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Let All The World In Every Corner Sing

Antiphon (1) Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing, My God and King. Vers. The heav’ns are not too high, His praise may thither fly: The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow. Cho. Let all … Continue reading

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George Herbert at Prayer (1)

This is another sonnet by George Herbert, but what a sonnet. Look for a controlling verb and you won’t find one. No, what we have here is a cascade of words creating  pictures of prayer. It sounds like a 16th … Continue reading

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“The Affliction” of George Herbert

There are no fewer than five poems titled Affliction in The Temple; obviously, suffering is a major theme for George Herbert. In this post I will reflect on the first, usually identified as Affliction (1). You can find the poem here. … Continue reading

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A Lenten Study on the Book of Psalms

In the Anglican Chaplaincy of St. Thomas, Kefalas, here on the island of Crete, I am leading a Lenten study on the Book of Psalms. Here are a few notes on the first session, held on March 12, 2019. Some … Continue reading

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Easter Wings

Through Lent With George Herbert (Wednesday after the First Sunday of Lent) In The Altar George Herbert uses the layout of the poem to reinforce the idea in the text – the poem speaks of an altar, and it looks like … Continue reading

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