Posts tagged ‘Matins’

July 1, 2012

An act of God?

by 3arn0wl

The vicar’s overslept again!

Awoken by the sound of the church bells summoning the faithful to matins,  he jumped out of bed on the wrong side and,  unthinkingly,  donned his wife’s trousers before dashing to the service.

Half way through the second hymn he groped under his cassock, looking for his sermon notes which he remembered putting in his slacks, only to realise the enormity of his predicament. Fumbling frantically,  he found a pencil,  a half filled balloon,  a stick of chalk and a nail.

And thus it was that he was able to improvise a sermon based on Psalm 8 vs 4, in place of the Dangers of robbing Peter to pay Paul one that he’d planned.

November 20, 2011

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

by 3arn0wl

The poetry of the Collect from the book of Common Prayer at Matins, served as a timely reminder to the congregation of the Hallowed Prostitute to get cracking on their Figgy Puddings.

Fruit and breadcrumbs and eggs and suet and sugar and spices and treacle and stout were all mixed together.

And Wishes were made.

Sixpences – from a time when money was made of silver, not plastic – were wrapped up in foil and placed in the mixture.

And pudding basins, full of Winter goodness, were steamed.

September 16, 2011

Can I have a Word?

by 3arn0wl

He went to St. Nick’s early, as usual – well before his job as a Science Technician started – and, as was his custom, said Matins.

Today was a special day though.  He loved the poetry of John 1 – he was reciting it as much from memory, as reading it out loud.  And Handel’s wonderful music flooded into his mind as he read Isaiah 9.  He didn’t need to open his psalter for the Psalm either – he just hummed Crimond to himself.

And so it was that Tom Bell (26) quietly marked the birth of Christ yesterday, well away from the commercial rituals of Saturnalia.