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Today the Church of England commemorates Richard, Bishop of Chichester, †1253 (who spent several years, apparently, living with a vilage priest and preaching barefoot because the king had locked him out of his palace and stolen the diocesan revenues. Ah, the middle ages, where Britain was a proper Christian country!) He's an interesting figure, who rose from relatively obscurity and a difficult family background, had a glittering academic career, but became a priest and later bishop; he was deeply concerned with promoting a reverent celebration of liturgy and sacrament (and not charging money for them), and with improving the standard of learning among clergy and lay believers (admittedly in terms of lay theological education, this meant making sure that everyone knew the Creed, the Hail Mary and the Our Father, but you've got to start somewhere).

He is best known for this rather lovely prayer:

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits thou hast given me,
for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, friend and brother,
may I know thee more clearly,
love thee more dearly
and follow thee more nearly, day by day.


I rather like Richard.
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A prayer of William of St Thierry to the Trinity, used to close his De Contemplatione, as translated by Bernard McGinn (The Growth of Mysticism, 272).

You, therefore, God the Father, by whom we live as Creator,
You, Wisdom of the Father, through whom we have been reformed and love wisely,
You, Holy Spirit, loving whom and in whom we live happily, and will live in total happiness,
Trinity of one substance, One God from whom we are, through whom we are, in whom we are...,
The Principle to which we are returning,
The Form we are following,
The Grace reconciling us,
We adore and bless.
To you be glory forever. Amen.
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Most holy God, the ground of our beseeching,
who through your servant Julian
revealed the wonders of your love:
grant that as we are created in your nature
and restored by your grace,
our wills may be so made one with yours
that we may come to see you face to face
and gaze on you for ever;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Another collect where the liturgist has been having fun and/ or showing off...

Below the cut, my sermon. )


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