16 February 2007

Bishop Katharine was a lector at evening prayer today

I'm told that Bishop Katharine read the epistle at evening prayer today. Each day the primates worship together several times, and each primate has at least one liturgical role at some point this week.

Today the appointed lesson for their celebration was Titus 3 (which she read from her laptop, I was told). I suggest you read the whole thing.

Here's an excerpt:

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another....

But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. After a first and second admonition, have nothing more to do with anyone who causes divisions, since you know that such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned.


Mark Harris said...

How appropriate...maybe it is a sign that we should start a new blog, "titusthreefive", which reads, "he saved us, not because of deeds noe by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit." we could call it T3F. A kind of dyslectic third order of St. Francis.

Chris said...

What a remarkable and poignant reading - particularly in that context.

kenny said...

We are a people of the Book, not the laptop. Many churches read lessons from pieces of paper. It's time to give the Word its due. It's time to restore the strong symbol of a Holy Bible.

Rich said...

Thank you for doing this. It is great to have an eye on the Primate's meeting way over here in Rhode Island.

momtat92 said...

Mr. Harris:

As this passage was written to Christian readers, I think first, we need to come to an agreement on what the definition of a "Christian" is.

The problem with both sides is each defines terms differently. And uses them to serve each sides purposes.

stevenw said...

Whatever one's opposition's opinion, it is a deep weakness to blather stupidly as Katharine has. I am ashamed to have a leader who would ever, in ANY context dare such divisive words, and mock their peers.

know that such a person is perverted and sinful, being self-condemned. is simply out of line.

Shame Katharine.