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BOC Fellowship
11-02-2007, 05:11 AM
Post: #18
Chatham
For some reason, I feel that I need to record my thoughts before attending my first Orthodox church service, and the first one I have attended at St. Alban's British Orthodox Church, Chatham, today.

Quote:A HYMNE TO GOD THE FATHER by John Donne

Wilt thou forgive that sinne where I begunne,
Which is my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive those sinnes, through which I runne,
And do runne still: though I still do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

Wilt thou forgive that sinne by which I'have wonne
Others to sinne? and, made my sinne their doore?
Wilt thou forgive that sinne which I did shunne
A yeare, or two: but wallowed in, a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.

I have a sinne of feare, that when I have spunne
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
Sweare by thy selfe, that at my death thy sonne
Shall shine as he shines now, and theretofore;
And, having done that, Thou haste done,
I feare no more.

I hope that when I go to church today, thy sonne shall shine, and that I will be able to recognise the presence of Christ under the veil of earthly things.

However, the following fears arise in my awareness:

Will I appear to others as the cockroach at the cocktail party?
Will I be the only person present so ignorant as to think that Hagios O Theos may be a Scottish-Greek culinary delicacy?
Will other people there know by some mysterious spiritual telepathy that I am indeed truly evil, the chief of sinners, and eject me?

I hope that lots of incense will provide a spiritual disinfectant to blot out my sins from their awareness, or at least provide a smoke screen. The highest spiritual good and the greatest spiritual wickedness are within touching distance, I believe. Sometimes it's difficult to know which is which. Kyrie eleison.
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