Friday, 1 February 2019

When Christianity is all in the mind ( St, Brigid help us!)

The English Reformation was at first political under Henry VIII, then theological under Edward VI.  Under Elizabeth I it was a curious mixture of English nationalism, protestant theology, and quasi catholic liturgy.

What emerged in the Prayer Books was essentially a religion of conformity in worship (the Book of Common Prayer); and adherence to intellectual propositions as expressed in the mostly Calvinistic "Thirty Nine Articles of Religion".

For some English reformers (we call them Puritans) this reformation was half baked. Their ideal congregation was composed of those who assented to correct doctrine and practice  under the leadership of a learn-ed Minister.

For Anglicans or Puritans intellectual assent was the keystone to true faith.

Meanwhile in Ireland and other places there was a tradition of  Christianity which spoke to the heart and soul as much as to the mind.

For those Christians the saints of the past were and are entirely and mystically present as they pray.

St. Bridget of Kildare (Bridie) was/is one of their soul companions in prayer. It is her Feast Day today.

My St. Bridget; cross

Here is the official "poop"on Bridie.

Yes, no, or maybe?  I care not.

Instead I will be sustained by St, Bridget's Blessing, one for my heart and soul rather than for my mind.

St. Brigid’s Blessing

May Brigid bless the house wherein you dwell
Bless every fireside every wall and door
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof
Bless every hand that toils to bring it joy
Bless every foot that walks its portals through
May Brigid bless the house that shelters you.

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