Tuesday, 9 June 2020

All change!

The Whitsunday when everything changed in England:



Here's the title page of the book that gave the people of England the worship of God in a language they could understand:



And here's what the Articles of the Church of England have to say about it:

XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregation in such a Tongue as the people understandeth.
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments, in a tongue not understanded of the people.

 

Great stuff and the good thing is that the idea spread around the world so that people of every language could have the Bible and the prayer book in their language, too. 

 

Today we have got to keep up the challenge, using English, yes, but also the straightforward easy-to-undertstand English that anyone can understand, because anyone and everyone needs to hear the message of God's love in a way they can understand,  (that is, 'in such a Tongue as the people understandeth')

 

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