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BC : AD


by U A Fanthorpe

 

 

This was the moment when Before
Turned into After, and the future's
Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.
 
This was the moment when nothing
Happened. Only dull peace
Sprawled boringly over the earth.
 
This was the moment when even energetic Romans
Could find nothing better to do
Than counting heads in remote provinces.
 
And this was the moment
When a few farm workers and three
Members of an obscure Persian sect.
Walked haphazard by starlight straight
Into the kingdom of heaven.

 

 

This unsentimental and almost stark poem, which uses words sparingly, but to great effect, tells of the birth of Christ. Its very title, BC : AD indicates the turning point - a world before Christ and then a world after Christ; a world without redemption followed by a world with the possibility of redemption.

 

So this Christmas, let us thank God for giving us His Son and may we use his gift wisely.

 

 

 

A fresco from a house wall, Assisi, depicting Mary and the Christ child.

 

 

Every Tuesday at 8am, Morning Prayer

 

 

Services for December:

 

Sunday 2 December 6pm Evensong - Advent Service of Light

Sunday 9 December 10-11am Sunday School

Sunday 16 December 6pm The Story of Christmas in readings and carols

Christmas Day - to be confirmed, please check on the website

 

Services for January:

 

Sunday 6 January 6pm Sung Evensong for Epiphany

Sunday 13 January 10-11am Sunday School

Sunday 20 6pm Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 27 January 6pm Compline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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