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The Love of God by Candlelight

October 24, 2011

A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say.

(from the Bishop’s sermon on October 23 – thank you to Bishop Derek for preaching such a powerful sermon on loving God and our neighbour with overflowing, thankful hearts; and for giving permission for this excerpt of his sermon to be reproduced here) 

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