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On death at the graveside

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Preparing for tomorrow’s reflection on the ritual of Christian burial after the Book of Common Prayer, and specifically that portion of the service that occurs at the graveside.

Came across a wonderful line from Coleridge, in the preface to the Lyrical Ballads, where he discusses the purpose of poetry:

…and to excite a feeling analogous to the supernatural, by awakening the mind’s attention from the lethargy of custom, and directing it to the loveliness and the wonders of the world before us; an inexhaustible treasure, but for which in consequence of the film of familiarity and selfish solicitude we have eyes, yet see not, ears that hear not, and hearts that neither feel nor understand.

And this second verse from William Blake’s poem, “The Little Black Boy”:

And we are put on earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love,
And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face
Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.

 

Both reflect on the nature of life on earth.  Coleridge focuses on ‘the film of familiarity’ that prevents us from seeing the ‘loveliness and the wonders’ that exist all around us, indeed the delight of God’s creation that is here for our joy, but that we see so rarely because we are caught in the cycle of all-purpose (from an article by Brother David Steindl-Rast).

St John of Damascus (Orthodox funeral service)

Where is now our affection for earthly things? Where is now the alluring pomp of transient questing? Where is now our gold, and our silver? Where is now the surging crowd of domestics, and their busy cries? All is dust, all is ashes, all is shadow. Wherefore draw near that we may cry to our immortal King, “Lord, Your everlasting blessings vouchsafe unto him (her) that now has gone away. bringing him (her) to repose in that blessedness which never grows old.”

I Called to mind the Prophet who shouted, “I am but earth and ash.” And once again I looked with attention on the tombs, and I saw the bones therein which of flesh were naked; and I said, “Which indeed is he that is king? Or which is soldier? Which is the wealthy, which the needy? Which the righteous, or which the sinner?” But to Your servant, O Lord, grant that with the righteous he (she) may repose.

More to follow…

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Written by sameo416

March 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

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