The Anchorhold

'To be human now is the reason we follow the star....'

W H Auden

celtic design

PRAYER AND WORSHIP

 

‘..I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord..’  (Ps116:13)

 

The Paschal mystery of life gained through death is at the centre of the vowed life.  The Eucharist provides a pattern for the whole of life, in that we must be willing to be taken, blessed, broken and given.

 

‘..Unless a grain of wheat should fall on the ground and die, it remains but a single grain..’  (Jn 12:24)

 

Approaching the Altar, we must be able to say with Christ and to all people, ‘This is my body given for you’,  in order that as Christ is made present in the celebration of the Eucharist, we may be made one with him and with each other.

WORK AND HOSPITALITY

 

…By your fruits shall you be known….  (Mt 7:20)

 

Work may be necessary to supply the means to live, but we should never lose sight of its wider perspective. Work is love in action. It may be an opportunity to show our gratitude and care for all that is entrusted to us, or it may be an opportunity to take into the world and to share whatever is gifted to us within the silence and solitude of the life.  

 

Our journey is not simply ours; rather we travel in the company of all members of the body of Christ, and we must do all in our power to build up that body. Likewise, as we travel in the company of all humanity, hospitality should be shown to all.

 

'..Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels unaware..’  (Heb 13:2)

The Divine office is the ongoing expression of that worship.  It is both an offering of praise to God and an act of intercession for the world.  By it the natural divisions of the day are hallowed and dedicated to him.

 

‘..God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth..’  (Jn4:24)

 

Daily private prayer and reading is essential to nourish the ongoing spiritual life.  In this way our minds can be in tune with our voices in the offering of worship.

True hospitality requires an acceptance of the other as they are now.  It asks of us to find the space within ourselves where we can welcome them without making any demands of them, valuing them for who they are, without any expectation of change.  In being open to the other in this way, we are enriched by their presence.  

 

Part of our work and hospitality, is constantly to struggle to fashion here and now, the Kingdom of God, which is exemplified by that table fellowship from which none are excluded.

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