Church of Our Saviour

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Lessons and Carols

On the Sunday after Christmas a beautiful service of prayer and meditation was held at COS.  Readings with a distinctly contemporary tone were mixed with the lessons from scripture traditionally found in this liturgy.  In case you missed it, here is one of the contemporary readings:

I once spent a summer day at the mountain home of a well-known literary woman and editor.  She lamented the absence of birds about her house. I named a half-dozen or more I had heard or seen in her trees within an hour –

the indigo-bird, the purple finch,

the yellowbird, the veery thrush,

the red-eyed vireo, the song sparrow.

‘Do you mean to say you have seen or heard all those birds while sitting here on my porch?” she inquired.

“I really have,” I said.

“I do not see them or hear them,” she replied, “and yet I want to very much.”

“No,” said I; “you only want to want to see and hear them. You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.

From “The Art of Seeing Things” by John Burroughs.

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