Wednesday, 22 February 2017
My first ever Mattins
The Friday rehearsal was something of a shock.
We were told it was to be a Mattins rather than the usual Eucharist as there was no priest available to give Communion.
Unlike most of the other members of the choir I have no tradition of Christian worship and the Eucharist is the only service with whose music and liturgy I am familiar.
It is such a totally different piece of Anglican worship that I found myself stumbling to keep up (very good for the brain, if not for the ego) and was really rather glad when it came to an end - about 20 minutes earlier than our usual Sunday.
Talking to some of the congregation since then I found they were split into two distinct camps. Those who are used to and happy to attend Mattins and those for whom the Eucharistic service is the only one they would choose to attend.
If this hopefully one-off Sunday has caused so much alarm and consternation i begin to see how some of the bigger divisions in the Protestant church have come about.
Never mind the differences between Baptist, Methodist Catholic and Anglican church, this is just one of the presumably many differences in just one branch of the Anglican church.
Religion is meant to unite people isn't it?
Roll on next week when Lent begins.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 8:16:00 pm