Novena Day 7 – Thursday 12th May

with C. S. Lewis


V/. O God, make speed to save us.
R/. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

Novena -Day 7 imageI don’t know and can’t imagine what the disciples understood our Lord to mean when, His body still unbroken and His blood unshed, He handed them the bread and wine, saying they were His body and blood…

Yet I find no difficulty in believing that the veil between the worlds, nowhere else (for me) so opaque to the intellect, is nowhere else so thin and permeable to divine operation. Here a hand from the hidden country touches not only my soul but my body.

Here the prig, the don, the modern, in me have no privilege over the savage or the child. Here is big medicine and strong magic…the command, after all, was Take, eat: not Take, understand.

C S Lewis (1898 – 1963) Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
Poet, novelist, lay theologian and Christian apologist

Silent Reflection

PSALM 131 (130)

Lord, I am not high-minded; * I have no proud looks.
I do not exercise myself in great matters * which are too high for me.
But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: * yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
O Israel, trust in the Lord * from this time forth for evermore.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:* and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be:* world without end. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire thee with our whole heart;
that so desiring thee we may seek and find thee;
and so finding thee may love thee,
and loving thee may hate those sins from which thou hast redeemed us;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Anselm of Canterbury (1033 – 1109), Doctor of the Church

May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
May the Lord bless us, may he keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Image: Historiated initial with the Mass of St Gregory
in a Book Of Hours probably made for Anne Boleyn’s grandfather, Thomas Butler (1426-1515). British Library

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One Response to Novena Day 7 – Thursday 12th May

  1. EPMS says:

    Interesting to contrast the humility of C.S. Lewis displayed in the last paragraph with JRR Tolkien’s remark in a previously featured letter (Day 5) that the experience of attending mass with “the usual bourgois crowd,”—whom he describes in contemptuous detail— is a salutary reminder that the Blessed Sacrament operates on a level far deeper than the intellect. The point is similar, but I find Lewis making it in a more attractive way.

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