Thursday, May 6, 2010

From the "I should have already known this" department

Browsing a local bookstore on my lunch break this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to come upon a copy of the Church of Ireland's edition of The Book of Common Prayer. Among the suggested prayers for "Ministry to those who are sick" is this famous deathbed prayer of St. Richard of Chichester.

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for us.
Most merciful redeemer, friend, and brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly, day by day.

If part of this prayer sounds familiar, it was used as the basis for a popular song from the musical Godspell.

I probably should have already known this little fact, but you learn something new every day.