Fr. Richard’s Letter

FATHER RICHARD’S PARISH LETTER

‘The Eternal Loveliness’

If a parish is fortunate enough to have a curate (an assistant priest), it is invariably the case that they would preach the sermon on Trinity Sunday. The Parish Priest is ‘only’ human – how can one dare to speak of the very nature of God? Best to leave it to the curate!

Words to ‘describe’ God are bound to fail. Words uttered in prayer are so inadequate – yet we must use them for we are sentient beings who think and speak. Often at Mass I involuntarily sigh – unbidden, yet somehow, I feel that the sigh is infused with truer word than that accomplished by mind or lip. ‘Words maybe false and full of art, sighs are the natural language of the heart’.

So, I’ll sidestep writing myself of the nature of God, and I leave you with a hymn written by Fr. Faber (1814-63) on the mystery of Him who cannot be described.

I suggest you don’t just read it through – but spend time with it and return to it when you can. I, personally, feel it touches the hem of God’s garment.

Most ancient of all mysteries,

Before thy throne we lie;

Have mercy now, most merciful,

Most holy Trinity.

When heaven and earth were yet unmade,

When time was yet unknown,

Thou in thy bliss and majesty

Didst live and love alone.

Thou wert not born, there was no fount

From which thy Being flowed;

There is no end which thou canst reach;

But thou art simply God.

How wonderful creation is,

The work which though didst bless,

And O, what then must thou be like,

Eternal loveliness!

Most ancient of all mysteries,

Before thy throne we lie;

Have mercy now, most merciful,

Most holy Trinity.

With Love and Prayers

Fr. Richard