Sunday, 7 August 2011

At the name

I am sure that most have heard of singing telegrams but few would ever have heard of  singing Christograms!
Though many will have seen the principal Christogram which is the letters IHS. 
These are the first three letters(in Greek) of the Name of Jesus.
Today August 7th is kept as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus by  many Anglicans (and at other times of the year by other Christians). 
Particularly endearing to us in Adelaide who remember with fondness Sisters of the Community of the Holy Name who used to staff the Diocesan Retreat House (when we had one)...we remember Joyce Anne, Grace Mary, Constance Agnes, Gloria, Constance Mary, Claire Christine amongst the sisters who served here. 
In this country it is often observed that the name of Jesus is more often used as a swear word than an ascription of honour. I am not alone in shuddering when this happens.
My advice toi the devoutly offended is to adopt the unobtrusive practice of bowing the head.
This is a 'secret' gesture and largely goes unnoticed except amongst the cognoscenti!!!  I take great pride in using an instance of profanation and turning it into a gesture of reverence.
The great second chapter of Paul's letter to the Philippians simply says "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow!
Today you might like to join in the singing Christogram (here). dated...but great!!!

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