Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Reading Saint Mark Right Out Loud

On Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. we are studying the Gospel according to Saint Mark, which was the first such written account of the life and times of Jesus Christ.

Mark does not give us any preliminaries or birth narratives about who Jesus is. No -- Mark launches right out into the deep in the opening verse with "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." What could be more clear than that?

For the past two weeks we have been viewing a film in which actor Max McLean gives a stage performance of the entire Gospel According to Mark. It is dramatic and moving, and we followed along with him in our Bibles. Tonight we will shift gears and begin a discussion of the first four chapters of this Gospel.

I invite you to join us, and in preparation please read those first four chapters. For my personal preparation I am reading those chapters in various translations, and I am reading them in the ancient tradition. I am reading them right out loud.

In peace,
The Rev. Linda McCloud
Founding Pastor
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

1 comment:

Gary said...

I've always found that reading any text, spiritual or secular, aloud affords me greater concentration, comprehension and depth to what I read. It also aids in remembering more of what was read. Perhaps this is why in many monasteries at the refectory the monastic brothers/sisters eat in silence as one of their appointed members reads from a spiritual text -- nourishing the soul whilst nourishing the body.

I seem to recall it mentioned in the life of St Ambrose of Milan that he was considered extremely learned because, 'contrary to custom', he read silently, to himself! That just goes to show how we can so easily presume that things 'have always been that way' just because we do them that way now or never thought twice about it.

In the ancient Church did not the bishop or priest sit to preach while the people stood? In many Eastern Orthodox churches today both the bishop/priest =and= the people ALL stand during the sermon.