Wednesday, September 26, 2007

One of God's Secretaries

In our service of Holy Eucharist this evening at 6:15 we will celebrate the feast of Lancelot Andrewes, the Bishop of Winchester, England who died in 1626.

Bishop Andrewes was a biblical scholar and educator who helped to translate the Hebrew and Greek scriptures into the King James Version ("Authorized Version") of the Bible at a time when the church was desperate for unity. But then, when has the church not been desperate for unity?

Among Bishop Andrewes' students was the poet George Herbert, and among the fans of his sermons was King James the First of England. In fact, it is said that Bishop Andrewes was the favorite preacher of King James (who authorized the translation and publication of the King James Version of the Bible in 1611).

One of my favorite things about being an Episopal Priest is that during the weekdays I get to reach back and celebrate the lives of Christians who have made important contributions to the world. As my Church History professor at Sewanee, Don Armentrout, was fond of saying, "If you know a little church history, nothing will surprise you."

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

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