Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Friday, July 23, 2010

And They Who Observe, Rejoice Exceedingly

With this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee worship,
and with all my worldly goods I thee endow;
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Oh, Eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind,
Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life;
Send Thy blessing upon these thy servants,
this man and this woman whom we bless in your name;
that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together,
so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

[then shall the Priest join their right hands together, and say]

Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

(so reads the Book of Common Prayer)

(and so we repeat in our hearts)