Friday, 23 April 2010

To Pray is to Serve

The ladder of Christian prayer not only reaches to heaven and rests more firmly on earth. More than that, it unites heaven and earth very closely, because the ladder is Jesus, the Incarnate Lord. In him, through him, we share today in the prayers and praises of the blessed saints in heaven. In him. through him, we touch with our prayers the sins and sorrows of humankind. And in him, through him, our prayers shall be made one in him, as he is in the Father in the bond of the Holy Ghost. To whom be glory, praise and thanksgiving from angels and from all people, now and for evermore.

-Archbishop Michael Ramsey, who died on this day in 1988; from a sermon preached at the Consecration of the new Chapel at St Mary's Abbey, West Malling, 1966.