Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ponder: "beauty's her dress"

Truth never changes,
And Beauty's her dress;
And Good never changes,
Which these two express.
It is the parson's duty to see that his parishioners are offered all three.  
If he does not, can he complain when people go out into the hills from whence perhaps cometh their help, and find an escape into the Infinite from the debased architecture and ornaments of their parish church, in places where they are surrounded by the colours and the jewels of the Supreme Artist? For, as Bacon says, "God Almighty first planted a garden"; and God knows our need of beauty.
           Percy Dearmer, Public Worship Today.

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