Wednesday, May 19, 2004

On the box
On ‘Colonial House’ last night
The re-created 1628 colony’s governor, Jeff Wyers, in real life a Baptist minister in Texas, and his family had to go home when his daughter’s fiancé was killed in a car crash. In this episode he came back to the project and described the only way he was staying in touch with his family - their reading the same passages in the Bible (I think a psalm and a selection from Proverbs) every day. The narrator then said one of Massachusetts’ first governors, the Puritan John Winthrop, did the same thing to stay connected to his family in England - ‘synchronized prayer’. So then and now, history repeats itself - Protestants reinvent/rediscover liturgical prayer, specifically the Catholic practice of praying the office!

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