Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Place for Prayer

If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.
And what the dead had no speech for, when living,
They can tell you, being dead: the communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Here, the intersection of the timeless moment
Is England and nowhere. Never and always.
— T.S. Eliot, from Little Gidding

St. Bede's Chapel
at Autry House across from Rice University
Today is the 15th anniversary of reinstituted Morning Prayer in St. Bede's Chapel a Autry House (now part of Palmer Church). Morning Prayer had been prayed for many years, until about 1990. On September 16, 2000 it was reinstated, and has been said every weekday (with very few exceptions for holidays) ever since. Among other things, we pray daily for the needs of the Rice Community, and the Texas Medical Center. (See:

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