Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oxford Movement Centenary Prayer Book

Have mercy, O Lord, upon the souls which have no especial intercessors with thee, nor any hope save that they were created after thine own image; who from age, or poverty, or the unbelief or negligence of their friends, are forgotten and whose day of departure is never remembered.

(Quoted in Stephen L. Carter's short story, "The Hereditary Thurifer."  A thurifer is an acolyte who carries a thurible, which is the metal censer in which incense is burned during a worship service.  Today is All Souls' Day, the day on which Roman Catholics remember the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.)

A thurifer (with thurible)

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