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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Broken bodies

    καὶ εὐχαριστήσας ἔκλασεν
    καὶ εἶπεν τοῦτό μού ἐστιν τὸ σῶμα
    τὸ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶντοῦτο
    ποιεῖτε εἰς τὴν ἐμὴν ἀνάμνησιν
    And when he had given thanks,
    he broke it, and said,
    "This is my body which is for you.
    Do this in remembrance of me. ESV

    And when he had given thanks,
    he broke it, and said,
    "This is my body which is broken for you.
    Do this in my memorial. (ESV inserting footnotes)

    And when he had given thanks,
    he brake it, and said,
    Take, eat: this is my body,
    which is broken for you:
    this do in remembrance of me. KJV
Some verses, those which have become part of the liturgy, are hard to change.
    For even hereunto were ye called:
    because Christ also suffered for us,
    leaving us an example,
    that ye should follow his steps:
Some have indeed followed in his steps. Let us remember them.

Broken Ground by Jack Hodgkins is a good novel about WWI. And here is a poem by Wilfred Owen. Only 22 years old in 1915, he wrote,
    "I came out in order to help these boys--directly by leading them as well as an officer can; indirectly, by watching their sufferings that I may speak of them as well as a pleader can. I have done the first."
He was killed three years later.
    The Parable of the Young Man and the Old

    So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
    And took the fire with him, and a knife.
    And as they sojourned, both of them together,
    Isaac the first-born spake, and said, My Father,
    Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
    But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
    Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
    And builded parapets the trenches there,
    And stretched forth the knife to slay his son.
    When lo! an angel called him out of heaven,
    Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
    Neither do anything to him. Behold,
    A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
    Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.
    But the old man would not so, but slew his son,
    And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

    Wilfred Owen

    "My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity."

More from Tyler at Codex. We had a very solemn Remembrance Day service at our school with a recitation of In Flanders Field, and then the choir sang Dona Nobis Pacem.

Update: Doug has a related post here.

3 Comments:

At Sun Nov 11, 09:49:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Thanks for this, Suzanne. Based on this post, this morning at both services, I spoke of Wilfred Owen, and quoted from his poem.

Veterans Day is a big deal in my neck of the woods. The tears flowed today, as veterans remembered buddies who are no longer with us, and mothers and brothers, with trembling voices, asked for prayers for sons and siblings who are heading for or are already in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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At Sun Nov 11, 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Suzanne McCarthy said...

I have a son in the military although he is not in combat at this time.

You may be interested in the movie Regeneration which features Owen and Sassoon.

Broken Ground also makes the point that many men in their twenties and thirties enlisted because they could not bear to see 18 year olds going to war without someone to take care of them. I have found a deep sense of nuturing and care of older for younger men in some war literature.

 
At Sun Nov 11, 08:19:00 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Some verses, those which have become part of the liturgy, are hard to change.

The text of 1 Cor.11:24 has been set for a long time in liturgy that it is almost impossible to change, as in the Lord's Prayer of Matt. 6:13. The church's liturgy has been set for so long that it would be difficult to change the established pattern. But I do increasingly hear more leave out the "...my body broken for you."

I attended a Catholic service and was surprised to learn that they leave out from the Lord's Prayer the: "For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." You could tell who were protestant ones because they were the ones who kept going after the: "but deliver us from the evil one."

 

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