Puritan Prayer - I was surprised
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(12-03-2011, 02:03 AM)Leo Rugiens Wrote: ” I came across that in a bookshop. I couldn't work out what it was, except that it clearly had something to do with the Prayer of the Church; so thanks for the explanation. It was not bound like a breviary.

Right. The little Magnificat is an abbreviated Prayer of the Church. It is issued monthly and comes right to my mailbox. I use it instead of a missal or missalette. I'd feel lost at Mass (and at home) without it.
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(12-03-2011, 02:00 AM)Leo Rugiens Wrote:
(11-25-2011, 01:59 AM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: It's such a beautiful prayer. I found it this morning while I was at Mass. It's in my Magnificat. I always read the “meditation of the day” right after Holy Communion. It's usually the writing of a saint. Today it was the prayer of a Puritan. It didn't surprise me so much that it was printed in a Catholic book; after all, today is Thanksgiving, a national holiday and we recall the first Thanksgiving with the pilgrims (Puritans) and the Indians. What blew me away was its beauty and celebration. After Mass I stayed in church and talked it over with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. I felt troubled and peaceful at the same time.

The prayer haunted me, followed me all day long; during the drive to my sister's house, during the meal as we passed the turkey and the dressing and dessert. It followed me all the way home and I felt I had to post it here at Fisheaters, albeit in the “Other Religions/Cults” subforum, of course. Now I feel I should study and research more about the Puritans. I now feel perhaps my judgments were harsh and based on mischaracterizations, rather than historical facts.


ETA: Not that I think they were correct doctrinally, of course! I'm talking more about their reputation for prudery, etc.

##  IMO, the best thing to do is to read them - and the "Puritan Paperbacks" series helps out there. If OTOH one wants a history, it depends whether one wants one written from a Calvinist/Evangelical POV, or a survey by a professional Church historian. It depends also on how deeply one wants to study them.

http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com/catego...paperbacks - is well worth a look

Another is - http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/home.php - it includes a lot of other Calvinist books as well, not the Puritans alone.

For a definition of a Puritan, this description may be useful (I don't recommend all the site, but this page is helpful): http://www.apuritansmind.com/the-puritan-era/

An essay, by a Protestant historian of the Puritans, on them and their writings: http://www.meetthepuritans.com/why-you-s...-puritans/

I wish that Protestants read the mediaeval Cistercians, and Catholics read the Puritans: http://www.cistercianpublications.org/Series.aspx

Oh I overlooked this.. Thanks for the links!
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