Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Archdeacon's Charge: The Very Revd Fr Simon Aiken in his capacity as Archdeacon of the Karoo, St Cyprian's Cathedral, 8 May 2011

The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

An adaptation of The Prayer of St Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) as set to music by Martin How was sung as the Communion Motet this day:
Day by day, Dear Lord, of thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day

As Bishop of Chichester, St Richard set out statutes for the organization of Church life in his Diocese. 
Inter alia he ruled that:

Archdeacons were to visit the churches regularly, to see that the services were duly ministered, the vessels and vestments were in proper order, the canon of the Mass correctly observed and distinctly read, as also the ‘Hours’. Priests who clipped or slurred their words by rushing were to be suspended.

           (From the article on St Richard of Chichester, Wikipedia)