Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Vicar's Life

Through the portal and down the Nave,
he march’d with Holy Writ in hand,
to kneel and pray
at break of day
and lean upon the reading stand.

Of first order is morning prayer
so on is thrown a surplice.
Then follow he
with the Litany
and say the Lord’s Prayer twice.

Then the rite all love the best
to say, Holy Communion.
The words of Christ
they’ve now prayed thrice
with Christendom in union.

Into the vestry and off is put
And hung upon the door;
the surplice there.
Now gown to wear
to go into the church once more.

Now to expound the words of Christ
for all who stay’d to hear it
that all who hear
should come draw near
to take up the cross and bear it.

A sermon preached like none other wrote
or ever read before.
Take off the gown
and throw it down
to don the surplice from the door.

“Draw near with faith,” he tells them all
to make contrite confession
and hope and pray
what he had to say
was not lost in the lesson.

Then to the Table of the Lord,
by the north most side to stand,
to pray the line,
of words divine
while taking loaf and cup in hand.

They pray again, this comes to four,
“Our Father which art in heav’n”
All did meet
His meal to eat
and all before eleven!

The Curate’s work is never done.
He’s earned a drink of liquor!
So on Sunday
please take time to say,

“Dear Lord God, bless the Vicar!”

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