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The Old Welsh Bard and the St. Peter’s Day Collect

June 29, 2011

Daniel Rowland of Llangeitho (1713-1790) once quoted “the old Welsh bard”, Rhys Prichard (1579?-1644), as saying, 

To set the blind to lead the blind,

To set the dull t’instruct mankind,

To set th’ unskilled to show the way

From dark despair to perfect day;

Is not the Spirit’s ordination,

But mere human innovation,

Which loudly calls for reformation.  [Quoted by Eifion Evans in Daniel Rowland and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1985), 14-15.]

Today is St. Peter’s Day on the Anglican Church calendar.  The Prayer Book Collect for the day is a prayer for just such a reformation: 

O Almighty God, who by the Son Jesus Christ didst give to they Apostle Saint Peter many excellent gifts, and commandedst him earnestly to feed thy flock: Make, we beseech thee, all Bishops and Pastors diligently to preach thy holy Word, and the people obediently to follow the same, that they may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our lord.  Amen.

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