love and rules

I am a Prayer Book nerd. I like the older versions but I also like the modern versions. The Prayer Book has formed me in a particular way. But (an important distinction) my relationship with Jesus is so much more than liturgy.

I was thinking about the traditional structure of the Communion Service in the Prayer Book. It starts with the Collect for Purity (my favourite prayer) and then has this (from Common Worship):

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Amen. Lord, have mercy.

The original compilers of the Prayer Book must have felt it was important to rehearse this central message of Jesus. Maybe because it is the Rule of Life for all Christians? Is there really any need to go beyond?

Anyway, I have updated my Rule of Life page to reflect the above.

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