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Repentance and Hope

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07 October 2016

October 6th, 1916

LAST Sunday afternoon, in Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury formally opened the appeal of the National Mission of Repentance and Hope to the people of England at large. Churchmen, clergy and laity alike, have for months past been preparing themselves in various ways for a concentrated effort to raise the whole tone and outlook of religious life, relying upon the help of the Holy Spirit to use that endeavour so as to influence the great circles of their fellow men and women who for various reasons remain outside the organized fellowship of the Church. The time has come for the Church to turn specifically to the whole people with its message of Repentance and Hope. It was this stage of the Mission which was opened by the Archbishop last Sunday. He explained that the purpose of the Mission was to find out in the nation as a whole the faults and failures in which each one individually and collectively had a real share, and to grapple with them in every parish in the land; so that the whole nation might awake to its lamentable failures and its splendid opportunities. “ I have no new message to deliver to you,” he said, “but I can try again to say quite simply something of what God has been teaching me for one during the past year.” . . .

A notable feature of the congregation was the number of men in uniform, members of the forces of the overseas Dominions being particularly noticeable. It is to be feared that their impressions of the rendering of the worship of the English Church in one of its most famous shrines will not be flattering if they judge by their experience last Sunday.

 

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