In So Many Words

In his section on The Calendar of the Church Year Dr. Hatchett has included many terms that once again have me running to Google, Wikipedia and The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.  Here are a few  words that we don’t have much call for in today’s lexicon:

Sabbatarianism (Hatchett page 41) was – and is – a movement to restore strict observance of the Sabbath in accordance with the Fourth Commandment.  Protestant reformers in England and Scotland advocated laws to keep people from working, playing games or even walking on the Sabbath.  When the Puritans came to America they brought their ideas about the Sabbath with them and soon colonies were enacting “blue laws.”  Today some states still have laws about purchasing or drinking alcohol on Sundays, but slowly states are relaxing and are giving up these regulations.  In the United Kingdom, Day One, previously known as the Lord’s Day Observance Society, is maintaining the Puritan world view on Sabbath observance.

Non-jurors (page 82), from the word nonjuring meaning “not swearing,” were a group of nine bishops, about 400 priests and a large number of laypeople (oh, I guess back then they would be called “laymen”) who would not swear allegiance to William of Orange as king after the Revolution of 1688.  They believed that in doing so they would be breaking their previous oath to James II.  Their position created a schism in the Church of England until the last Stuart heir died in France in 1788.

Forest laws (page 83) governed the Royal Forest system that was introduced by William the Conqueror to preserve open space and wild life in England.  The opportunities for abuse of this system were many.  The flora and fauna were made available to those who could afford to pay and the poor who lived on the land were considered poachers and were oppressed by the foresters and rangers who served the king.  This adds another dimension to the Robin Hood story or, if you are staying current with your young adult literature, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Earlier in the week we read the 23rd Psalm.  Here are a couple of interpretations from YouTube that you might enjoy:

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