Preface of the Dedication of a Church
[Common of a Theologian and Teacher]
[Of the Holy Spirit]
[Of the Incarnation]
[For All Baptized Christians]
PRAYER (traditional language)
O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all creatures: Grant that thy church, taught by thy servant Evelyn Underhill, may continually offer to thee all glory and thanksgiving, and attain with thy saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast promised us by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, now and forever. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language)
O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all creatures: Grant that your church, taught by your servant Evelyn Underhill, may continually offer to you all glory and thanksgiving, and attain with your saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have promised us by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.
This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018 with revised lessons and collects.
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Last updated: 14 April 2019
THEOLOGIAN AND MYSTIC (15 JUNE 1941)
To go up alone into the mountains and come
back as an ambassador to the world, has ever been the method of
humanity's best friends.
windows of Christ's Mysteries split the [Light] up into many-coloured
loveliness, disclose all of its hidden richness...make its beauty more
accessible to us...And within this place we too are bathed in the
light transmitted by the windows, a light which is yet the very radiance
of Eternity. Evelyn
Underhill was born in 1875 and grew up in London. Her friends included
Laurence Housman (poet and brother of the poet A E Housman) and Sarah
Bernhardt (actress), and Baron Friedrich von Huegel, a writer on theology
and mysticism. Largely under his guidance, she embarked on a life of reading,
writing, meditation, and prayer. From her studies and experience she produced
a series of books on contemplative prayer. The list includes the following
(I have starred the ones that seem to be most widely read or highly regarded):
1902 The Bar-lamb's Ballad (poetry)
1911 Mysticism **
Mystic Way *
1913 Immanence (poetry)
and the Supernatural
Mystery of Sacrifice
Miss Underhill (Mrs. Hubert Stuart Moore) taught that the life of contemplative
prayer is not just for monks and nuns, but can be the life of any Christian
who is willing to undertake it. She also taught that modern psychological
theory, far from being a threat to contemplation, can fruitfully be used
to enhance it. In her later years, she spent a great deal of time as a
lecturer and retreat director. She died on June 15, 1941.