Christ, our Light
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Feast of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170

The Bible is appointed to be read in churches, where the voice struggles helplessly against the handicaps of an Elizabethan vocabulary, a solemn occasion, an overpowering background, a mute assembly, and acoustics with a two-second echo. The more “beautifully and impressively” it is read, the more unreal it sounds. Most unreal of all is the speech of the story’s central character—every word a “familiar quotation,” pulpit-dissected, sifted, weighed, burdened with a heavy accretion of prophetic and exegetical importance. In a sense not contemplated by the Evangelist, we feel it to be true that never man spake as this man, for by this time the words have lost all likeness to the speech of a living person.
... Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957), Unpopular Opinions, London: Gollancz, 1946, New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1947, p. 19-20 (see the book; see also Matt. 23:23,37; Luke 11:48; Acts 7:51-53; 1 Tim. 1:3-4; 6:3-5; Tit. 3:9; more at Bible, Church, Helplessness, Life, Man, People)

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