Memory and Faith

Pavarotti is dead. Now that his voice is still we have recordings of his gift of song. In the past we would have only have had rumor and legend of the wonders of his craft. Today we have recordings of his music. It is not the same but it is something precious nevertheless.

How we wish we had such of Jesus to hear the teaching on the Mount or at Emmaus. What we have is the memory of the community of faith. We remember … [the word is anamnesis – to remember with power – an event in the past the power thereby that continues through the present into the future.] This is the word used in the language of the Book of Common Prayer, Eucharistic Prayer B – We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection and we await his coming in glory.