“As the elastic touches my ears”

St John Henry Newman composed Lead Kindly Light and the Mission of My Life prayer. Dick Bott gives you…

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34 Responses to “As the elastic touches my ears”

  1. stackja

    Prayer said with mask on or off?

  2. Herodotus

    This is showbiz – political tap dancing, not religion.

  3. Tom

    Ode to a big government fascist compliance muzzle.

    The human race is going backwards to 1930s Germany at 100 miles an hour.

  4. Cassie of Sydney

    I wonder how many congregants Reverend Bott has? I will hazard a guess…not many.

  5. candy

    Well he’s sure on himself.
    Talking about his smile and crinkly eyes. Obviously been staring in the mirror admiring himself.

  6. calli

    Memo to this weirdo “shepherd”.

    Face masks are not a Sacrament.

  7. H B Bear

    Does he have anything for a plague of locusts?

  8. one old bruce

    Sounded like a prayer for putting on vestments (if there is one), rejected by Reformers, but:

    An odor of idolatry there Rev.

  9. Tel

    The same people will tell you that it was Trump who politicized the whole mask issue.

    This despite Trump being the first one to recommend masks are worth a try, back in March when hardly any masks were available and he suggested wearing a scarf as a temporary option.


  10. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    IS this why the trolls are pulling condoms on their heads?

  11. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.”

    Numpties like Bott are insane embarrassing imbeciles that I am fed up having to share a planet with.

    In any just world, the dreaded Bat Flu would have shuffled him off this mortal coil around the first time we ever had the misfortune to hear about it.

  12. Bruce

    Well, that’s his fifteen minutes.

  13. Albatross

    ἐνδύσασθε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ.


  14. BrettW

    With all the things going on in the world I have to wonder why this prayer by a Canadian merits its own thread.

  15. calli

    Mask wearing has become a fetish, BrettW. This is another manifestation. Virtue is signalled by wearing one. Extra virtue by saying a prayer as it is put on.

    It’s not a ridiculous proposition to imagine it as a future form of social credit currency. Perhaps a “health card” will be the matching passport.

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    In the Middle Ages people used to wear all sorts of interesting lockable metal devices to protect their chastity. Maybe we could go back to that age, since the iron protectors would be roughly as effective, but much more educational for people like this guy. And throw away the key.

  17. Jock

    My old granny (died 1970) was “Wee Free Church of Scotland” and would have been rather angry at this utter piffle. Oh how the Presbyterian Church has changed.

  18. Roberto

    His Lordship ought rather to suggest prayers for the repose of the souls of those who have died from the virus.

  19. Bushkid

    What the actual F*ck????

    The madness of crowds – worldwide mad crowds. Clearly many of this human race do not deserve the life and intelligence they’ve been graced with.

    If there’s a prayer to be said, make it that such fools are granted enlightenment.

  20. Bushkid

    #3662491, posted on November 17, 2020 at 7:03 pm
    Memo to this weirdo “shepherd”.

    Face masks are not a Sacrament.

    + 1000!

  21. JR

    I bind unto myself today
    The strong Name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same
    The Three in One and One in Three…


    What an age!

    Sancte Patrícius, ora pro nobis!

  22. Roberto

    ἐνδύσασθε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ Θεοῦ.


    πρòς τò δύνασθαι ὑμᾶς στῆναι πρòς τàς μεθοδείας τοῦ διαβόλου.

  23. Tel

    Oh how the Presbyterian Church has changed.

    They used to be hard working and hard bitten skeptics if anyone was selling snake oil.

    I vaguely remember that grandad had some nicknacks around the place and one of them showed the red right hand on display. No one explained what it meant, and when you are a kid these things grab your curiosity for a while … but it was just an ornament. Feels like it happened quite a while ago … can’t even remember but it might have been in the corner of a painting.

    He wasn’t a particularly religious man … not often seen in church. Scowled a lot, and cursed in a raspy whisper under his breath. Very good to his friends and family.

  24. one old bruce

    Wow Tel, I knew nothing about the Red Right Hand but now I see

    ‘Raised Red Right Hand

    A tradition amongst the Ulster Scots is that their Right Hand symbol may find its genesis in the Bible:…’

  25. Faye

    There’s a difference between people choosing to wear a mask for personal reasons (eg the Japanese) against making masks mandatory. We here know what’s next if power falls into the wrong hands but most people don’t.

  26. Shane

    I dare say a lot of moslem women similarly also put on the hijab not only as protection by avoiding sending randy men out of control with the sight of their hair & but also as a sign that they are just not that sort of girl.

  27. Entropy

    Well fuck me. I mean, fuck me.

  28. Ozman

    Forget about the sacrament of the breath of life. For unless it is filtered by a mask it is not a sacrament at all.

    The PCR tests are useless. They are dodgy. The masks are useless. They are scare prop for the gullible.

  29. NuThink

    Oh how the Presbyterian Church has changed.

    That is the version of old which has now changed to the version of Woke.

    What does Presby mean?
    elder, old man
    word-forming element meaning “old,” from Greek presby-, combining form of presbys “elderly, aged,” as a noun, “elder, old man,” which is of uncertain and much debated origin and phonetic development (some Doric forms have -g- in place of -b-).

  30. Amadeus

    Can I start laughing now?

  31. Annie

    @Amadeus: Yes, feel free. In the meantime please pass me the sick bucket.

  32. Mother Lode

    Dear Lord, equal of Al-lah and Buddha and Para Brahman,

    Look down upon me now as I don my mask
    Make it a physical and spiritual barrier between myself and others
    Protect me from my fellow man whose skin fair ripples and purls with deathly infection.
    Let this mask be a staying hand
    Let it hold me back when the sight of the sick would propel me to give comfort
    Let it restrain me if I see the bleeding man beneath a car
    Or the man desolate man groaning from an attack by wicked men.
    Let those who shun your garment of protection be struck down
    Let them be wracked like with a hundred daggers
    Let their skin weep from sores and discharge noisome filth from their bowlels.
    Let their fathers shutter their doors, let their friends take turns with their wives.
    Instead, love me for my obedience in despising my fellow man and the peril the embody.

    And burn downs the Jones’ house at 135 Evergreen Crescent because they think their new pool means they are better than me.


  33. John A

    Mother Lode #3663046, posted on November 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Dear Lord, equal of Al-lah and Buddha and Para Brahman,

    Sorry no, they are not all the same.

    Rev 1:17-18 I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

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