Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Maranatha, Ecumenism. St. Piran & Methodism. Gwennap Pit.Baroness Caroline Cox. Dom John Main.

Rambulation had never heard of Maranatha until a visitor came to a church in Truro, Cornwall, to talk about it.
Maranatha is an international Christian community scattered among all Christian denominations. The aim of Maranathans is "to help people in their walk as Christians where they live, work and worship".
The word Maranatha appears in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: 1 Cor 16:22.
"If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha".
The above King James' Bible translation just leaves the last two words as is. So one isn't any the wiser really. Unless a scholar of the Bible.
Turning in mild desperation to the English Standard Version 2001, the translation reads
"If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!"
It is always interesting to see how words differ in translation. Or get lost. One usually thinks of anathema as an object of loathing, but here it means cursed.

Dom John Main OSB
John Main OSB (1926–1982) was a Catholic Benedictine monk who started a way of Christian meditation using the prayer-phrase or mantra ‘Maranatha’. In 1975 Main began Christian meditation groups  at Ealing Abbey, London and later in Montreal. These were the origins of the ecumenical network of Christian meditation groups which have become the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).(Wikipedia).

Bishop Terence Brain - RC Bishop of Salford, blessed the Maranatha Community on their 30th anniversary last year.


Cornwall is used to visitors coming to preach Christianity. Here we think of our 6th century abbot St. Piran, (who may have come here from Ireland), the patron saint of tin-miners whose white cross on black is the Cornish flag, seen recently and justifiably waving like mad at the Olympic Games.

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John Wesley too came to Cornwall in the 18th century 32 times, often to the beautiful open-air Gwennap Pit, where he preached Methodism.

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