A Thought from Fr Stanton: Never be ashamed of the Blood of Christ

Never you be ashamed of the Blood of Christ. I know it is not the popular religion of the day. They will call it mediævalism, but you know as well as possible that the whole Bible from cover to cover is incarminated, reddened with the Blood of Christ.

Never you be ashamed of the Blood of Christ. You are Blood-bought Christians. It is the song of the redeemed, of the saints, and of all Christians on earth—redeemed by His Blood. You never be ashamed of it. The uniform we Christians wear is scarlet. If you are ashamed of the uniform, for goodness’ sake, man, leave the service. Oh! never be ashamed of Christ! That is the song of the redeemed: ‘To Him be glory and praise for ever, Amen.’

And the second thing is this: Let us all remember that our religion is the religion of a personal Saviour. It is not a system of ethics, it is not a scheme of philosophy, it is not a conclusion of science, but it is personal love to a personal living Saviour—that is our religion! Why, when you can hear the voice of Christ off the altar to-day at Mass, ‘DO this in remembrance of Me.’ ‘You’ and ‘Me.’ He ‘Christ’—“me”—remembrance’—‘Don’t forget Me here at the Altar’ our Lord says to you—‘I will never forget you—don’t you ever forget Me.’ ‘Do this in remembrance of Me.’ It is a personal religion, by which we can say, ‘He loved me, and gave Himself for me’—‘The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.’ And then, in all your experiences, however deep they may be, when you enter into the shadow of death, and go through the agony of the dissolution of your body—you can say: ‘He loved me, and gave Himself for me.’ He loved me and washed me from my sins His Blood, to Him be glory and dominion and praise henceforth for ever, Amen.

Father Stanton’s Last Sermons in S. Alban’s, Holborn, ed E.F. Russell, London, 1916, pp. 312-3

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