A HAPPY MORNING in company with a local group from hereabouts of the Companions of the Community of the Resurrection (CCR) for whom I’m Chaplain. Their name speaks of what they are, and aspire to be further, companions: companying with God, with the monastic  community based in Mirfield, and with one another, in the quiet grace and witness of prayer, shaped and fashioned by a simple Rule of Life. Their presence lent an additional quiet attentiveness to our celebration of the Eucharist this morning. The lectionary epistle was the surprise gift it always is: “God is love, and those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them” (1 John 4.16).

Should anyone ever feel that the Church of England might be renamed I’d be in favour of The Companions of the Community of the Resurrection – but lovely as they are I’m not sure how kindly CCR would take to having their name nicked!