Friday, December 17, 2021

Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L Sayers, Apologist and Spiritual Writer, 1957

The Collect:

Almighty God, who strengthened your servant Dorothy Sayers with eloquence to defend Christian teaching: Keep us, we pray, steadfast in your true religion, that in constancy and peace we may always teach right doctrine, and teach doctrine rightly; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an English writer and scholar, born at Oxford in 1893, the only child of an Anglican clergyman. She studied medieval literature at Oxford (Somerville College), being one of the first women to graduate (1915) from that university.

She is the author of numerous works of fiction, plays, non-fiction, and translation.

Perhaps, one of her most notable works is the 1938 essay, "The Dogma is the Drama," in which she states that Christian dogma is often thought dull because people have no idea what it affirms. If they understood the teachings found in the Creeds, they might eagerly embrace them, or indignantly reject them as too far-fetched to be considered, or wistfully reject them as too good to be true, but they would not be bored. She gives a satirical account of what the average moderately educated non-Christian thinks that the Church teaches.

Dorothy L. Sayers died 17 December 1957, leaving her translation of The (Divine) Comedy of Dante unfinished. The last thirteen cantos and the notes and commentary to the Paradiso were supplied by her friend and fellow Dante scholar, Dr. Barbara Reynolds.*

The Lectionary, James Kiefer,