Chapel of Julian in Norwich, England According to my differing sources, Julian spoke to her God in a vision, asking why evil was necessary in the world The answer she got wat that it was indeed necessary, but that "All will be well; all manner of things shall be well" (Loosely remembered) That, then, became Julian of Norwich was born in 1341 in Norwich, England, 160 km north-east of London. All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. In a letter to his good friend Owen Barfield, dated June 2, 1940, Lewis invokes Julian of Norwich (1342-1416). Julian’s true identity and origins remain obscured. ', 'He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but he said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome. "All Shall Be Well " - Lyrics from the album The Gift This song based on the famous statement by Julian of Norwich reveals the healing power of compassion. Among the many you will find on YouTube is this surprising bit from Pete Townsend’s musical The Iron Man. Julian of Norwich. She is called Julian after the Church of St Julian in Norwich, where she was an anchoress. It’s what one murmurs to an old woman at the graveside of someone she loved for more than sixty years: It’s what we whisper to ourselves so we don’t sink below the point of no return. For more articles on mindfulness, visit me at www.marlaneainsworth.com, A newsletter that delivers Live Your Life On Purpose's most popular stories to your inbox once a month. I hope it helps you. Tolkien in his essay “On Fairy Stories” writes about a similar idea. Try Websters instead.). All of these words work. Though our famous red doors are temporarily closed, Emmanuel Church is thriving, even under the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we would call this a near-death experience (NDE). The Story of Julian of Norwich Julian of Norwich (c.1342-c.1413) was a fourteenth century English mystic and theologian who lived as an anchoress outside the walls of St. Julian’s Church in Norwich. said: “It behooved that there should be sin, but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”. but all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well. When he says “I may,” I understand this to apply to the Father; and when he says “I can,” I understand it for the Son; and when he says “I will,” I understand it for the Holy Spirit; and when he says “I shall,” I understand it for the unity of the blessed Trinity, three persons and one truth; and when he says “You will see yourself,” I understand it for the union of all men, Perhaps the best known paraphrase of this paragraph comes from a 1940 letter from C. S. Lewis to his friend Owen Barfield: “, “‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well’”, — This is from Lady Julian of Norwich whom I have been reading lately, ” … and who seems, in the Fifteenth century, to have rivaled Thomas Aquinas’ reconciliation of Aristotle and Christianity by nearly reconciling Christianity with Kant.”, “Compline” — The Evening Prayers of the Church. For most of her adult life, she was an anchoress, which means she pledged herself to an ascetic and hermetic life of prayer and worship. While accepting the last rites she underwent a series of sixteen visions about the crucifixion, came face-to-face with Jesus Christ and conversed with him. Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go. He partnered with English music hall performer Donald Swann on many songs, and scored a minor hit with a bit of snark in the “Last Cigarette.” (I am saving his “Sing John Ball” for a future posting.). In it she tells of the visions she had in 1373. I like this version, which is probably pretty close to what Carter intended. Julian is a Christian mystic known for her 16 visions that she recorded in Revelations of Divine Love. We will come and make our dwelling in you, Alleluia! The song the Gordon Bok, Annie Muir and Ed Trickett are singing comes from the pen of Sydney Carter. Our ministries have "changed, not ended" — to quote from our Prayerbook. Take a look, How to pluck the juicy fruit from your day. As a translator of the mystics, I plunge into the wellspring of their wisdom and remain immersed, until they have told me all … When he says “I may,” I understand this to apply to the Father; and when he says “I can,” I understand it for the Son; and when he says “I will,” I understand it for the Holy Spirit; and when he says “I shall,” I understand it for the unity of the blessed Trinity, three persons and one truth; and when he says “You will see yourself,” I understand it for the union of all men [sic] who will be saved in the blessed Trinity. . She lived in a cell attached to the church. Greear. Jesus . Julian of Norwich 1342-1423 (ish) Thomas Merton writes of Julian of Norwich 'I think Julian of Norwich is, with Newman, the greatest English theologian' : a pretty significant statement in itself. Close family members gathered by her bedside and the local curate was called. [C G Abm Dm Bb F Ab Am A B Gm Em Bm] Chords for All Shall Be Well - Julian of Norwich / Moody Blues with capo transposer, play along with guitar, piano, ukulele & mandolin. Thank for reading! While undergoing her NDE, Julian took advantage of the situation and asked Christ a question you’ve probably asked yourself at least once in your life: Why would a loving God allow sin (and thus suffering) to enter the world? And in these five words God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and peace. All shall be well. In a couple of recent posts I have made some mention of the music which is getting me from day to day — and more importantly, breaking up the days — during what seems increasingly like a lock down rather than a “sheltering in place.”, And so our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well, and I will make all things well; and you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well. Author: Julian of Norwich; Adapter: Steven C. Warner Tune: [All will be well, and all will be well] Published in 1 hymnal Author: Julian of Norwich (no biographical information available about Julian of Norwich.) And so our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well, and I will make all things well; and you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well. 71 quotes from Julian of Norwich: 'All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. We make choices. This is the text which has become so familiar in one of many shortened forms. The English Cabaret consists of a small handful of musical friends who produce a remarkable wide (and, may I say, eclectic) variety of videos. When Julian of Norwich was about 30 years old, she was struck with an illness so severe she knew she would not survive. A second small window allowed her to receive meager food rations and pass through her full chamber pot. (We’re not automatons. The “Bells of Norwich” is probably his second most popular church piece, followed by a spectacular Christmas piece — “Every Star Shall Sing a Carol” — which deserves way more play than it gets. Her book, variously titled from Revelations of Divine Love to simply Showings, is the oldest book we know of in English written by a woman. A Song of Our True Nature (Julian of Norwich) Christ revealed our frailty and our falling, our trespasses and our humiliations. Julian of Norwich was born in 1341 in Norwich, England, 160 km north-east of London. Here’s my favorite version, by old New England friends. The decision to become an anchoress was probably influenced by the fact that when she was thirty years old she almost died. ), Because it’s necessary and useful and advantageous. Information about supporting our 2020 Annual Budget is found at this link. From Norfolk, England, she is credited with the first book written by a woman in the English language. Tune: ALL WILL BE WELL, Steven C. Warner . (Julian of Norwich) Sometimes I can hardly believe what I get to do for a living. Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go. The third window provided a source of light, although it was covered with translucent material so no details of everyday life going on in the town were clear to her, no faces distinguishable. Emmanuel Church is entirely self-supporting and depends on your generosity for its ministries. To become an anchoress, Julian attended a solemn ceremony attended by the bishop. I’m beginning to understand why this quote has traveled so persistently down through time to arrive intact on our current world’s doorstep. Quote by Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well, and all shall be well and al...”. Our Lord God shewed that a deed shall be done, and Himself shall do it, and I It behoved that there should be sin; but all shall be well, and all shall be well. The most important one opened into the church so she could see the alter, join in divine services, and occasionally dispense godly wisdom to those who came to seek her advice. Andrew Peterson explains a little about how his version came to be. Out of the abundance of God’s goodness, His love will flow into your soul. ', and 'The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.' All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go All shall be well again, I know. . And so I hang in there, because God may, and God can, and God will, and God shall make all things well, and I shall see for myself. In it she assures us that "sin is necessary, but all shall be well. And this version features a “Flash Mob,” sadly something we are not likely to see again in the foreseeable future. Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love. You have undoubtedly heard the song “Lord of the Dance,” which became popular in church music in the 1970’s. Julian of Norwich is an anchoress—a woman who has set herself apart for God and lives isolated in a cell. We’ve probably crooned these words to a child with freshly grazed knees. So, Sydney Carter songs — there’s one rabbit hole to explore! We shall be troubled . Because it’s inevitable. This folk-style hymn of trust in God was written by English historian, folk-singer and song-writer Sydney Bertram Carter (1915-2004) - best known as the author of Lord of the Dance. All shall be well again I know. If you really love me you will keep my word: and my Abba will love you. Most of the pages on this website have been updated to reflect the circumstances. I did, and it isn’t in there. till we be fully purged of our deathly flesh which be not very good. Transactional or Transformational: What Kind of Faith Do You Have? How could she honestly proclaim “all shall be well” when the world around her was falling apart? With bowed head, she listened to psalms selected from the Office of the Dead which was usually sung at funerals. Her cell didn’t have a door, only three windows. . Julian of Norwich hardly dared ask it because it seemed rude, but the question burned within her, and, like most of us would — if given the opportunity — she blurted it out. . PSALMODY Antiphon. Let’s face it, a day seldom goes by in which we don’t sin at least once. They’re what you say to a young man who didn’t make it into the university of his choice. Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know. Leaving religious connotations aside, I’ll define it here as falling short of perfection. CHORUS All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go All shall be well again, I know.-----By Sydney Carter Although Revelations of Divine Love contains thousands of words, the ones that have become famous are contained in the phrase: All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. But his is not the only song that channels Julian’s mystical visions. *The remainder of this sentence reads ” … and who seems, in the Fifteenth century, to have rivaled Thomas Aquinas’ reconciliation of Aristotle and Christianity by nearly reconciling Christianity with Kant.” I so want to go there, comparing and contrasting ways of reconciling grand philosophical systems with revealed theology in the 14th and 15th centuries and up through the 19th century … but it would be a very lonely road! “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well” ... Today is the feast of Julian of Norwich (c. November 8, 1342 – c. 1416). ‘all shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well,’ Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love. Exploring the life and work of Christian mystic and theologian Julian of Norwich St Martin’s Voices Directed by Andrew Earis Organist Ben Giddens Music As truly as God is our Father (extract)... – Listen to All shall be well: Julian of Norwich by Great Sacred Music instantly on your tablet, phone or browser - no downloads needed. A long-time reader of this blog emailed me recently with the following question about Julian of Norwich: Lately I’ve been re-reading the Showings of Julian of Norwich and am struck by the number of times Julian implies that all will be saved. CHORUS All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go All shall be well again, I know. Shortly after her NDE, she recorded a short version of her mystic experience in a manuscript titled Revelations of Divine Love. Being less than what one could be. “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” – Julian of Norwich Everything you need is found in Christ and all your heart truly desires, is found in Christ. Sorry Dick Martin. And yet, despite the regularity with which sin pops up every day all over the planet like a mob of meerkats on a fine summer’s day, we’re told that all shall be well. Years ago, long before we arrived in Norwich I would sometimes quote the Lady Julian, using her best known saying. When she was administered last rites, she began to experience visions from God. x YouTube Video Saint Julian of Norwich was a 14th century anchorite. I’m not Julian of Norwich. Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know. All shall be well, I’m telling you, let the winter come and go. These simple words still offer hope and encourage positivity today, especially in the atmosphere in which we are all currently living. “ All shall be well”. They keep our heart company while we wait for an inkling to arise of what we must do now to make all things well after we’ve missed the mark. Listen to in while you read below. Sep 14, The chorus of the song comes from a vision that Julian of Norwich received from Jesus, that all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all. "All will be well and all will be well and every kind of thing shall be well." Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know. She reports Jesus telling her, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Behoved is an Old English word that can be translated as inevitable, necessary, useful, or advantageous. 4 Tips From a Japanese Forest-Therapy Researcher for a Healthier Life, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (Teen Edition) — J.D. Their take on the text features some original music and lovely pictures of the church in Norwich where Julian lived a large portion of her life as an “anchorite.”  (“Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls!”) (Oh, snap! A musical interlude to help us get through the election without losing our minds. While one can infer from her revelations that she is indeed a universalist, she never comes right out and says so. Julian of Norwich has been known by Christians through the centuries for her refrain, “All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” For some of us, this declaration seems trite at best, ignorant at worst. We’re drawn to these words because they’re a comforting promise. “All Shall Be Well Again” — Julian of Norwich Posted on May 8, 2020 by Emmanuel Church In a couple of recent posts I have made some mention of the music which is getting me from day to day — and more importantly, breaking up the days — during what seems increasingly like a lock down rather than a “sheltering in place.” Music Feature by Kathleen Deignan (That’s how we learn.). . It’s easy to fall short of perfection, miss the mark, be less than we could be. Daily Evening Prayers (“Compline”) at 8:45 PM here. All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go All shall be well again, I know. . . “But all will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well.” On May 13, the popular feast day of my beloved Julian of Norwich, I was struck again by her insights. A reverent and evocative setting of the timeless words of Julian of Norwich: “all shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” The verses. Carter was a professional song writer, which meant that he wrote whatever folks wanted and were willing to pay for. We are, as always, ready, willing, and able to respond to your needs. . I’m just Marlane of Youngs Siding, reminding you of an important message from a love-filled mystic who lived in a cell with no door for more than fifty years: When we say these words we begin to fulfill them. The song is … All shall be well, I'm telling you, let the winter come and go All shall be well again, I know. Twenty years later, incarcerated in her cell, she wrote an expanded version of the meaning of the sixteen visions. Julian of Norwich, the 14th-century English mystic, lived through the time of the Black Death, in addition to famine and war which affected her own city of Norwich. And if you are at all like me, there are plenty of each to go around these days. . Julian of Norwich: 'all shall be well' Features “Julian’s well known phrase that ‘all shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well’ comes from a place of great depth that assists us as we, too, face serious global health challenges in the COVID-19 environment,” says The Rev’d Penny Jones on Julian of Norwich, who is marked in our Lectionary on 8 May Back to Julian’s own words, please note that this comforting response is to her questions and doubts. On this feast of Julian of Norwich (1342—1423), it is appropriate to share a paragraph from the long book she wrote describing the visions she had while seriously ill around 1373. For most of her adult life, she was an anchoress, which means she … As a young woman she experienced a series of visions. Since 1868, the members and friends of Emmanuel have come together to worship and learn so that they in turn might care for each other and the community around them. So why on earth did it … Like her contemporaries of 1373, she is Roman Catholic and believes that the last rites give special sanctifying grace and strengthen a sick person bodily and spiritually at death. Fire up your favorite Search Engine and look up the lyrics to this one and you will be just as inspired as I was. The word sin is a short but heavily loaded word these days. J.R.R. Perhaps the best known paraphrase of this paragraph comes from a 1940 letter from C. S. Lewis to his friend Owen Barfield: ““‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well’” — This is from Lady Julian of Norwich whom I have been reading lately … *”. “God loved us… They steady our nerves and calm our souls. . She is an English mystic. Quote by Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well, and all shall be well and al...”. It is based on the work Revelations of Divine Love, by 14th century English mystic Julian of Norwich, and is sometimes called The Bells of Norwich.