What’s in a name?

NameThat which we call a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet

After Stations of the Cross last night our Bible study group looked at the call of Abraham. We had a very interesting discussion about our given names. Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (Genesis 17.5), Sarai’s to Sarah.

We’ve a wonderful collection of Christian names in our congregations from Amalinda to Edward, from Admos to Vinnette. Behind most of our names there are historical meanings, and some families choose the name because of the meaning, and share that meaning with the children. Andrew, our churchwarden, has an African name – Ozasowie meaning the evening is greater than the morning, or look to the future. Budabeuze means life is wealth.

Do you know the meaning of your personal name?

Trish asked us, in the Bible Study if we could choose a name significant to our spiritual journey, what would it be? For her it was Dorcas.

And Fr Ian reminded us of T S Eliot’s fun poem ‘The Naming of Cats’ suggesting we have a very special name:

When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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