Art Middlekauf is beginning a study through Charlotte Mason's 'Meditations:'
Recently I wrote the group about how in 1898, Charlotte Mason wrote a series of Sunday "Meditations" that were sent out to weekly subscribers. Taken together, these Meditations comprise a verse-by-verse devotional commentary on the first seven chapters of the Gospel of John. Later, beginning in 1908, these Meditations were reprinted in a series of issues of the Parents' Review. The reprints were essentially unchanged from the 1898 originals.
Known as the "Scale How 'Meditations'", this devotional commentary has been more or less unavailable to the modern Charlotte Mason community. But in the year 2000, Benjamin Bernier (now Dr. Bernier) went to Ambleside to conduct research for his doctoral thesis. While he was there, he found Elsie Kitching's bound collection of the original 1898 publications at the Armitt archive. As he was fascinated by the rich devotional and theological content, he painstakingly transcribed each Meditation. Shortly thereafter he found that the Meditations were reprinted in the Parents' Review. So he used the text of the Parents' Review to correct his transcription wherever necessary, and to confirm that the Meditations were essentially unchanged.
Dr. Bernier's transcriptions have been unavailable to the general public--until yesterday. Just last night I received an email from him stating that his compilation of the "Scale How 'Meditations'" is now available, complete with his own introduction and footnotes. The book is available from Lulu.com, and may be purchased as either a printed book or as a downloadable PDF. Here is the direct link to his book in the store.
I would like to invite this group to join me in a week by week study of the Meditations. I propose that we follow the general approach that Miss Mason used, and set aside time on Sunday afternoons to prayerfully read the accompanying passage of Scripture, and then study Charlotte Mason's verse-by-verse reflections on the passage. Sometime on that Sunday, I will send out questions for discussion and reflection, and then we can engage with the text through the week over email.
I propose that we start reading next Sunday, July 3. The schedule would be as follows:
Sunday, July 03, 2011 : number 2 (John 1:1-11)
Sunday, July 10, 2011 : number 3 (John 1:12-18)
Sunday, July 17, 2011 : number 4 (John 1:18-29)
Sunday, July 24, 2011 : number 5 (John 1:29-34)
Sunday, July 31, 2011 : number 6 (John 1:35-43)
Sunday, August 07, 2011 : number 7 (John 1:43-51)
Sunday, August 14, 2011 : number 8 (John 2:1-11)
Sunday, August 21, 2011 : number 9 (John 2:12-19)
Sunday, August 28, 2011 : number 10 (John 2:23-3:15)
Sunday, September 04, 2011 : number 11 (John 3:8-17)
Sunday, September 11, 2011 : number 12 (John 3:22-4:4)
Sunday, September 18, 2011 : number 13 (John 4:4-42)
Sunday, September 25, 2011 : number 14 (John 4:43-54)
Sunday, October 02, 2011 : number 15 (John 5:1-16)
Sunday, October 09, 2011 : number 16 (John 5:17-24)
Sunday, October 16, 2011 : number 17 (John 5:24-29)
Sunday, October 23, 2011 : number 18 (John 5:30-45)
Sunday, October 30, 2011 : number 19 (John 6:1-14)
Sunday, November 06, 2011 : number 20 (John 6:15-22)
Sunday, November 13, 2011 : number 21 (John 6:22-28)
Sunday, November 20, 2011 : number 22 (John 6:27-35)
Sunday, November 27, 2011 : number 23 (John 6:36-45)
Sunday, December 04, 2011 : number 24 (John 6:45-60)
Sunday, December 11, 2011 : number 25 (John 6:61-68)
Sunday, December 18, 2011 : number 26 (John 7:1-13)
Sunday, December 25, 2011 : number 27 (John 7:14-24)
Sunday, January 01, 2012 : number 28 (John 7:25-35)
Sunday, January 08, 2012 : number 29 (John 7:37-49)
Sunday, January 15, 2012 : number 30 (John 7:40-50)
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Last updated Oct 26, 2010
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Where are we reading now?
We started studies in Volume 1, Volume 3, and Volume 5 in August. You can read along in one of those volumes, or all; it's up to you.
~ Vol 1 Study Schedule ~ (Read Vol 1 online in original language or modern paraphrase)