Daily Archives: January 20, 2014

Epistles

monkThis week Father Bryan’s sermon included a topic that my wife and I have spoken of recently. The fact that my generation was taught in great detail how to write letters; not a letter, but a wide range of letters, but this is no longer the practice.

The sermon focused on how the Epistles in the Bible have a particular construction and of how we used to learn how to construct various types of letters in specific styles.

We had to write a letter ordering merchandise, and another asking to return it. We practiced writing to Congressmen, Senators and the Governor. Each had a specific style including the honorific title for the various people, usually different on the envelope than the salutation.

They no longer teach such skills, since today’s communication is in terse abbreviations.

“Waddup?”

“How R U?”

I have to admit, although a bit stilted, I do prefer the archaic, “I hope this letter finds you well.”