Sarum at St Cyprian Clarence Gate, 2002 version

A series of photos were taken in 2002 by John Salmon replicating the original Alcuin Club volume of the 1920s Ceremonial Pictured in Photographs. These images were commissioned by the Gild of Clerks and taken at the Comper church of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. The photo reproduced here is from this collection and intended to attract attention to the originals.

Go to the link and click on each of the small photos. Below, you will find the old black-and-white 1920s photo.

As in the original black-and-white photos, this is a “sarumised” Prayer Book service and not the real Use of Sarum. Nevertheless, the photos are impressive.

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3 Responses to Sarum at St Cyprian Clarence Gate, 2002 version

  1. Alan Robinson says:

    It is very interesting to compare the old and new photographs. My impression and I know that I nitpick, is that the albs in 2002 seem of poorer quality and quantity and that in the old pictures they looked fuller,also, because cssocks were worn underneath.

    • Dale says:

      Hello Alan, I am not replying to your interesting observation, but I can only seem to access the response if I use “reply.”

      Has anyone been to St Cyprian’s recently? The last time I attended the parish the rite was more or less the novus ordo in traditional English celebrated ad orientem with most of the Mass sung from the sedelia and not at the altar.

  2. Sacerdos says:

    I haven’t been to St Cyprian’s for about 50 years, and back then it had been “Romanized”, with a fine “big six” and crucifix and a small circular tabernacle (maybe all by Comper?) on the high altar. When did it revert to “Sarum” ways? Are they using the aumbry in the north wall for reservation? If so it’s a shame it’s hidden by the riddel curtain – a hanging pyx might be preferable.

    I’m sure the comments on modern albs are fully justified – albs & cassocks today don’t have a fraction of the fullness they used to have, just as so much over-priced church metalware nowadays is lightweight and trashy.

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