Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year!

I wish my readers a happy and safe New Year. I think most of my readers are reasonable folk and won’t be drunken driving or whatever! My wife and I will have a friend with us, and we will eat … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

An excellent article has just been published on The New Liturgical Movement – “What Is Most Deeply Human”: Two Contrasting Approaches to Nostalgia. I have heard the discussions and read the literature for and against the traditional Roman liturgy from … Continue reading

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Sadness at Christmas

I don’t know about you who are reading this posting, but I often find a great sadness in Christmas in the midst of merry-making, rich food, presents and our efforts to celebrate the real Christmas in our liturgies, devotions and … Continue reading

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A Year Passes

I note that some readers have been looking at posts I wrote a year ago on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day. You can look in the archives of this blog. Re-reading the posts, we were all in … Continue reading

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Merrie Christmass

I convey my Christmas greeting to all those to whom I have not been able to write individually. May this feast of the Nativity renew the joy and hope of Christ in us all. All hosts, above, beneath, Sing the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Article on the O Antiphons

The Great Antiphons… I am very heartened to see Patricius’ blog re-activating. May the flower continue to open! Today in the Use of Sarum is the last one (since we sing O Sapientia on 16th December instead of the 17th … Continue reading

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And a parish came back in from the cold…

A link was given by a kind soul in a comment on the Orthodox Blow-Out Department. It is worthy of note here. In brief, a continuing Anglican parish that joined the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia has returned to continuing … Continue reading

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Reno Erat Rudolphus, Nasum Rubrum Habebat

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was written in the twelfth century by a monk of the Abbey of Melk. Or was it? Your guess is as good as mine. I found it on Facebook.

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Does the Liturgy ever Exist in a Natural State?

On reading Dale’s comment in my previous posting asking me whether I would develop my response to Rubricarius as a full posting, I gave the matter thought. The question is really how the liturgy “lives” in the life of the … Continue reading

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The Golden Mass

Ember Wednesday of Advent comes up tomorrow. In the middle-ages, it was usually the custom to transfer feasts away from Rorate Wednesday. John XXIII happily restored the predominance of the Advent Ember Days in 1961, but they were done away … Continue reading

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