Tag Archives: Advent

Cry to the Night

Words fail me as I look at the news and Facebook pages and see the blindness descending upon England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It now seems late in the day to denounce details of the political process leading to … Continue reading

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Sol Invictus and the Rite of Spring

We Christians usually come out with the same gripe each year when supermarkets start selling Christmas goods in October and Easter eggs and chocolate for children are on the shelves before the Epiphany Octave is over! Perhaps there is something … Continue reading

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O Sapientia

It all starts today in the Use of Sarum, because we have an extra O antiphon, O Virgo virginum. Here is an article on The Other Major Antiphons for the End of Advent which contains a link to another fine NLM … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

We find ourselves in something of a quandary this year about the concurrence of the fourth Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve. My Sarum ordo by Dr William Renwick quotes the following from the Pie: 4th of Advent All of … Continue reading

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Ember Wednesday of Advent

Ember Wednesday of Advent at Sarum Now and again, we get some nice surprises from the New Liturgical Movement. They often show an interest in the Use of Sarum.

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Wachet auf!

The same theme keeps coming back into my mind as I live some very special moments in my life. I have deliberately chosen the title that reminds us of the Bach cantata to which I linked a week ago, Wachet … Continue reading

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Bach’s Cantata on Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

Quoted from the You Tube page: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 (1731) Boy Soprano: Alan Bergius Tenor: Kurt Equiluz Bass: Thomas Hampson Chorus master: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden Tölzer Knabenchor Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Concentus musicus Wien I. Chorus: Wachet … Continue reading

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Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme

So begins the famous cantata of Bach from the Lutheran Advent hymn. Wake, arise, loud call the voices of Watchmen so high in the tower, Wake up, O Jerusalem! I remember this cantata being sung entirely as the anthem at … Continue reading

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The Christmas Build-up

Most years, Christmas seems to have become something gruesome and obscene, going by the sights we see in our supermarkets and shopping centres. For them, Christmas has already begun. Lights and signs are already in place in our towns, and … 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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