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Fourth Sunday of Advent

I am still nervously exhausted and will not be recording anything. The only thing I can do presently to bring anything good to others is by writing. Like Lent, this is a holy season that brings us the joy of … Continue reading

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Rejoice in the Lord Alway

We arrive at the third Sunday in Advent, and I offer this recording by St John’s College in Cambridge of Purcell’s “Bell Anthem”, Rejoice in the Lord alway. These are the words of the Officium (Introit) of the Mass. They … Continue reading

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Excita, Domine…

This is a spiritual conference for the Sunday Last before Advent. I have not recorded Mass today. To be frank, I am going through a period of tiredness and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I am sure that the lockdown … Continue reading

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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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