Tag Archives: Church trappings

Bells and Smells?

Many of them, like Fr. Chadwick, are there [in the ACC] mainly because of the “smells and bells.” * * * Mmm… I am very rarely in England these days, so joining a Church because it uses incense and jangles … Continue reading

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Arts & Crafts and our Churches

The Arts & Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century is one of my recurring themes. Here is what I have already written related to this subject. In its time, it mainly concerned the homes of the well-to-do, those who … Continue reading

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Liturgical Colours

I recommend a look at The Colours of the Church Year in Full Homely Divinity. It depends what we’ve got in our sacristies and what’s wearing out. On the other hand, it gives some ideas for when we feel inclined … Continue reading

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Medieval Vestments

Modern Medievalism has a new article A look into the medieval parish church’s vestry: on vestments. The article is beautifully presented and illustrated. The explanations are very valuable, especially at an age where we can begin to wonder whether liturgical … Continue reading

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Sarum Revival

It’s an incredible “sticky” subject, and it seems to be best to teach by example rather than arguing it out. Back in 2010 and earlier, I speculated about such an idea being possible, not as something to be universally imposed … Continue reading

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A Lovely English Altar

Here is a fine English altar by Comper which I found on Facebook. The church is St Wilfrids, Cantley in Yorkshire. A comment says that the altar is still there but now has the big six on it. There is … Continue reading

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Minimalism and Brutalism

I have written a few times to reflect the fear of quite a few of us that we should see a return of the worst of the 1970’s and brutal bad taste. This is an example in Austria which is … Continue reading

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Churches of the Future

We live at a time when nearly all the churches around us are closing down and are being left to rot. The less historical of these buildings, mostly left to us from the Victorian era, are occasionally given or sold … Continue reading

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Noble Simplicity and Beauty

I feel inclined to offer a few reflections on the beauty of the liturgy. I’m far from being the first, as I do little more than resume a theme of Benedict XVI: The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes … Continue reading

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Palmar de Troya

This is just a little sideshow whilst thinking of Spanish-speaking Popes, perhaps to go with some of those bishops who misrepresent themselves as Roman Catholics. So, don’t take this article too seriously. I have never had anything to do with … Continue reading

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