Monthly Archives: January 2012

Participatio actuosa

I have adopted a Latin expression – participatio actuosa – which, without taking the trouble to check, seems to be an expression used in the Vatican II constitution on the liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium. It concerns the roles of those present … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Victorian Sarum

If anyone still mentions the Use of Sarum nowadays, it is certainly due to the Catholic and liturgical movement in the Church of England during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Most frequently, research into medieval liturgical usage was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Celtic Christianity

Celtic Christianity falls into two clear categories: historical and modern revival attempts.The Celts are the peoples of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, parts of England and Brittany. The Celtic Church was unique to these peoples, and is reputed to be one of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 25 Comments

Northern Catholicism is not without its critics

I have just been to my letterbox and found two big brown envelopes from Dr William Tighe, that indefatigable scholar from Pennsylvania. He keeps sending me books and articles, and he is obviously someone with whom I would spend a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 4 Comments

How might it be possible to construct a Christian micro-society?

I have always been fascinated by smallness and intimacy, and by the idea of what I might term a Christian micro-society. I am far from being the first to think of it. We have reams about a socio-political theory called … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Spirit of Reviving Liturgical Rites

The biggest temptation, when proceeding with a practical revival of something like the Use of Sarum, is purism. It is the same aesthetic purism as a recent rebuilding of the famous Cliquot organ in Poitiers Cathedral. Instead of being content … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Odo Casel and Liturgical Theology

Here is another resend of an old Anglo-Catholic posting, which I think is of particular interest to a Platonic way of thinking. * * * What I am going to discuss is the theology of the European Liturgical Movement and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment