Monthly Archives: March 2012

Anglican Church Music to the Rescue

If Not Sacred Music, but Sounds of Attack by Sandro Magister is anything to go by, the Roman musical tradition is on its last legs. On the other hand, the choir of Westminster Abbey is welcomed in Rome to sing … Continue reading

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Castrati

My old blogger friend Arturo has produced a very interesting posting On the castrati, concerning an old practice of castrating pre-pubescent boys so that their voices do not break. They continued to be able to sing with a high soprano voice. … Continue reading

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Reflections about ‘vagante’ clergy and independent churches

This subject often comes up in the blogosphere, and reactions tend to be like those of orthodox Old Testament Jews in regard to people like the Samaritans. Uncanonical clergy are often seen as a kind of parasite and a threat … Continue reading

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The Annunciation of Our Lady

I link here to a sermon by Canon Arthur Middleton, a distinguished Anglican priest and academic of Durham University. I recently had the great privilege of meeting him. The Feast, this year, is transferred because of the fifth Sunday of … Continue reading

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Passion Sunday

In many churches, the statues and crosses are veiled in violet as from Passion Sunday, or the fifth Sunday of Lent. My chapel goes into Lenten Array just before Ash Wednesday and the images are veiled in off-white trimmed with … Continue reading

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Holy Week in Normandy

In the extremely unlikely event that any of you readers would find themselves in Normandy during Holy Week, you would be welcome to come along. I have planned Holy Week and Easter as follows at the chapel of the Chaplaincy … Continue reading

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Use of the Roman rite by Anglicans

This is the first of a short series of modest articles on the theme of Anglican Papalism. I will endeavour to refrain from polemics, but it is possible to see the real issues without treading on other people’s toes, taking … Continue reading

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