My website, now renamed As the Sun in its Orb – in fact a former title of this blog, has laid dormant and on “hard standing” like a boat out of water for quite a long time. I have given the matter quite a lot of thought, because I was running a website long before I discovered the blog. I tend to be slow on the uptake with technical developments, and I need a lot of courage to take the plunge. Therefore, the blog is a kind of “running journal”, a web-log that gave the word blog. I think it would be appropriate to turn my website into a kind of “reference library” exclusively on the theme of an embryo movement for the revival of liturgical forms that were not the result of bureaucratic editing or creation from nothing. I therefore remove all the old stuff on Archbishop Hepworth, the TAC, my hair and personal life and the various things that attract only unhealthy curiosity.
If anyone would like the files of the TAC archive for historical research, just ask me on anthony dot chadwick at wanadoo dot fr. I can send separate files or a single zip file.
The index page will refer to three pages: an introduction with an improved version of the text presently at the lower part of the index page. The page that specifically deals with the Use of Sarum will need cleaning up and re-editing, and I intend to give new links to sources where Sarum books and texts can be found on the internet and used for new editions. The third page is on the liturgy in general with the title taken from the Rule of St Benedict – Nihil Operi Dei praeponatur, nothing is to be preferred to the work (worship) of God. This page also wants thorough cleaning up and updating.
This will be an ongoing project, now that I have found the courage to take the plunge. Many links will not be working and need to be updated and made valid again. Rather than the level of reflections that you will find here on the blog, I would like the website to be an objective reference for those who identify with my idea of a “liturgical movement” (for want of a better term). I consciously promote Sarum because it is an Anglican liturgy – it continued to be used from Henry VIII’s break from Rome until the first Prayer Book of 1549. I am English and Anglican. However, my “target” is wider in that there are others in the world who can appeal to their old traditions, whether they live in Lyons, Milan, Rouen, Toledo, Braga or other places where there was a solid local tradition before Tridentine centralism moved in with heavy-handed tactics.