Tag Archives: Holy Week

The Stripping of the Altars

There are several meanings to this ceremony, in particular the historical remnant of the practice of dressing and stripping the altar after each Mass. The Jansenists of the Pseudo-Synod of Pistoia attempted to revive this practice, as did many “experts” … Continue reading

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Spy Wednesday

This is the day when Christians are mortified by thinking about the treachery of Judas. I have books and articles about old Gnostic ideas according to which Judas did this deed according to the wishes of Christ. I read these … Continue reading

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Holy Week

We arrive at Tuesday of Holy Week. It seemed odd to celebrate the Annunciation yesterday as the Use of Sarum allows. I have already posted on this subject, and wondered whether I should defer the Annunciation to after the Octave … Continue reading

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The Stripping of the Altars

As the liturgy of Maundy Thursday instructed me to strip and wash the altars of my chapel, the thought came into mind of the title of a famous book by the historian Dr Eamon Duffy. His subject was the English … Continue reading

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A Reflection for Holy Week

Doing my rounds this morning, I came across this article The Virtue of Despair. I immediately identified with the reflection of the nihilist philosopher Nietzsche: Out of such abysses, from such severe sickness one returns newborn, having shed one’s skin, … Continue reading

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Bootleg Liturgy under Prohibition

I couldn’t resist the temptation, since I have been offering reflections on drugs, addiction and prohibition. I can almost imaging the cops in some American village descending on a church and demanding to see what books are on the altar … Continue reading

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Quomodo sedet sola Civitas.

How doth the city sit solitary… so goes the lamentation of Jeremiah the Prophet. In the Roman rite (and the Anglican Missal), the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose on Maundy Thursday, and is consumed at the … Continue reading

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