Tag Archives: Holy Week

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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Ritual Housework!

I have seen that a few people have looked at my old site on washing the altars Washing of the Altar on Maundy Thursday. This morning (yes I celebrated the Mass in Coena Domini this morning), I stripped and washed the … Continue reading

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Holy Week

Holy Week is upon us once again, and we get ready for long services in my little chapel. This morning for Palm Sunday I was on my own. I set up a lectern in the middle of the chapel for … Continue reading

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A Meditation for Holy Week

I found a quote from Monsignor Alfred Gilbey (1901-1998). It follows on very nicely from my reflection about ecclesiastical bureaucracy and middle management. Many of us find ourselves in a situation of conflict, namely believing in an ideal (Catholic tradition) … Continue reading

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