Monthly Archives: December 2012

England braced as Armada sails up Channel

The Catholic hierarchy have been cautious in their response to the moves of the Church of England to ordain women to the episcopate. Their line seems to be that this is a matter for the C of E to decide … Continue reading

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Re-visiting the past so that the future may be renewed

The poet John Betjeman in his Collins Guide to English Parish Churches, published in 1958, writes a description of an urban church, the product of the Anglo-Catholic revival. ‘Ting-ting’ the single bell calls to Sung Eucharist, because the tower, designed … Continue reading

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Mother of the Incarnate Christ

A Thanksgiving for the Virgin’s Part in the Scheme of Redemption                                     from an Anglican priest & poet of the early 17th century For that fair blessed Mother-maid,                                                                                           Whose flesh redeem’d us; That she-Cherubin,                                                                        Which unlock’d Paradise, and made                                                                                             One … Continue reading

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Fisher and King – saintly bishops

Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15   RSV To the … Continue reading

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Parliament’s revenge or Henry VIII triumphant!

The announcement that, after all, churches would be able to celebrate ‘same-sex marriages’, has come in the past week. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, justified this move as something which forces no-one, but allows those churches who wish to celebrate … Continue reading

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L J White and his music

I was coming back from the Ordinariate Pilgrimage to Walsingham with a couple of friends who have been Catholics for years. They had enjoyed the day greatly, and in particular the music and the hearty hymn singing. I would not … Continue reading

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Sing we of the blessed Mother

Many Anglicans know the hymn, ‘Her virgin eyes saw God incarnate born’. Some forty years ago I found and memorised this verse: I think that it is by Thomas Ken and belongs with that hymn. The verse  teaches both the immaculate conception of Mary, and … Continue reading

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