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A Saturday Farewell & a Sunday Celebration

On the last Sunday of September the Diocese of Amiens in northern France celebrates in honour of its first Bishop, St Firmin, whose relics are kept in the cathedral (which is, I think, the largest Gothic cathedral in France). In the parishes … Continue reading

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A possible way into the Ordinariate liturgy

Like many former English Anglican clergy of my generation I grew up at a time of liturgical change. I can still recite by heart some of the liturgy of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which I learnt as a … Continue reading

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Back to Church at Christmas: opportunities for evangelisation

There is  a story told of an Anglican priest who surveyed the substantial congregation which had turned up for the Evening Service on Harvest Sunday (it was some years ago when they still did).  Marching up to the tabernacle and … Continue reading

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The music of Advent

  Compared with the carols and hymns of Christmas, the music of Advent is less well known. Yet it is among the loveliest – and most singable – of the Church’s year.  As part of the restrained liturgy of this … Continue reading

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What shall we sing at Mass?

I have been re-reading “Anglicans and Catholics in Communion”, a collection of articles and essays published by the Catholic League in August 2010. Looking back even over four years at the hopes and fears for the Ordinariates is fascinating, instructive, … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Ordinariate liturgy – some initial thoughts

The season of Advent has been marked by many Ordinariate groups in the UK beginning to celebrate Mass according to the Ordinariate Use. We were no exception in the Ordinariate Parish of the Most Precious Blood at Borough, in South … Continue reading

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Understanding the Ordinariate

In my time as a Catholic I have discovered two things. First, that most ‘cradle’ Catholics assume that fomer Anglicans in the Ordinariate are conservative, liturgically and otherwise.  Second, that the English in the Ordinariate do not grasp the importance of the Book of … Continue reading

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