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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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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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A reminiscence of Margaret Street

There is concern about a school in Birmingham which, it is asserted, is being targeted by Muslim extremists. A teacher was quoted, earlier in the week, saying that “there is some gender segregation in religious assemblies”. About fifty years ago … 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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