St. Acca, Bishop of Hexham, Friend of St. Bede

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Celtic Saints: Born in Northumbria, England, c. 660; died 742; feast day can be October 19; feast of translation is February 19. From his youth Acca had been close to other saints of the time. He was raised in the household of…

St. Frideswide

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint Frideswide, Patron Saint of Oxford From the Catholic Encyclopedia Online. Frideswide “(Frideswida, Fredeswida, French: Frévisse, Old English: Fris), virgin, patroness of Oxford, lived from about 650 to 735. According to her legend, in its latest form, she was the child of King…

St. Wilfrid of York

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint Wilfrid of York, Bishop and Confessor From Celtic & Old English Saints Born in Ripon, Northumbria, 634; died at Oundle, in 709. Son of a thane, Saint Wilfrid joined the court of King Oswy of Northumbria when he was 13, and became…

St. Aethelburga of Barking

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. This Saint Aethelburga is not to be confused with the Saint Aethelburga mentioned yesterday, which is to say the Saxon princess who, when she married King Edwin of Northumbria, took St. Paulinus of York with her to eveangelize the north of England.  Saint…

The Codex Amiatinus and Northumbia

[ Among the many wonders of my years as a scholar at Durham was the opportunity to make several visits up to Jarrow and one trip to Monkwearmouth.  Many towns and villages and even city centers in England have managed to maintain their historic charm.  The same cannot be said for either Jarrow or St….

Renewal of Oblations – 16 September

We give thanks to God on this anniversary of the oblations of Father Jack Augustine Barker, Obl.S.B.; Fr. Matthew Cuthbert Dallman, Obl.S.B.; Ms. Karen Patrick Lee-Thorp, Obl.S.B.; Bishop Michael Aidan Smith, Obl.S.B.; and Father Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B. Please join your prayers with mine in thanksgiving for their service as oblates! Congratulations and blessings to…

Saint Mirin, Patron of the Diocese of Paisley, Scotland

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Wikipedia. The history of St Mirin has grown dim and much of what is known about the saint is difficult to separate from fable. However, it is believed that Mirin was of noble birth.[2] While still a young boy, his mother took him…

High Church low church—a primer

Originally posted on Anglicanorum Coetibus Society Blog:
Br. John-Bede Pauley had an excellent response in the combox of yesterday’s post that I think warrants a post of its own. In it, he helps us to better define our terms when we speak of low church and high church distinctions.  He writes: Even if the best…

St. Wulfhilda, Abbess of Barking

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. [Taken from Celtic and Old English Saints.] [The image is of the Curfew Tower that remains after the Dissolution.  It was constructed well after St. Wulfhilda’s day.  But I post it since it is an extant reminder of the importance of Barking Abbey…

Translation of St. Cuthbert’s Relics

In addition to the 20 March feast day of St. Cuthbert (observed in the Extraordinary Form—I believe—and the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church and by the Church of England), 4 September celebrates the arrival of the relics of St. Cuthbert at their eventual resting place, Durham.  The 4 September date…

Holy Historiography and the Anglican Patrimony

[The photo is of Bd. John Henry Cardinal Newman in his study at the Birmingham Oratory.] How often do we think of the study of history as an aspect of our spirituality, as an ascetical practice that fosters growth in virtue? Dr. Adam DeVille has published an excellent piece on the need for “ascetic” reading…

St. Aethelwold – 1 August

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Aethelwold, Patron of Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Stephen! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] St. Aethelwold was born in Winchester, England in the early years of the tenth century.  He died 1…