Nicholas Ferrar & Little Gidding

[I post this a day late.  But it is worth posting since Nicholas Ferrar and the community at Little Gidding are an important part of the Anglican patrimony.  As Richard Coles states in his Facebook post (excerpts below) on Nicholas Ferrar, the Little Gidding community was “a High Church experiment in a Low Church age.”]…

Divine Worship’s Thanksgiving Collect

[Writer and liturgical scholar, Claudio Salvucci, has written about the Collect, in Divine Worship: The Missal, for the American civil holiday of Thanksgiving.  Click here for the link to his article.  He provides an interesting overview of the history of prayers and collects for this holiday.  One point worth adding is that since this collect…

Lecture Series on St. John Henry Newman

Following are links to a lecture series on St. John Henry Newman.  The series was organized by Dr. Christopher Bede Lane, Obl.S.B., and his colleagues at Christendom College. Dr. Adam Schwartz, “A Stern Necessity: Newman’s Conversion to Roman Catholicism.” Dr. Bracy Bersnak, “In Praise of Uselessness: Newman’s Philosophical Habit of Mind.” Dr. Brendan McGuire, “Newman’s…

A Splendid Ecumenical Gesture

[The following was posted, today, 16 November, by Mark Woodruff on the _Anglican Ordinariates Informal Conversation Forum_ on Facebook.  Today is not the feast of St. Barnabas, by the way.  But today we celebrate two saints important to us. The first is St. Gertrude the Great, a Benedictine nun. Her monastic community seems to have…

The Saints and Martyrs of England and Wales

[The image represents Saints Aethelwold, Aidan, Augustine of Canterbury, Bede the Venerable, Benet Biscop, Cuthbert, David of Wales, Erconwald, George, Hilda of Whitby, John Henry Newman, John Roberts, Julian of Norwich, Margaret Clitherow, Our Lady of Walsingham, and Wilfrid] [Hood-doff to Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., for the reminder of this feast day.] The Church of…

Newman Neither Baroque Nor Medieval

[The image is of Newman in his study at the Birmingham Oratory.] Now that John Henry Newman is Saint John Henry Newman, I hope more Catholics will make the effort to get to know him beyond the famous quotes from his works and his hymn texts.  Reading Newman is indeed an effort for many of…

St. John Roberts

[The following was posted on the Facebook page by Jason John (Roberts) Edwards, Obl.S.B.  A blessed and happy patronal feast day to you Jason!] Today is one of the name days for oblate Jason John (Roberts) Edwards, Obl.S.B., as Wales celebrates the feast of the Six Welsh Martyrs and their Companions. Bio: John Roberts O.S.B….

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….