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….

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…