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…

St. Tatwin

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. [The photo is of the nave of the parish church at Breedon-on-the-Hill. Breedon was formerly Briudun, where St. Tatwin was a monk.] From Catholic Encyclopedia. Archbishop of Canterbury; died 30 July 734. A Mercian by birth, he became a monk at Briudun in…

Hassocks and Pries-Dieu

The image is of a prie-dieu cushion at St. George’s (Episcopal) Cathedral, Jerusalem. Hood-doff to Fr. Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B., for providing the photo. I confess to having taken these seemingly humble works of art for granted in my Episcopalian days. But I recognize in retrospect how they fostered devotion and reflection on mysteries of…

Saint Martha – 29 July

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Martha, Patron of Gregory Martha Herr, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Greg! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] Though Saints Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethany, St. Luke would seem to…

Blessed Irmgard of Chiemsee

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. From Wikipedia: Blessed Irmgard of Chiemsee (German: Selige Irmgard, also Irmengard; c. 831/833 – 16 July 866), a member of the Carolingian dynasty, was the second daughter of King Louis the German and his wife Hemma. She was the first Abbess of Frauenchiemsee from…

St. David av Munktorp

Continuing the series on monastic saints, compiled by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. Saint David av Munktorp From Wikipedia: Saint David of Munktorp (David av Munktorp) was an Anglo-Saxon Cluniac monk of the 11th century. David was sent as a missionary to Sweden by Saint Sigfrid of Växjö along with Saint Botvid and Saint Eskil. The…