Four Levels of Liturgy

This week, the monks of St. John’s are having our week-long retreat, which is led by Abbot Matthew Leavy, former abbot of St. Anselm’s in Rhode Island. I share an interesting observation he made concerning liturgy.  He sees liturgy as having four levels. The first level is the heavenly liturgy: all the angels and saints…

Corpus Christi and California

A blessed anniversary to all the people of Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church in southern California on this solemnity of Corpus Christi. It was five years ago today (29 May, 2011), that Fr. Andrew Bartus and members of Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church, Placentia, California, held its first Evensong with, I gather, the intent to…

Ember Days

[From a Facebook post by Fr. Christopher Phillips, Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio, Texas] With our Divine Worship Missal we have a restoration of many of the traditional days in the liturgical calendar which had been lost. The Ember Days are an example of this, and today is one of those ember days….

Archbishop Hebda Quotes Newman

Archbishop Hebda, installed yesterday (May 13, 2016) as the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, ended his homily at the installation Mass with a quote from a prayer of Blessed John Henry “Patrimony” Cardinal Newman. “The commemorative card that you have received today bears a portion of a prayer composed by Blessed John Henry Newman,…

Liturgy Doesn’t “Mean” Anything

On the feast of the holy abbots of Cluny, a monastery known for taking liturgy seriously, here is a link to an interesting article, written from a High Church Anglican perspective, on liturgy.  The article is also helpful in that it offers observations on how those from Protestant-Evangelical traditions tend to view liturgy. I sense…

Ascensiontide Novena: Day 5

http://www.calledtobe.org.uk/ctbc-novena.html#Intro [Tolkien was Catholic, not Anglican. So the extent to which his works are part of the “treasure to be shared,” referenced in Anglicanorum coetibus is debatable. Tolkien was, however, so deeply read in English literature and spirituality that he certainly represents the deepest roots of English spirituality in general (which is, I think, part…