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…