The Rite of Sitting Down—Not

In the Eucharistic liturgy, what do the faithful do between the moment the priest ends the reading of the Collect and the lector reads the first reading? According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which generally guides celebrations of the Divine Worship form of the Roman Rite, the faithful “should stand from the…

Patristic Lectionary—25 January, Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle. Ferial Day Following the Second Sunday After Epiphany.

 [Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

Division’s Opportunities

[The photo is of St. John the Baptist, Church of England, Cirencester] In this octave of prayer for Christian unity, Mr. Gunnar Gundersen has published an article, “Retconning the Reformation,” on the Ordinariates and ecumenism.  Read the full article here (posted 23 January 2020). The article quotes an interesting statement by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in…

Patristic Lectionary—23 January, Ferial Day Following the Second Sunday After Epiphany.

[Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18 January through 25 January.  This coincides with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The former, as Father Phillips points out here, takes a specifically Catholic point of view on Christian unity and has done so since the early 20th century. From the course on…

Separated Doctors: The Anglican-Patrimonial Difference

Father Hunwicke has posted here a statement made by Father Aidan Nichols, O.P., in 2002.  (The post does not include further bibliographic information.  Does anyone happen to know where one can find the original statement?  Nichols’s _The Panther and the Hind: A Theological History of Anglicanism_, a likely source for such a statement, was published…

Patristic Lectionary—11 January, Saturday after Epiphany, Ferial day in Christmastide

[Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

10 January – Archbishop William Laud

On 10 January 1645 William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, was beheaded at the Tower of London after being accused of treason by the Long Parliament. Laud was born in 1573 in Reading, Berkshire, and educated at Reading Grammar School and St. John’s College, Oxford University.  He was ordained in April 1601. It is difficult for…

Patristic Lectionary—9 January, Thursday after the Epiphany, Ferial day in Christmastide

[Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

Patristic Lectionary—6 January, Monday after the Epiphany, Ferial day in Christmastide

[Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

Patristic Lectionary—4 January, Saturday After the Octave of Christmas, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

[Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, I occasionally post selections from Durham University’s two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark Holmes (University of Edinburgh School of Divinity) and subsequently re-edited and formatted by Michele Freyhauf (Durham University).  Click here for…

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – 4 January

On the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, I post a photo of the house on Paca Street, Baltimore, where she made first profession of vows as a Daughter of Charity and opened a boarding school for girls.  This was shortly after she, having been raised Episcopalian in New York, was received into full…