You can read The Portal, the monthly magazine of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham online via this link, or by pressing the button with The Portal Image on the right-hand side bar of our blog.
Many great articles, but I was especially struck by this one entitled Celebrate the Seasons! A plea from Joanna Bogle.
One of the most important things that the Ordinariate
must do is to celebrate the Church’s glorious round of feasts
and seasons – and celebrate in a way that will evangelise. When
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the “Anglican patrimony” he gave voice
to something that is deeply embedded in Britain’s self-understanding.
People, including of course a great many non-churchgoers, feel
comfortable with things they associate with the annual cycle of the Church’s
calendar, celebrated and cherished over the past couple of centuries by the Anglican Church.
I say “the past couple of centuries” because a good
many things that we now regard as typically Anglican
were part of the great revival in the 19th century –
Harvest Thanksgiving, midnight Christmas services,
celebrations of patronal feasts in parish churches.
The CofE of Jane Austen’s day would not have seen
Jane and Elizabeth Bennett celebrating the feast-day
of the parish church in Meryton, or gathering the
local children in a robed choir to sing “We plough
the fields and scatter” at Michaelmas. The revival of a
sense of the Church’s authentic traditions in England
in the Victorian era was a great achievement: and the
Ordinariate is a child of that development.
The 19th century movement, calling the Anglican
communion back into a sense of continuity with
the centuries of Christianity in England, drew on a
renewed interest in all sorts of folk traditions and music:
the Victorians researched and wrote on this, and also
popularised all sorts of customs for Christmas (Tree,
Santa Claus, candlelit carols) and Easter (chocolate
eggs etc) that we now take for granted.
This heritage is something to which the Ordinariate
must pay great attention
Indeed! Please go on over to The Portal to read the rest.
And please consider, dear Reader, what your role is in helping to re-discover, foster, maintain, promote and pass on these wonderful traditions!