THE CEREMONIES FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Kindle the Christmas brand, and then
Till sunset let it burn;
Which quench’d, then lay it up again
Till Christmas next return.
Part must be kept wherewith to teend
The Christmas log next year,
And where ’tis safely kept, the fiend
Can do no mischief there.
Members of the Anglicanorum coetibus Society have already been informed that our first podcast is now up on our website here.
Now is the time to let the rest of you know.
I interview Msgr. Keith Newton about the challenges he faced in setting up the first Ordinariate in uncharted waters; what high points have occurred since the founding of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2011 and what challenges remain. You will find Msgr. Newton most engaging and candid. Please listen and share this widely.
We also decided to add some music to the podcast. One piece is by the choir of Atonement Academy in San Antonio, Texas, thanks to the help of Fr. Christopher Phillips. The second is a piece by The Christopher Mahon Choir, which sang at an recent outreach in Ottawa to the wider Catholic community on the Feast of St. Cecelia, the patron saint of music.
But that’s not all!
Our latest edition of Shared Treasure, the scholarly journal of the Society, is also out, but in order to access the latest copy, you will have to join our mission, which is to promote Anglican patrimony and common identity within the Catholic Church for the salvation and sanctification of souls.
If you enjoy this blog, please consider donating to our cause over at our website or becoming a member with a yearly subscription to help us further our endeavors.
This comment by C. David Burt is too good to bury in the comments section of this post about the King James Version and Hanukkah. David writes:
If you go into some old Anglican Churches and rummage around you will find the old Bible that once stood on the lectern. Sometimes it is in two volumes and sat on a rotating double lectern that looked like a hen house. Invariably one volume would be the Old Testament and the other the New Testament, And it is the Authorized Version, commonly called the King James Version. Between the Old Testament and the New is bound in a set of books called the Apocrypha, and in there you will find the First and Second Book of Maccabees. In the Book of Common Prayer, which you may also find in an old church there is a lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer, and there you will find some appointed lessons from these books and from other books of the Apocrypha, including I and II Maccabees. In Article VI of the Articles of Religion, these books are listed with the note that they are read for example of life and instruction of manners, but they may not be appealed to in order to establish any doctrine. Here Anglicanism was standing firmly on the side of the reformers who would only allow an appeal to the canonical books of the Old and New Testament.
One of the things that the Patrimony brings to the English-speaking Catholic Church is a sense of history. Most Catholics in the UK are well aware of Recusant history – but not so much of that of the High Church or the later Anglo-Catholic movement. Contrariwise, many Anglicans and other English-speakers will not be aware of the Recusant history in Britain or America to which they are now heir. Many on both sides will be completely unaware of the Cavalier and Jacobite movements that united the forebears of both. Here follows a relatively random selection of sites to help us become aware of both. Obviously, listing here does not mean edorsement of the views of the sites. As with all else, Caveat lector! Continue reading
Around this time of year while Christians celebrate the Christmas season, our Jewish friends celebrate Hanukkah– one of their holiest times of the year, forming a major part of their Sacred Tradition. Of great importance, the story of Hanukkah forms a major part of Christian tradition as well, as told in the First and Second Book of Maccabees- except for Christianity’s minority: Protestantism.