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Sacred Music from the Middle Ages to Today

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July 16, 2012 at 20:16

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Traditional Anglican Liturgical English

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Is Contemporary English a fit language for the worship of God? asks Vincent Uher.

English as spoken today is the language of politicians, newsreaders, radio hosts, newspapers, advertisers … it is a language of lies for the telling of lies.  Is it possible to write liturgical prayers in contemporary English or some form mid-way between contemporary and Tudor?  Yes.  But it requires both the greatest care and a clear understanding that it is a missionary concern and not a matter of formation of the standard sacred liturgical rite…

Read on here.

Sacred English. It just sounds much more respectful.


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July 7, 2012 at 07:16

Benedictines to Sell Church Treasures worth £100,000

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The Catholic Herald reports on this sad sale:

About £100,000 worth of treasures from St Augustine’s Abbey in Kent are to be sold at auction next week.

The objects being put up for sale include church plate, chalices – including a Charles I chalice made in 1633 and an Arts and Crafts chalice worth £13,000 to £15,000 – as well as reliquaries and a 19th-century monstrance.

The treasures are being sold by Dominic Winter auctioneers after the remaining Benedictine monks at the abbey decided to move to a smaller friary in Chilworth, near Farnham in Surrey.

Priestly bloggers Fr Mildew and Fr Ray Blake have criticised the sale, saying more effort should have been made to keep the holy objects for use in liturgy.

Fr Blake, parish priest at St Mary Magdalene, Brighton, said that St Michael’s Abbey at Farnborough, Hampshire – another Benedictine monastery – were considering trying to acquire “as many of these items as possible”.

A spokesman for the abbey declined to comment…

You can find out more here.


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February 2, 2012 at 20:11

Altar from Episcopal Church Ends Up on eBay for $49,500

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Is this what the Episcopal Church has been reduced to?!

An altar from the shuttered St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jersey City has turned up on eBay, for sale by a New York importer at a nearly $50,000 price tag.

The eight-foot-high altar has an inscription on the bottom in memory of Edward F.C. Young, a banker and power broker who was one of the most influential people in Jersey City at the end of the 19th Century.

Young attended St. John’s, where he was a vestryman, and he and his family were major church benefactors, said Dennis Doran, the former senior warden at St. John’s and a current member of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy.

The inscription to Young on the altar, donated to the church when Young died in 1908, makes it of inestimable historic value, according to Doran.

“It ought to be in Jersey City, along with the pulpit and the lectern, which were also memorials to Young,” he said.

The 137-year-old Summit Avenue church closed in 1991. Since then, it has been the focus of a battle between the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, which wants it demolished, and folks like Doran who want the historic structure preserved…

Sad. Selling altars on eBay.

But I must wonder… Any Continuing Anglicans (with the necessary $) interested in saving the once sacred? It sure looks like a magnificent altar…



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January 17, 2012 at 14:40


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