Thursday, June 05, 2003

Вознесение Господне
Happy feast of the Ascension, Eastern Orthodox.

Кондак, глас 6
Исполнив весь замысел о нашем спасении, / и то что на земле соединив с небесным, / вознесся Ты во славе, Христе, Боже наш, / совсем не оставляя нас, но пребывая неразлучно / и взывая любящим Тебя: / «Я – с вами и никто – против вас!»

When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sake, uniting things on earth with the heavens, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, departing not hence, but remaining inseparable from us, and crying unto them that love Thee: I am with you, and no one shall be against you.

And in the rest of catholic Christendom, the restoration movement is under way:

Young fogeys?

Such worship always was at least a little easier to find in England than in the States, despite the minimalist, unliturgical emphases of the once-persecuted Irish in both places, I think because of the direct tie to medieval Europe, the heritage of the Catholic martyrs and the 19th-century influence of Anglo-Catholicism and converts therefrom. Even in the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, there was always the Brompton Oratory.

Like Orthodox worship, it's not about antiquarianism or esoterica, though those things can be a kind of wholesome fun, but rather Godwardness and objectivity.

Why the resemblance?
It strikes me sometimes that while Anglo-Catholic writings from 75-150 years ago, which sound a lot like the Allentown Tracts linked here yesterday, aren't self-consciously trying to be Eastern, and while I dismiss claims of a separate 'Anglican' spirituality as being 'closer to the East' (usually nothing but a liberal Protestant, anti-Catholic pose) when it is obviously an offshoot of Western Catholicism, such writings seem as orthodox, theological and timeless as the best Orthodox prayers, with a different tone to the simplistic, sometimes sugary devotional Roman Catholic prayers of the period. Why? I think the influence from the Orthodox is indirect: the Anglo-Catholic writers were steeped in the same source material: the Church Fathers. Reading their stuff is like reading the Fathers secondhand: theology for everyman, which is part of what they were all about.

Speaking of both the Ascension and the Brompton Oratory, here is a wonderful orthodox quotation from a priest there (from the Ship of Fools site):
‘Recalling that the majority of the congregation were adolescent, the preacher showed a fine technique in being humorous and engaging without any compromise of dignity. For example, following a wry comment about how we know perfectly well that heaven is not "up", he explained well that the concept of a world above was common in the first century, and that Jesus, in all his teaching, whether by word or gesture, set forth truths by adapting to the knowledge and culture of those around him.’

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Dave McLaughlin
The Aussie Bible
Sounds like a story from The Rockall Times but it's real - parts of scripture rewritten in strip-cartoon Strine. I understand the evangelical (in the true sense) good intentions but it sounds wrong, like using a cartoon for an icon.

From A conservative blog for peace correspondent Lee Penn
L’Espresso: Masonic influence in European Union constitution draft?
Lee Penn: As background: American and British Masonry tends to be a middle-class, establishment-oriented, Protestant movement. Continental European Masonry is an elite movement, and is strongly anti-clerical; it has been so since the 1700s.

This quotation is worth saving
From 'Keble', yet another Anglican online:

What's going on in vagante groups is that they are trying to borrow the authority of some larger group which they then refuse to be accountable to. Not all divisions are like this. Big schisms result in the division of the parent structures and set up competing authorities; there's not generally a question of borrowing the parent authority and internal accountability is preserved. Groups that split off but cannot convince sufficient bishops or the equivalent to come with them are born with an authority issue that already has them in a questionable state; the accountability issue starts to stick out because the structures are out defective. But at least there is a theological history from the parent to which appeals can be made. Then there are Serge's "Mar Bob" groups [my description, not my groups!] which come out of nowhere and which don't even have a theological history to be held to. These are innately fraudulent because they are pretending to a history which they simply don't have, and they are utterly without accountability.

St Boniface
Today's Roman Rite and 1662 Book of Common Prayer saint

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