Sunday, October 11, 2009


This is popular religion
Large devout crowds; clergymen wedged in corners hearing confessions; the queues approaching the reliquary to venerate; the tinkle of bells from low Masses at side altars. It reminded me of places like Walsingham, before the post-Conciliar ruptures; and of Mr Newman’s words:
... how wonderful that people call this worship formal and external; it seems to possess all classes, young and old, polished and vulgar, men and women indiscriminately; it is the working of one Spirit in all, making many one.
And he contrasted it with Anglican worship as it was before the Catholic Revival, in which ‘the clergyman or the organ was everything and the people nothing, except so far as the clerk is their representative; here everything was just reversed’.
Yes, I see the parallel to the quiet Low Mass but good points.

From Fr Hunwicke.

Photo by Hilary.

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