Sunday, July 14, 2013

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


  • Mass: Suscepimus, Deus, misericordiam tuam in medio templi tui.
  • Sermon from Fr Matthew Kirby. Interesting gospel, hard to understand, so in the old American Prayer Book it was changed to the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • Vive le roi. Bastille Day should be a day of mourning.
  • The Oxford Movement. 180 years ago today, an Anglican sermon reacting against an effect of Catholic emancipation in Britain and Ireland was preached, starting a movement that ... ended up imitating the Catholic Church. Thanks to the denomination’s semi-congregationalism, the movement taught me pre-conciliar Catholic practice, in a charming form, when the church wanted nothing to do with it anymore, before Pope Benedict. From all Anglo-Catholic alumni — Tridentine people like me, the ordinariate people, and other Catholic converts — thank you.

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