Sunday, March 29, 2015


Does anyone have the foggiest idea what this could be? I'm pretty sure it's from an Episcopalian source.

I believe that's a photo from Compline at Christ Church, New Haven (Episcopal).
The Episcopalians like our stuff; Catholic liberals don't.
That's Exposition, not just Compline.
I think in the traditional Roman Rite there is no incense at Compline.

Compline and Exposition are things libcaths wouldn't be caught dead at, because those are elitist or something. The Gothic reredos and the candles all over the place, even on the steps (where they're in the way and a fire hazard for the vested priest and servers; that frontal could light up at any second), told me this picture is modern Episcopal; liberal high church.

SAT word for the day: we Roman Catholics at our best, the Anglicans at their high-church best, and the Eastern churches understand and show the numinous. Including liberal St. Gregory's Episcopal in San Francisco; they are smart and talented but of course nowhere near Catholic or Orthodox, etc. The Novus Ordo normally doesn't unless it's been high-churched (reform of the reform, including Pope Benedict; what Fr. James Mayer did at my parish starting about 10 years ago); it's didactic like old-school non-liturgical Protestants.


  1. Public adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament is obligatory in my diocese every first sunday of the month. Maybe that's the reason why the people in Poland remain Catholic. I've heard that in Italy and Spain there is absolutely no kneeling during Mass, not even at the Eucharistic Canon. I think that if every parish instituted regular Eucharistic adoration, we would restore the Church

    Hegel absolutely hated the Eucharistic doctrine and in consequence, all of his followers retain a similar view. GWF Hegel said that once you extinguish the Eucharistic doctrine Catholicism becomes an illogical set of rules and ordinance. The negation of Hegel's Eucharistic doctrine. is the best answer we have to modernity.
    (Hegel wasa Calvinist, who hated liturgical Lutheranism and wrote up a new service for the united lutheran-calvinist church of his land which eliminated the Eucharist from services)

    1. All rebellion against God is something to do with the Incarnation. I understand Satan said "I will not serve" because he wouldn't be ranked lower than mankind. This rebellion has three topics: who Jesus is, the Eucharist, and sex. So Hegel's not surprising here.

      I understand that George Washington, a man of the "Enlightenment," hated the concept of Holy Communion too, even in its Anglican version, which in his day was celebrated four times a year. (Because medieval English people only received four times a year, the Protestants ended up only having it when people would receive.)

  2. Outside of the really beautiful reredos, this photo is simply bizarre and seems to relate to no actual, at least traditional, liturgical office that I can think of. And I do know many of them.

    It seems to reflect playing church at its most inceansery (doubt if that is a real word, but I hope you get the jest of it).

    1. Right; the setup is so impractical (again, that frontal would catch fire) that on second thought I think this was staged at an Episcopal church by the photographer, trying to be arty, not an actual church service.


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