John Mason Neale, Presbyter and Hymnodist, 1866 | For All the Saints

Neale was both a scholar and a creative poet whose skills in composing original verse and in translating Latin and Greek hymns into fluid and effective English verse were devoted to the Church. Composer of many original hymns and translations, he greatly enriched English hymnody.

Source: John Mason Neale, Presbyter and Hymnodist, 1866 | For All the Saints

“His Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862) included a number of Easter hymns, and their inclusion in a number of English hymnals introduced an important Eastern emphasis on the Resurrection into Anglican worship. Despite his poor health he was a prolific writer and compiler as well, and his output included such works on hymnody as Medieval Hymns and Sequences and [the aforementioned] Hymns of the Eastern Church as well as Liturgiology and Church History and a four volume commentary on the Psalms.

“He also founded, with longtime Cambridge friend and colleague Benjamin Webb, the Cambridge-Camden Society, later known as the Ecclesiological Society, the arm of the Oxford Movement devoted to recovering (sometimes going behind historic precedent) Catholic practice in Anglican church architecture, vestments, and liturgical acts.

“Gentleness combined with firmness, good humor, modesty, patience, devotion, and ‘an unbounded charity’ describe Neale’s character. Though he never received preferment in England, his contributions were recognized in the wide inclusion of his hymns in Anglican and other hymnals and in such actions as the presentation to him by the Metropolitan of Moscow of a rare copy of the Old Believers’ liturgy. He died on the Feast of the Transfiguration in 1866, having left a lasting mark on worship in the English-speaking world.

“Most hymnals since the late nineteenth century have included many of Neale’s compositions and translations. ‘Come, ye faithful, raise the strain,’ ‘Creator of the stars of night,’ ‘All glory, laud, and honor,’ ‘Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,’ ‘Jerusalem the golden,’ and ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’ are just a few of the hymns that will long remain in the corpus of English hymnody.”

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Embattled British Anglicans appeal for support | Anglican Ink 2017 ©

British Anglicans have asked Christians around the world to endorse the movement for renewed orthodox Anglicanism, asking supporters to add their names to the letter published in the Daily Telegraph this week calling for the reform and renewal of the Church of England, Church in Wales and Scottish Episcopal Church.

Source: Embattled British Anglicans appeal for support | Anglican Ink 2017 ©

I signed.

I don’t have a great deal of hope that this will meet with success, but when the effort is all that there is, it must needs be enough.

“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.”

— Robert E. Lee

‘The Church of England is dying’, warns former Queen’s Chaplain

“I’m not sure I see much point in a church that just wants to be accepted as a sort of not too irritating chaplain to a secular and hedonistic culture.”

Source: ‘The Church of England is dying’, warns former Queen’s Chaplain – The Conservative Woman

“The monarchy faces difficulties as it prepares for the coronation of Prince Charles at the sad moment when our present Queen dies. Secularism will try to rubbish the highly potent Christian content of the coronation; and Islam is likely to claim that it wants to be recognised within it in some way… So we face a struggle for the integrity of Christianity provoked by the issues that a Christian coronation ceremony brings up in a so-called multicultural Britain. I can see why the monarchy’s advisers are anxious about how to play the future. In my view you gain nothing by watering down Christianity. It’s wrong in principle and foolish in practice. It’s like paying Danegeld—and look what that achieved.”

O, how the mighty have fallen! He is right, of course. I can think of a whole list of Kings and Archbishops of Canterbury who must be looking down from heaven with dismay, by this time…

Still, God is in charge of history, and his time is not our time – “My ways are not your ways, nor your thoughts, my thoughts, saith the Lord.” The Iberian Peninsula was a Muslim caliphate for 700 years before the final success of the Reconquista. I may not live to see Britain and Europe restored, if they fall the rest of the way down the slope they’re sliding down currently, but I can hope and pray that it will happen, someday!

William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645 | For All the Saints

Elevated to the see of Canterbury in 1633, William Laud had already been King Charles’ principal ecclesiastical adviser for several years…

Source: William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645 | For All the Saints

“Laud’s reputation remains controversial to this day. Honored as a martyr and condemned as an intolerant bigot, he was compassionate in his defense of the rights of the common people against the landowners. He was honest, devout, loyal to the king and to the rights and privileges of the Church of England. He tried to reform and protect the Church in accordance with his convictions – though these attempts at reform were marred by his treatment of those who strenuously disagreed with him theologically and liturgically. In many ways he was out of step with the views of the majority of his countrymen, especially in his espousal of royal Stuart views of the ‘Divine Rights of Kings.’ The historian Nicholas Tyacke rates Laud as one of the greatest of the Archbishops of Canterbury, not giving him complete approval, but recognizing that his contribution to the future of the English Church was of major importance.”

O Holy Night : Kings College, Cambridge

While all things were in quiet silence, and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine Almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from Heaven, out of thy royal throne. Alleluia! (traditional Christmas antiphon)

O God, who hast caused this holy night to shine with the illumination of the true Light: Grant us, we beseech thee, that as we have known the mystery of that Light upon earth, so may we also perfectly enjoy him in heaven; where with thee and the Holy Spirit he liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ, our Saviour, is born! Alleluia!

Wishing all my readers a merry, holy, and blessed Christmas.

Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks

Is more secularism the answer to Islamic terror? Certainly not, a retired Anglican bishop who works on behalf of the persecuted church says. The only force he says is capable of unifying Europe and preserving western civilization is Christianity.

Source: Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks

This was first published a year ago, but it’s just as true now as it was then.

“The truth of the matter is that Europe needs to recover its grand narrative by which to live, by which to determine what is true, good and beneficial for its people. The nostrums of Marxism and Fascism have brought frightful suffering for its people. Now another totalitarian ideology threatens. A truly plural space can only be guaranteed by intrinsically Christian ideas of the dignity of the human person, respect for conscience, equality of persons and freedom not only to believe but to manifest our beliefs in the public space, without discrimination against or violence to those who do not share them,” Nazir-Ali writes. Continue reading “Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks”

The Great War’s damage to the English soul and church – Covenant

The English church is still wrestling with the consequences of a terrible demographic, psychic, spiritual, cultural, and philosophical catastrophe.

Source: The Great War’s damage to the English soul and church – Covenant

“North Americans, especially Episcopalians, hold onto dated, romantic perceptions of England and the English. They tend to view Britain through a Downton Abbey lens, but that country has long since ceased to exist, its lifeblood drained out in Flanders Fields. Yes, we should admire the courage and tenacity of the 20th-century British, but let us never forget that the price of standing firm was beyond what the nation could afford.”

Perhaps the saddest thing of all is that the Great War, and for that matter its “second chapter,” never had to happen… foolish choices, some rooted in arrogance, some in idealism, brought this upon England, Europe, and the world. Will we ever learn?