"For England and St George!" Henry V

“Carissime: Memor esto, Dominum Iesum Christum” Beloved: Fix thy mind on Christ II Tim 2:8 So began today’s epistle reading for the feast of St George, Principal Patron of England, that great saint who so inspired England to be “great”… From Good King Richard I, the “Lion heart” who granted release to prisoners who would…

The Cassock… to wear or not to wear?

Another old post from “The Parish Blog” archive [March 27th 2009]. Anyone in Brighton would probably recognise me from this picture… not because I am in the picture, but because they will recognise the clerical dress that I most usually wear! “Seminarians in Barcelona circa 1900 in Cassock, Greca & Saturno” On March 16 this…

From the archive…

LETTER OF THE VERY REVEREND CO-FOUNDER & PROVOST GENERAL OF THE ORATORY OF ST JOHN VIANNEY ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE “DIES NATALIS” OF THE CURÉ OF ARS Addressed to the Brethren of the Oratory The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 19/vi/09 Annus Sacerdotalis 2009-2010 From the Provost General, The Oratory of St John…

Why orthodox Old Catholics should support the Pope

Originally posted on “The Parish Blog“, February 21st 2009 – and still true now… A question that has been posed to me, especially of late, and that I feel I ought to respond to publicly is… “Why do you, as an Old Catholic priest, support the Pope [of Rome]?”. An initial response: simply because, despite…

"Et unam sanctam Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam"

The following was originally posted on “The Parish Blog” the 17th Sunday after Pentcost 2008, but is re-posted here with reference to the below post on the ordination of women priests… In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian’s we heard in today’s Epistle reading at Mass; “One body and one spirit, as you are…

On confusion still abounding… "Quo vadis?"

So, the old debate that has gone on for thirty years, that has divided parishes, dioceses, provinces and even families is still raging on in the world’s third largest denomination of Christianity: Anglicanism.  The following article was published in the New York Times where in the USA the debate has moved on apace to the ordination…

Devotional Address for Churches Together

The address I gave at tonight’s meeting of Churches Together in Central Brighton and Kemptown… From the Gospel of St John, Chapter 20: 19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said,…

Ad Multos Gloriosque Annos Beatissime Pater!

Many Happy Returns of the Day to His Holiness, Benedict XVI May he live many more years! V. Orémus pro beatíssimo Papa nostro Benedícto. R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum ejus. Pater. Ave. Glória. Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici…

RC’s "Kicking Ass!"

Apologies for the colloquial euphemism… and the content of the video does not necessarily entirely reflect the opinion of the blog author…

Another go…

Apologies to readers for the lack of posting – since December last year! I can’t quite believe it has been so long nor indeed that the year is already into it’s fourth month and Easter has been and gone!I must confess I do wonder at how others, particularly clergy, are able to blog so profusely,…