11 September 2010

Dr 'Patrimony' Jalland

Inadequates; wet indequates, we are. Speak for yourself, I hear you say? Very well, I will. How can I compare myself with my distinguished predecessor, Fr Trevor Gervase Jalland? According to Oral Tradition, one Good Friday, at the Mass of the Presanctified (ah, those were the days), some unfortunate Altar boy presented himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. His Parish Priest brushed him aside with such decision that the child keeled over ... ah, those were the days. Jalland (Vicar 1933-1947) went on to found the Theology Faculty at Exeter University; he came back to S Thomas's to be buried, the Funeral Mass being said by the veteran and erudite (he's still going strong in his nineties) Prebendary Michael Moreton of Exeter (who was writing about the importance of versus Orientem decades before the papists rediscovered it). Fr Michael risked raised eyebrows at Jalland's very Establishment funeral by using the Canon Romanus. "Jalland was a Patristics scholar and I resolved that he should have a Patristic Eucharistic Prayer".

According to the same Oral Tradition, Fr Sweeney (Vicar 1979-2003, now enjoying his retirement), was not much less resolute. I have been told that he would kick an ill-placed Sacred Minister and, dissatisfied during Mass with the Music (he is a distinguished musician), would clap his hands and berate the organ loft ... you see what I mean about my own inadequacy and wetness?

Jalland had few qualms about facing lesser men down. He was at the heart of the process of liturgical revision in the Church of England back in the 1960s, fighting the battle for an oblatio in the anamnesis. Ultimately, this battle was lost; bigots, evangelical, in General Synod were able to vote down the proposed "We offer thee this bread and this cup". But most notorious of his audacities was Jalland's response to being asked, in 1942, to preach the Bampton Lectures in this University. This is probably the most prestigious series of lectures upon a theological topic in the Church of England ... and Jalland chose to devote his eight lectures to The Church and the Papacy. This was a time when Dom Gregory Dix had demonstrated the congruity of the Vatican I decrees on papal primacy and infallibility with the praxis of the anti-Nicene centuries; but Dix's audience tended to be mainly his fellow Anglican Catholics. Jalland's hearers would be Anglican theological specialists of every doctrinal school.



Anonymous said...

What was Father Jalland's reaction to those who dignified him with the address "Fr Trevor"?

Steve said...

For heaven's sake! Of course the Evangelicals in General Synod would have voted against "We offer thee this bread and this cup". What the heck else would you expect? In case you hadn't noticed, their objection to this theology represents what they have always believed about the Eucharist and still do. That is absolutely no more "bigotry" than your determined stance against women priests and bishops. Or is it the case that a "bigot", for the purpose of this blog, is defined as "one who stands firm on a position that disagrees with that of Fr Hunwicke"??

Sir Watkin said...

It's one of those irregular verbs:

I am firm
thou art stubborn
he is a bigot

William Tighe said...


I am faithful
thou art zealous
he is a fanatic

William Tighe said...

Or again:

I enjoy fine wine
you are bibulous
he is a drunkard

Steve said...

Thank you, Sir Watkin. Perfectly put!

Sir Watkin said...

Yes (Prime) Minister had some good ones:

I have an independent mind
You are an eccentric
He is round the twist

(Appropriately enough from the episode The Bishop's Gambit.)

Perhaps my favourite was:

I give confidential press briefings
You leak
He's being charged under section 2A of the Official Secrets Act.