28 November 2016

December goodies

THURSDAY DECEMBER 1 is the festival of S Edmund Campion and his companions the Holy and Blessed Martyrs of Oxford University; hundreds of scholars and students of this University were killed under the Tudors for keeping alive the thousand-year-old Faith and worship of the English Church. Many of them had to flee to abroad where they completed their training for the priesthood before returning to their native land ... and to martyrdom. Just as, in an earlier century, a secession of docti from Oxford had resulted in the Daughter University in the Fens, so this Elizabethan secession led to a Nova Oxonia at Douay in the Low Countries. Whence per aliquot vicissitudines comes Allen Hall, now nestling under S Thomas More's Mulberry tree on the site of his Chelsea house. Long live the conies.

MONDAY DECEMBER 5 is the date on pre-Conciliar local calendars for S Birinus of Dorchester, a few miles down the Thames from Oxford. He came from Rome around 635; converted and baptised the King of Wessex and set up his bishopric among the Roman remains in Dorchester at a time when there were no bishops either in Winchester or Lincoln. In more recent decades, when the Diocese of Oxford was in Anglo-Catholic hands, and the see of Dorchester had been revived as merely a suffragan see of Oxford, the Bishop of Dorchester was allowed, just on S Birinus' day, to sing Pontifical High Mass in Dorchester Abbey with the full ceremonial of a diocesan bishop. On one memorable occasion in the 1940s the Pontiff gave his blessing at the end of Mass with such enthusiasm that his ring flew off his gloved hand and could only with difficulty be recovered from behind a radiator! Nowadays there is an immensely sweet little Catholic church by the bridge, where Fr John Osman (who took his own bit of the Patrimony with him across the Tiber some years ago) is superbly restoring both the fabric and the Old Mass, while the old Abbey is in the hands of a priestess. The  former great Anglo-Catholic Missionary College at Dorchester is now hardly even a memory.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 8, the Immaculate Conception of our Lady, was one of the English Church's gifts to the rest of the Western Church. We borrowed it from the East in Saxon days; Norman bishops tried to ban it on the grounds that it wasn't observed in Rome; but we hung on to it and eventually Rome came round to our way of thinking. A foretaste of the valuable contributions of the Anglican Patrimony!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 9 is the day of S John Diego Cuahtlatoatzin, whose name betrays his Aztec origins, and who had a most beautiful vision of our Lady. And so on the following MONDAY we observe our Lady of Guadaloupe, Patron of America. These Novus Ordo commemorations, thematically coherent with the season of Advent, would slide neatly and beautifully onto the EF Calendar! Why are traddies so shy about pestering Ecclesia Dei to enrich the 1962 calendar?

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, meanwhile, is the memorial of the Holy House. Mary's home at Nazareth is a symbol both of Incarnation and of the sanctity of simple family life. This festival relates primarily to the shrine of the Holy House at Loretto in Italy, where the House is encased in baroque finery; but, of course, there is the restored Anglican Holy House at Walsingham, where the architecture and ambience still speak of the joyfully optimistic Anglo-Catholicism of the 1930s (and its fine aesthetic taste). In the Ordinariate, we have not lost our affection for this shrine; the Mass authorised in our Missal for our Lady of Walsingham is the lovely old Mass authorised for the Holy House at Loretto (by Innocent XII, 1691-1700), which Fr Fynes Clinton adapted for use at Walsingham by simply omitting the phrase in the Collect about a miraculous Translation!! Sadly, the Anglican shrine has given up the use of this Mass. We in the Ordinariate are faithful old bodies ... we don't just dump our Anglo-Catholic Patrimony!

There was a (now lost) Holy House at Glastonbury, where the void reminds one of the void that lies at the heart of Protestantism, Liberalism, Relativism, and Iconoclasm. I have a private suspicion that these English medieval Holy Houses might have had their origins in First Millennium wooden or turf Oratories which were already venerated for their antiquity long before the Norman Conquest.

15 comments:

UnanimousConsent said...

I think you will see less hesitancy toward enriching the EF Calendar once the SSPX issue is resolved.

Tom Broughton said...

You forgot DEC 12, which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Queen of the Americas.

Fr John Hunwicke said...

Dear Tom

Are you ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY COMPLETELY sure that you actually READ my post before dashing off your speedy comment?

Mike Cliffson said...

I wish I could see proven that for St Juan Diego and his people "guadalupe" approximates the sound in aztec (or other dialect used by the saint ?) snakecrusheress , the "first "our lady of guadalupe, in Extremadura , Spain , with connections to columbus being a post-reconquest finding, of which there have been many , of images of our lady hidden in the 8th century (by presumably mistaken Christians uninformed of how peaceful was the religion of of the arab and berber tourists who were taking over the country by invitation, if you will), guadalupe , place name of the finding place ,being a hispanicized form of something arabic starting with the word for river, creek or similar, whence our word waddy, and "lupe" noone knows that I know of. Which image and why were on the flagship at lepanto, etc, used to be proudly printed in booklets at the Spanish shrine , but untracked elsewhere.CF Fatima.
NB rather unvisited shrine these days, Guadalupe, Extremadura.Hint.

El Codo said...

Father ,you write so well,but please please drop this mummery..."Anglo Catholic" is an impossibility..You are Catholic or Protestant in the West.You were Protestant and now are Catholic.

Fr John Hunwicke said...

No. Pope Benedict made clear that we should bring our Patrimony with us into Full Communion. That means properly respecting it and maintaining a continuity between where/what we were and where/what we are. The Ordinariate Missal, on every single page, expresses this principle. That is why I am an Ordinariate Catholic and not a 'diocesan' Catholic.

And the tradition from which I came accepted the whole Catholic Faith, up to and including the two Vatican Councils. Personally, I celebrated the Tridentine Mass, in Latin, on most days of the week. Most common folk, as well as the C16 'reformers', would find it difficult to characterise that religious life-style as "Protestant".

Incidentally, I noticed a couple of typos (of spacing) in your comment ...

tradgardmastare said...

Well said Father in response to Tom.

Brian M said...

Father, the Benedictine Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault and its foundations have been given permission by Ecclesia Dei to include modern sanctoral observances as a modification to their use of the 1962 liturgical books. Fontgombault's daughterhouse, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, will observe both S. Joannis Didaci Cuanhtlatoazin Conf. on 9 October and B.M.V. de Guadalupe on 12 October.

Brian M said...

Propers for both can be found in the following:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/clear-creek-monastery/supplement-to-the-missal-1962/paperback/product-5116781.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/clear-creek-monastery/supplementum-ad-antiphonale-monasticum/paperback/product-4621237.html

John said...

Clear Creek wouldn't have needed special permission for Our Lady of Guadalupe on 12 December. Many, if not all, of the dioceses in the southwestern United States celebrated that feast long before the 2d Vatican council. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and I think many others, had complete Mass and Office propers.

El Codo said...

Father,ubi Petrus,ibi Ecclesia?

Jacobi said...

December 8th.

“I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet and I was already conceived ; ”

Mary Kay said...

I'm an old-school Roman trad who loves the feasts of OL of Guadalupe and of St Juan Diego. Their home place is quite a way south of me but I am delighted to be even on the same continent. Actually, I'm delighted to be on the same globe as you, and so many great Catholics. I thank God daily for it!

Matthew Roth said...

The Institute of Christ the King might celebrate OLG locally in Tucson, but the ORDO isn’t quite ready for national deviations...even local saints, like Duchense in St. Louis, get snubbed.

John Vasc said...

I would give a lot to be able to attend a Tridentine Mass for the Feast of St Edmund Campion.
St Edmund, pray for us, and give us both your courage and your ready wit.