Sunday, 7 September 2008

XXIII In Ordinary.

A good turnout today for High Mass including a few new faces again, which bodes well and hopefully does not mean a bad turnout for the splendours of next Sunday! I shall not mention the beautiful red high mass set we will be using, nor will I mention the chasuble made from the Duke of Aragon's baptismal cloth, nor the chasuble bearing the crest of a long dead famous Bishop, nor shall I mention the fine Flemish needlework on the third chasuble which will be worn by our visiting friends in choir, for such things are unfashionable and silly. I shall content myself with private thoughts on that, as well as the four majestic reliquaries and the ten tall candles which will be adorning our altar and the crucifers tunicle shall go unmentioned as well, for I would not want people to think that we were glorifying God or anything so old fashioned.

One man who is polymathic in his knowledge of Church architecture, stained glass, vestments and ritual is Revd. Allan Barton, pictured above in dalmatic taking an inconspicuous walk around York with some friends from the Shy Society. He is an avid reader of Anglican Wanderings and he has a good resource on Flickr, a file sharing site of his very professional photographs. Anyway, without wanting to draw any more viewers away from this site to the preponderance of new Anglo Catholic sites can I interest you in his new site? It is here, and is devoted to Medieval Church art. If anyone can bring that period to life, with good quality writing and photography, it is Allan.

Elsewhere in the world of blogs, Orbis Catholicus has been advertising vestments from Charbel Vestments of Singapore. AW has a green preaching stole from them and is very impressed with the embroidery and the manufacture, but less so with the base fabric used, although some have expressed delight in it. I will put some photographs up soon. Very good value vestments can be procured from Frank at Catholic Liturgicals in India, here, we have a green High Mass set from him and a couple of copes. It is not Watts by any means, but it is fifty pounds for a five piece low Mass set. Choose carefully and specify lining in everything, go for the one good liturgical fabric he has and you should be happy.

At the end of Mass today, a couple of the new people said how happy they were that they had come to St Hilda's and found such a beautiful, Godly service. Another new couple also expressed satidfaction with us, so that is all to the good. We hope to see them again, next time they are in the area and they went after much coffee and cakes with our warmest best wishes.

The list fills up briskly for the coach going from St Hilda's to the FinF Northern festival at York Minster in November, which is good. My friend Fr John Livesley at Swinton tells me that their list almost filled up immediately, which is encouraging. We need these occasions to show our solidarity and support for each other in these times and to remind ourselves just how many of us there are, as we were reminded at Bolton Abbey when so many people came seemingly out of the woodwork to support us.