Monthly Archives: May 2017

Oh, one other thought: The Melchizadek Club

In my previous piece [vide infra] I wrote about the liturgical magnificence of the Irvingites – the soi disant Catholic Apostolic Church. From what little I know about it directly, and from what I have read, it would seem that … Continue reading

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Fragments that remain

When I became pastor of St George’s, Stevenage, in 1963 I found in the parish community an elderly lady, Miss Adele Packer, who had been raised in the Catholic Apostolic Church – the “Irvingites” as they were called. The story … Continue reading

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As Shakespeare said: “What’s in a name?”

These thoughts were prompted by a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal (May 13) on the contemporary popularity ratings of names given to children – “Christian names” as we would call them, rather than the secular preference for “Forenames”. … Continue reading

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Be fruitful, and multiply

Thoughts on Mothers’ Day,  as we welcome into our family our beautiful, new-born, adopted twin grandchildren, Samuel and Thomas. Some thirty-five years ago I attended a conference in Indianapolis on preaching. One of the featured speakers at that conference referred … Continue reading

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Two quotes, somewhat related but from very different sources —

  First, Charles Moore, writing in The Spectator, August 27, 2016:  “Of course, in the first-name culture that now prevails, titles might seem merely decorative, and offensive to the cult of equality. The death of the Duke of Westminster has … Continue reading

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When the Faith … was fanned to a holy blaze

  A few days ago the incomparable Fr Hunwicke had a most interesting piece on his blog – as, indeed, he does every day; but this piece was of particular and personal interest to me. Without his permission — because … Continue reading

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