Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Something Different for Holy Week

It's amazing where you can end up in the blogworld, by starting with Fr Hunwicke's Liturgical Notes, and clicking on links from there (in the comments, that is). This morning, for example, I started with a greatly satisfying dunking of Richard Dawkins for his diatribe against the Pope, and went on to enjoy reading about a fine old Anglican Catholic priest, and musings in the comments about the missal he used. From there I was directed to the Ex Fide blog, to read more about the Reverend Henry J. Fynes Clinton, where I found this striking photo essay about how Palm Sunday was celebrated in the Catholic rite before the reforms instituted by Pius XII.

Clicking on a link in the margin at the Ex Fide site took me to All of Creation Rejoices, where I enjoyed a retelling of the tale of the Emperor with No Clothes, in relation to the folly recently promulgated as "Earth Hour." And then I had to follow his link to "Margaret's blog", where he said there was a post which had made him laugh harder than he had for years. That turned out to be the blog Doves and Pomegranates, headed up by this wonderful quotation from the (then) Rev. Dr. Newman:
Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Go your way; eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God now accepteth your works; let your garments be always white, and let your head lack no ointment.

Revd. Dr. John Henry Newman quoting the Holy Ghost, 25 April, 1843.

The post which was linked is this one, entitled "Of Anglicans, Palms and Owlets." And yes, if you are into Anglican eccentricities and zaniness, the post is very funny, especially the bit about the clumsy thurifer who managed to set the tray of dried palm crosses alight, thereby making ready for Ash Wednesday a year in advance. I commend it to your readings for Holy Week.

From there you may choose further links to Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican blogs, or to others about embroidery, photography, food, and "the fair field o' folk, turtles and other stuff."

And there you have it: from Anglican Curmudgeon to Unhappy Hipsters in just five jumps. The world is your oyster! Enjoy.


  1. What an incredibly small world it has become. Did you note that, in Margaret's article from Saturday, 20th March, entitled :Should be unimaginable, the next to the last link in the body of that article is a link to your post The Dog in the Manger(II): Good Shepherd?

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  2. In no way to detract from the excellent Newman but most of the quotation is Ecclesiastes 9:7.

    Have been teaching a series on it Sunday evenings at church.

  3. Thanks, MA and Rick, for those contributions. Since the blogger gives a specific date for the quote from Newman, I assume it must be from some occasional sermon or homily (April 25, 1843 was a Tuesday). You are right about the quotation from Ecclesiastes for the second part, Rick; the first sentence bears a resemblance to Deuteronomy 6:18.

  4. Marvelous posts you have linked, Curmudgeon!

    That is the thing about the WWW, one can find so many ways to spend time!!

    A blessed Holy Week and a glorious Easter to you all!

  5. Ah, I fear the blogger has got something wrong, the quotation was, from memory, from 'The Parting of Friends' which would not have been preached on a Tuesday. When I have moved house and unpacked I will work it out.

  6. Thanks, Anglican Curmudgeon, for some reason despite knowing enough about Newman to know better I had confused April and September.