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The Harrowing of Hell and the Hope in Despair

The days leading up to and including Easter have varied in since their very first observance. One part of the medieval Easter liturgy and a fixture in medieval passion plays that has since disappeared from Roman observance is the Cum Rex Gloriae. An Easter processional antiphon, it has been variously attributed to Augustine of Hippo and St Jerome. Cum … Continue reading

Augustine, a stalker?

Can’t help but get that feeling since I visited the Priory in Suffolk. In this month’s Prospect (http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/), he is mentioned two articles, neither having to do with religion (or Latin for that matter). The first article, Shifting Sands, is about, of all things, Qatar.  Congratulations must be given to Graham Boyce, quoted here by … Continue reading

Augustine and Dawkins: the prequel

In this regard, we cannot understate the importance of the late Roman imperial decrees of the 4th century, by which the subjects of the Roman Empire were required by law to live, as the decree said, ‘according to the apostolic discipline and evangelical doctrine.’ Alan Bekhor, “God, the West and the Scholastic Mentality’ http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/text-march-11-god-the-west-and-the-scholastic-mentality-alan-bekhor-aquinas-maimonides-bacon It … Continue reading

On Easter and Bees, or as it is Good Friday some thoughts from Augustine for Richard Dawkins…

Carmen Paschale (Sedulius Scottus) Surrexit Christus sol versus vespere noctis, surgit et hinc domini mystica messis agri, nunc vaga puniceis apium plebs laeta labore floribus instrepitans poblite mella legit. nunc variae volucres permulcent aethera cantu, temperat et pernox nunc philomela melos. nunc chorus ecclesiae cantat per cantica Sion, alleluia suis centuplicatque tonis. Tado, pater patriae, … Continue reading

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