We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Most Precious Blood

Bicknell's book on the 39 Articles is indeed grand. It is full of much good stuff (and what some would claim isn't true should be true). Now that seminaries are throwing these books out, clean copies can be had on the cheap. Mine came from the Bangor Theological Seminary. The final "Date Due" slip shows it was checked out last on 5 June 1979 and then 18 April 1994. A handwritten note suggests it may have been discarded on 26 December 2006. In all events, the school itself, founded in 1814, closed its doors for good on 22 June 2013.

We now have the same opportunity as when, in the 1970s, monasteries and nunneries closed, and ordinary parishes lobbed out all of their archaic texts. Most of my collection of missals and breviaries comes from this time period, when there was essentially a 'fire sale'. (I wish I had possessed greater means, so that traditional furnishings could have been procured, in addition.)

Anywho, here's a nice discussion that can be got as pdf or read online, as well.

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