Interesting article by Ronald Crane on the celebration of Evensong with the Customary and Internet

The Portal has published an article by its editor Ronald Crane, himself a former Anglican priest, on the musical resourcefulness of the Internet:

An Enriched Prayer with the Customary and the Internet
A personal revelation is shared by Ronald Crane

customaryThe publication of the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2012 brought “Ordinariate Use” within the grasp of all members of the Ordinariate, lay and clerical. It is not to everyone’s taste, of course not, but, for those who have tried it and found it useful, it is a treasure of prayer and worship.

I began to use it as soon as it was published. I do not really know why. The Roman Office had been my staple diet since the 1960s! Maybe I am just obedient, or like a change. Whatever, I tried it.

Much to my surprise, the Customary and I got on very well. At the time, a friend had a job as Verger at a nearby Anglican Cathedral and on occasion, I would go there for Evensong. It occurred to me that Evensong at the Cathedral and in the Customary were not that different.

Missing Anglican Cathedral music more than words can tell

Music is, and always has been, an important aspect of my life and worship. The happiest ten years of my life were a spell as Vicar of an Anglican Church with a superb cathedral-standard choir. I can honestly say that I was missing Anglican Cathedral music more than words can tell. Then the thought came to me. I do not have to miss it at all. The Customary provides the basis and the Internet the means.

I set about searching the Internet. It is all there; Cathedral Evensong after Cathedral Evensong. Together with some CDs (two editions of all 150 psalms for example), one can have Cathedral Evensong according to our Customary in the comfort of one’s own home every evening.

Repertoire on the web site for free

Saint John’s College Cambridge has the majority of their repertoire on their web site for free! King’s College Cambridge places about five or six Evensongs on their web site every week. Trinity Cambridge, New College Oxford, together with many more, do the same. One of the best is St Thomas’, 5th Avenue, New York; a wonderful building and a wonderful choir.

This is quite apart from individual pieces of music on iTunes and YouTube, and on many other music web sites such as “The Chant Café” and the “Saturday Chorale”; not forgetting BBC Radio 3’s weekly Choral Evensong on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Awash with Choral Evensong music

The web is awash with Choral Evensong music; Preces and Responses by Clucas and Smith of Durham via Kenneth Leighton; Plainsong Office Hymns; Canticles; Anthems; and organ music to die for. For example, just before she died, Marie-Claire Alain recorded the complete organ works of J. S Bach and they are all there on the Internet. Not only do I pray Choral Evensong every day, it closes with a superb Organ Voluntary as well!

Crane’s own private Cathedral

Friends mock. One referred to “Crane’s own private Cathedral”, and I suppose it might be thought eccentric in some quarters, but it works for me. As a great man once said, “Pray as you can, not as your can’t.” Well I do, every day at 5pm all stops for the hour of Choral Evensong.

But it is not just Evensong; with care and forethought, Choral Mattins on Festivals can enrich the diet.

Some of you will remember the days when Saturday evenings were completed on BBC Radio 4 by Choral Compline. Well, the good people of St David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas, have three or four year’s worth of Sunday Compline on the Internet thanks to the redoubtable Susan Richter.

There are those who despise the Customary and the Internet can have a bad name, but here is an instance of where these two enhance our prayer life. Go on! Try it.

Ronald Crane

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The Portal – October 2014

To read this month’s The Portal with extensive reports on the celebrations of September just click on the photo below:

The Portal - Oct 2014

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Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – October 2014

cycle_of_prayer_button_webClick on the link below to acceed to the Cycle of Prayer for October.

On the second page, alongside the Holy Father’s prayer intentions, you can find a selection of prayers from Blessed John Henry Newman.

Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – 201410

We should be very pleased if you decide to join our praying community (you may wish to replace one or two intentions on the Cycle with your own personal ones – no problem.)

If you wish to receive the Cycle of Prayer by eMail every month, please contact us at .

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Newman Fellowship moves from Newtown Square to Strafford

The Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman, which is currently preparing for reception into the Catholic Church under the guidance of Fr. David Ousley, pastor of St Michael the Archangel Ordinariate Community, Philadelphia, has announced that it is moving from the Latvian Lutheran Church in Newtown Square, PA, to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 35 Old Eagle School Road in Strafford, PA, also a suburb of Philadelphia – in all a distance of about 5 miles.

Newtown Square to StraffordThe first Mass which the group will be attending in Strafford will be at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday October 5. As this is not one of the parish’s regular Mass times, this will no doubt be an Ordinariate Use Mass celebrated by Fr. Ousley specifically for the Fellowship.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Strafford PA

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Strafford PA

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Coventry Harvest Festival next Friday evening

In the weekly newsletter of the Coventry Ordinariate Mission you can read the following announcement of the upcoming Harvest Festival, which is being held on a weekday because Catholic liturgy does not permit the same flexibility in selecting harvest-themed readings, propers, etc. on a Sunday as we were accustomed to in the Anglican Church. This is an interesting point. Hopefully the attendance does not suffer because of the change of day.

Friday 3rd October 2014 – 7pm

This year our Harvest Thanksgiving for the gifts of God’s creation will be on Friday 3rd October, CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. Having it on a weekday allows us to pull out all the stops and have harvest readings, propers and hymns, whereas on a Sunday we’re bound by the readings and propers set for that day.

Please give this occasion your full support by being here and spreading the word to others. As a token of your thanks to God you are invited to offer non-perishable food items during the Mass which will be given to Coventry FoodBank. Any monetary gifts you may wish to bring will go to CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).

St Joseph the Worker - home of the Coventry Ordinariate Mission

St Joseph the Worker – home of the Coventry Ordinariate Mission

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Some interesting statistics from Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston

Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas, the principal church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, publish collection and attendance statistics every week in the parish bulletin. Here are just two examples, for July 6, 2014 and September 14, 2014:

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St. Thomas More – Baldwin Academy, Toronto, is searching for donors for choral bursaries

Peregrinations (Fr. John Hodgins) writes:

St. Thomas More, Toronto, launches Choral Music Bursary Program for Kids

STM -Baldwin Academy, Toronto, was launched in September and is happy to report that we have eight choristers in the choral programme who have auditioned successfully so far. Our goal is to have at least 15 by Christmas.

Katharine Mahon, our music director, is very pleased with the good voices. The children meet for choir practice after lessons at Sacré-Coeur Church in Cabbagetown, downtown Toronto. Already we have an invitation to sing at our neighbouring Holy Rosary Parish for their Christmas concert. So we are very hopeful.

st thomas more toronto at sacre coeurWe serve in an economically challenged part of the city and have one family with 14 children and so need some bursary assistance for 5 of these children. All are excellent singers.

So we are asking for donors to fund choral bursaries to help us include all children who successfully audition.

STM – Baldwin Academy is naming bursaries after people in whose memory or honour a bursary of $400 or more is made. A Mass will be offered for the intentions of the donor as well. So far, we have the commitment for one bursary:

+ The Dr. W.J. Wallace Hodgins Memorial Choral Bursary

We are very thankful for the prayers and support of many Ordinariate members and friends. Please keep praying for this very worthy music education project that will be of lifelong benefit to the children

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