St Anselm’s progresses by leaps and bounds – after the pews, now a pulpit

Not a month has passed since I was standing in St. Anselm’s new permanent church in Pembury, and since then the new developments have not ceased. First a tabernacle, then veils, crosses, a sacristy bell, last week the pews and now Fr. Ed reports that a pulpit has been given to the parish and has been inaugurated with two homilies this Sunday.

He writes:

This morning people were overjoyed with the new benches which have given St. Anselm’s a feeling of being a permanent and proper church. And we were also overjoyed, and grateful, that a new pulpit has been gifted to us this week. It fits so perfectly into the sanctuary and is another item of quality to glorify this space and set it aside for the devout worship and praise of God.

20504_931898160208065_91959484647703260_nThe pulpit has been given as a memorial to Father Ambrose McLoughlin, who passed away this year, by members of his family and former parishioners. Fr. Ambrose was, for some 70 years, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark serving as parish priest of Our Lady of Victories, Wimbledon until his retirement. An uncompromising man who spoke truth to those in authority he hated sin and loved sinners. This pulpit is given that his work may be continued in God’s name.

Being filled with child like excitement at the fruits being harvested in Pembury, Father Nicholas and I both wished to try out the new pulpit! So I preached at 9:15am and he at 11am! During his homily he took up the theme of abundance from left overs – reflecting on the feeding of the 5000. He pointed out to us that everything brought into our church these last three years- altar, pulpit, benches, stations, cruficixes et al, were at some point considered surplus to requirements. Either due to parish closure or refurbishment. And so from the left overs of others we have built this place. And now we must go out and fill it with abundance to the glory of God.

11745489_931898193541395_1706461619439782957_nThe inscription carved around the new pulpit is rather apt. “be ye doers of the word and not hearers only” A motto for each one of us to take to heart. Do click on the images to enlarge them. They were taken on Friday morning when the pulpit was gathered into the church. We owe thanks to Mike Blande for driving to collect it and helping to polish and instal it. And to Jemima for modelling it for us. This morning the hymn board was placed in a new position and a crucifix hung above the pulpit as is fitting.


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7 Responses to St Anselm’s progresses by leaps and bounds – after the pews, now a pulpit

  1. porys says:

    Nice. Ordinariate groups re-catholicise Catholic churches 😀
    BTW. Are these two former Anglican priests who now belong to Pembury Ordinariate group on the track to ordination? (I don’t know their names and surnames).

    • No, The priests referred to in the blogpost are Fr. Ed Tomlinson and Fr. Nicholas Leviseur, parish administrator and assistant priest at St. Anselm’s, who were ordained for the Ordinariate a few years ago. However there are two further former Anglican priests attached to the Tunbridge Wells group in Pembury who are in the process of preparation for ordination. One of them is (Father) Jack Lusted.

  2. EPMS says:

    I was interested to see a video on the Bl JHN, Irvine Facebook page of the reflections of a young man who is entering seminary this fall. It is unclear how long he has been connected with Bl JHN, but in any event I have been interested in the question of the next generation of (celibate) priests coming out of Ordinariate parishes, and how they will be attracted to that vocation given the lack of immediate role models.

  3. sottocapo says:

    Could you please explain why it is called a pulpit and not an ambo? I am just a bit confused as we would call it an ambo in our parish. Thank you.

  4. sottocapo says:

    Hang on – is a pulpit just for giving the homily while the ambo is for proclaiming the Word of God? I see there is still an ambo in the photo.

    • Actually the other stand on the photo is not an ambo but a lectern for the use of the priest during the liturgy of the word while he is seated at the sedilia. The ambo is a second, normally more solid, built-in podium from which the readings and the gospel are read, and the homily preached in absence of a specific pulpit.

      After Vatican II it became common for free-standing pulpits to be dismantled and for them to be resurrected as very elaborate ambos (see Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston).

      The Pembury pulpit is so called because you actually walk or climb into it and it encircles the priest (except for the opening to enter). Existing pulpits nowadays are often used for all readings, the homily and even the Prayers of the Faithful (cf. Westminster Cathedral during the visit of Pope Benedict in 2010).

  5. sottocapo says:

    Thank you for the clarification.

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