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The 'Gloria in Excelsis'...

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...is sung at the end? The bat-eared amongst you may have noticed that last week's Gloria in Excelsis (sung to the setting in F by Harold Darke) featured slightly odd sounding words. This week's will also sound different from the usual, English version that we are accustomed to.
It is not just the words that are different--this morning as we were rehearsing the Gloria from Howells' Collegium Regale setting of the Eucharist for this coming Sunday, one of the choristers asked why it came after the Agnus Dei in the printed editions that we have?
Both Darke and Howells' settings set the Eucharistic service as found in the Book of Common Prayer (the BCP). The first edition of of the BCP was edited by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 after King Henry VIII's break from Rome and the establishment of the Church of England. Other editions followed during this tumultuous period of English History. It was finally standardized in 1662 and remains the sole, authorized liturgical book of the…

In all his words most wonderful...

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...most sure in all his ways.

On the evening October 9th 1841 an Italian Passionist priest trudged through the Oxfordshire countryside in order to reach a small collection of converted farm buildings in the village of Littlemore known as 'the college'. These buildings were the home of John Henry Newman and a small group of like-minded followers who were all devotees of the 'Oxford Movement',
Sometimes referred to as the 'Tractarian Movement', the Oxford Movement was a movement within the Church of England that began at the University of Oxford in the first half of the nineteenth-century. It sought to bring about a fuller understanding of the Church of England as being part of the 'one holy, catholic, and apostolic church'. This manifested itself in efforts to instate aspects of patristic theology and pre-reformation ritual into the Church of England. The movement was spearheaded by three clergymen who were all Fellows of Oriel College: John Keble, Edward…