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Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB

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February 19, 2021
Our liturgical recognition of the Coptic Martyrs," argues Fr Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB, "would offer an icon to the world of the heavenly communion that all who have died for Christ now share in Him."
January 17, 2021
Pope Francis has refocused the ecumenical initiative away from the formal, institutional unity being laboriously investigated by theologians, to an informal, grassroots, and immediate unity in the martyr-blood of ordinary Christians.
April 04, 2019
After several decades of liturgy wars, few are unaware of the turbulent history of the post-conciliar liturgy since the New Order of Mass (Novus Ordo Missae) was promulgated 50 years ago, on April 3, 1969, by Pope Paul VI with his apostolic constitution, Missale Romanum. The Novus Ordo was produced in a mere five dizzying
October 25, 2018
The Shattering of Loneliness: On Christian Remembrance by Erik Varden OCSO, Bloomsbury, 192pp £10.99 The Cistercian community of Mount St Bernard in Leicestershire has reinvented itself both by taking bold new steps and re-embracing its traditions. Electing the young Dom Erik Varden as abbot in 2015, the English Trappists also decided to close the dairy
June 22, 2017
Prayer in the Catholic Tradition edited by Robert J Wicks, Franciscan Media , £31 The latter half of the 20th century saw the ascendancy of buzzwords, handmaidens of fads and fashions. Sometimes perfectly good old words were co-opted for new ends. One such word is “spirituality”, which was often employed as a safe word by
October 06, 2016
The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy Edited by Alcuin Reid, T&T Clark, £130 The T&T Clark Companion to Liturgy has been launched into the rather choppy waters of contemporary liturgical studies. It comprises 22 articles of generous length by an international assembly of scholars, and offers a comprehensive overview of current liturgical issues. Reid’s introduction