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The Albanite and the Toad

posted Oct 29, 2012, 7:16 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 2:11 PM ]
No, it is not a parable, nor from Aesop's fables.  It is the Albanite newsletter from John Cornelius, together with the fact we are meeting for a pint or two and good conversation at the Old Toad English pub.  A few of the Fellowship will meet there this Thursday, November 1, from 5-7pm in the sitting room - all are welcome to join us and celebrate the momentous events of the past couple weeks, and look forward to more of the same in the coming months.

Also, some of our regular readers may have noticed that the format of the landing page has changed to reflect our new status.  The webmaster will keep a diary of the musical settings for our Sunday Evensong, which will change weekly.

A few of our fellow Catholics have asked:   What exactly is Evensong?  To shamelessly steal a phrase from Msgr. Burnham, it is one of great shards of the precious vase which is English Catholicism.  It is the mediæval name for Vespers, combined with the office of Compline, giving us the twin climaxes of two Gospel canticles, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. It can be prayed privately, but usually in a parish setting, it is sung by either choir or congregation with officiant.  If you visit our group for this service, you will sing hymns, hear sacred scripture, and chant the psalms and canticles.  The service is always followed by a "coffee hour" to which everyone is invited.