The Cult of the Cross & Christ the King Sunday

Tomorrow is Christ the King Sunday.  Rick Dugan has a good meditation on the topic over at St. George the Dragonslayer.  The image of Christ as the King he is was one easily taken up by the Anglo-Saxon world, reflected in many pieces of literature, such as Andreas where Christ is portrayed as a King … Continue reading The Cult of the Cross & Christ the King Sunday

The Cult of the Cross: The New Tree of Life

One third-century image of the Cross worth considering from the literature surrounding the Cult of the Cross (previous posts here) is that of the Cross as a tree that brings life to the world.  Pseudo-Hippolytus proclaims in Paschal Homily 51: This tree is my everlasting salvation.  It is my food, a shared banquet.  Its roots … Continue reading The Cult of the Cross: The New Tree of Life

The Cult of the Cross: The Bible & The Cross

In my previous post on the subject, we saw that a “cult” of the Cross was a natural development within Christian piety, and that such a cult properly focusses upon our Saviour who died for us upon the Cross.  The Cross itself is incidental; it is a symbol or icon of the salvific event of … Continue reading The Cult of the Cross: The Bible & The Cross

The Cult of the Cross 1

A while ago, I posted a blog about the origins of the sign of the Cross here.  The post was fairly innocuous — a few quotations from the Fathers about making the sign of the Cross and the power that the Cross has over demons with another from Martin Luther thrown in for good measure … Continue reading The Cult of the Cross 1

Brief Thoughts on the Green Man

If you look for the Green Man on the internet (as with popular books), most people you will find who discuss this allegedly mythological figure will tie connections between High and Late Mediaeval grotesques and some Imperial Roman art, which is fair enough, and then often run off telling you about vaguely similar things in … Continue reading Brief Thoughts on the Green Man

The Evangelical Meaning of High Church Worship

A church I know that made the transition from ‘High Church’ to ‘Low Church’ removed the statue of its patronal saint from the sanctuary into the vestry. This move was made on the grounds that, ‘This an evangelical church, not an Anglo-Catholic Church.’ The same minister, who had worn a cope in the past, refused … Continue reading The Evangelical Meaning of High Church Worship

Saint of the Week: St. Andrew the Apostle

Since St. Andrew’s Day was this week, and St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (where I live), he’s this week’s saint. St. Andrew, judging from the Gospel accounts, was originally a fisherman, and then a disciple of St. John the Baptist.  But when the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes … Continue reading Saint of the Week: St. Andrew the Apostle

The “Cult” of the Cross?

I have previously posted here about the Cult of the Cross (here, here, and here).  What do we mean by cult? We do not mean a fringe religious group or behaviour or brainwashing or heterodox community of persons.  That is an entirely different definition of cult although both come from the Latin word cultus. For … Continue reading The “Cult” of the Cross?

John Donne: Good Friday

Tom Wright declares, in The Prison Letters (fr. his series Paul for Everyone): As you look at the incarnate son of God dying on the cross the most powerful thought you should think is: this is the true meaning of who God is.  He is the God of self-giving love. (103) In Holy Week at … Continue reading John Donne: Good Friday

Classic Christian Texts

Writing is a way of preserving the knowledge and wisdom of one age and passing it along to others.  The Scriptures were first written down to ensure that the teachings and actions of Christ did not become garbled in transmission.  Christianity is, as a result, a decidedly textual religion; we are no doubt affected more … Continue reading Classic Christian Texts