Commissioning the Construction of a Portable Altar Appropriate for the TLM, by Fr. Andrew Marlborough
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by David Clayton
2w ago
My friend, Fr Andrew Marlborough, (whom some readers will be aware of through his writing on this site about the recovery of liturgical artifacts from action houses) recently contacted about a portable altar he had made for personal use. I asked him to describe the process and how consideration of the different requirements that went into the design of altar. Fr Andrew is a priest of the Diocese of Plymouth, in England. The carpenter who built the altar is Dutch, his name is Daan Lockefeer: www.lockefeermeubelmaker.nl. When asked to help at a university chaplaincy, I was shocked to ..read more
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Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bad for Sacred Art?
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by David Clayton
1M ago
I have been asked this question many times recently. Most who ask it are worried that it will have a detrimental effect on the sacred art that we see in our churches and homes. My response is that while AI may pose many great problems in other aspects of human life, I think that its impact on sacred art will be either negligible or positive. An AI generated Simeon and Jesus I don't believe that it is possible for AI to create art that is of the right quality, no matter how good the technology is because authentic sacred art relies on inspiration from God for its originality. AI is not open to ..read more
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Upgrade to SingtheOffice.com - Now Compliant with the Rubrics of the Daily Office of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
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by David Clayton
1M ago
Twelve months ago I wrote a post about and excellent online resource for chanting the Office at home, SingtheOffice.com. Now, it is even better as it has been upgraded so as to provide daily Offices from the English prayerbook tradition, fully pointed for Gregorian chant, and compliant with the rubrics of Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition) of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. You can read about the changeshere. It provides all the Propers as well as the Ordinary for Morning Prayer,  Evening Prayer, and Compline. The is access to recordings of every ..read more
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Around the Auctions
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by David Clayton
1M ago
Here is another in a series of occasional articles. It comes again from Fr Andrew Marlborough who prior to joining seminary worked in the world of art sales. The hope through these articles is to raise awareness of the sort of liturgical artifacts that might be found in auction houses, so that more can be saved for Church use. Fr Andrew writes: There continues to be an overwhelming amount of Catholic sacred art appearing on the auction market. Dozens and dozens of sacred vessels, monstrances, relics, vestments, and other items appear at auction every week across Europe and America. Although al ..read more
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Sarum Vespers and Benediction, 6pm on Friday March 1st, 2024, the Feast of St Chad of Mercia, in Princeton University Chapel, co-sponsored by Scala Foundation
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by David Clayton
1M ago
There will be a solemn choral Vespers according to the medieval Use of Sarum on March 1st in the beautiful neo-gothic chapel of Princeton University. The service of Vespers and Benediction is to be co-sponsored by Scala Foundation, and is organized by our great friend Peter Carter of the Catholic Sacred Music Project, who is also the choir director for the Aquinas Institute of Princeton University which is hosting the event. Some of you will remember Peter directing the choir that led us in prayer at the Scala Foundation conference in Princeton last spring. The music on this occ ..read more
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Register Now for an Institute of Catholic Culture Course: Introduction to Patristics
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by David Clayton
2M ago
Thursday evenings, EST, January 25th to June 20th, taught by Fr John Pepino Our friends at the Institute of Catholic Culture are offering a course on the writings of the Church Fathers. It is simultaneously an introduction and a deep dive into the works of these great figures of the Church. Through the guidance of the renouned and expert teacher of patristics Fr. John Pepino, students focus on those Fathers that are worthy of detailed study, while mainting a sense of an integrated body of teaching. It promises to be a stimulating and life-changing course.  To register go to instituteofcat ..read more
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A Marian Pilgrimage in Oxford
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by David Clayton
2M ago
Transmiting the Faith, contributing to the culture, and building community amongst friends. Here are some photos and amateur videos of a pilgrimage that Margarita and I undertook recently, on the Saturday morning before the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The idea began because Margarita is on sabbatical at Blackfriars College, the Dominican college in Oxford. The Dominicans have a great devotion to Mary of course and Margarita offered a weekly breakfast seminar group, open to all, focussing on the role of Mary as Theotokos. It was offered especially for searchers who are looking at th ..read more
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Art Participates in God’s Governance—Bradley Elliott, O.P.
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by David Clayton
3M ago
Here is an excellent interview of Fr. Brad Elliott O.P. by Thomas Mirus of CatholicCulture.org. Fr Elliott, a professional drummer turned Dominican friar, joins the Catholic Culture podcast to discuss his book, The The Shape of the Artistic Mind: A Search for the Metaphysical Link Between Art and Morals in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas. His book project began with the question 'What is the connection of the virtue of art, and the moral virtues?'  I am not aware of anyone who as responded so deeply and precisely to this question, which has a direct impact on our work as Christians in the w ..read more
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The Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art
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by David Clayton
4M ago
An Authentic Formation in Master Sacred Artists in the Manner of Medieval Guilds Last month I featured the Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art in two posts This week I want to explain more about what is going on there and why I think that this provides a unitque model for the re-establishment of authentic traditions in sacred art and the evagelization of the culture, and which should be a prototype for others. It has been established under the leadership of the renowned iconographer, Aidan Hart and two of his senior former students, who are now masters in their own right, taking c ..read more
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A Contemporary Mosaic of St Dominic in Chichester Cathedral
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by David Clayton
4M ago
Here are some photos of recently mosaic of St Dominic, completed just a year ago. It was commissioned by the Anglican Bishop of Chichester, Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner. It was done by artist Jim Blackstone in a three month residency at the cathedral. During the residency, James worked alongside fellow liturgical artist Martin Earle within a custom-built studio. The project was developed with celebrated liturgical artist Aidan Hart. Aidan, Martin and Jim who are Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican respectively have recently established a new studio and liturgical art school -The Chic ..read more
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