Bede’s Sacred Time Collection (via Heavenfield)

Cross posting from my other blog, Heavenfield.

Bede's Sacred Time Collection We have gotten used to the concept of Bede’s Temple trilogy as if they were the driving force behind his life’s work. A far bigger and broader theme can be found on his works, a planned collection of works on cosmology and sacred time. These works stretch from his earliest works to among his last. An incomplete list is a follows: – The Nature of Things and On Time, 703 – On Revelations, c. 703 – On Genesis (717-725) – On the Reckoning of Time, c. … Read More

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Holy Women, Holy Men

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church now has a blog “to invite feedback about some of our current projects”. The two primary projects they have on the blog are Holy Women, Holy Men and resources for same-sex blessings.

For Holy Women, Holy Men they appear to be posting for each feast day so that comments can be made on individual changes. I believe the 2012 General Convention will be asked to give final approval to the proposed calendar changes.

The Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music’s blog can be found here.

Finally… the de Brailes Hours

I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced copy of this book for literally years. Finally today it was waiting on my doorstep. Finding books on early Books of Hours that focus on more than the art is not easy.

The de Brailes Book of Hours is particularly important because it is the earliest independent English book of hours. Even though it is the earliest surviving copy it also gives plenty of evidence that there was already a thriving trade in Books of Hours for the laity. This book was made for a middle class woman by a professional book of hours maker, William de Brailes who lived in Oxford in about 1240.

This will give me a constant source of blogging material. Now if I can only find the time…

Oh and the book is:

Claire Donovan. 1991. The de Brailes Hours: Shaping the Book of Hours in Thirteenth-Century Oxford. Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press.

Reconstructing Medieval Liturgy

The history department of the University of Exeter is coordinating an interesting new project in medieval liturgy. It made the news this week with a look at the medieval liturgy for Maundy Thursday.  If you follow the link at the end of the article to the university site you find the organizational pages for the project: Interpreting Medieval Liturgy c. 500 – 1500 AD: Text and Performance. It looks like they are hosting some interesting workshops and we can only hope that some of this material will appear online at some point. There is a registration site for scholars working in this area if you would like to contact some of them or have yourself listed.

Nominations for Bishop of Springfield

The nominating period for the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield (Illinois) is now open. The nominating period is short. Nominations must be in the office of the diocese by April 12. All of the nomination forms and other documents can be found on the diocese’s website (here). We need a good slate of nominees so please spread the news.