Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Very Full and Exciting Week!

It seems like it has been forever since I have written on this blog or read many others. This past week has been busy and I have been running up and down England. On Monday, my discipleship group and myself loaded up in our van and headed north to Alnmouth Friary and spent the day together by eating at a local cafe, walking on the beach and visiting the monks. It was a very nice day together.

On Monday night, I picked up Dr. Marianne Dorman from the train station here in Durham and we have had a very nice week together. On Tuesday we hung around in Durham and talked a bit of my work on Andrewes. On Wednesday, we got up early in the morning and headed to Lindisfarne Holy Island. On our way off the island (we had to be off by two due to the tides that come and completely cover the causeway) we stopped on the side to watch the tide come in, which was to be high by 4:18 pm. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen! The water comes in very fast and by 3:15, the road was under water by at least 5-8 feet. There was still an hour to go before full high tide but there was no more road for us to be on. I have been to Holy Island a number of times but I had not ever watched the tide come in like that. Nature is a very powerful and scary thing!

We then began our trip back home and again stopped at Alnmouth Friary (see pics here) so that I could show Marianne their beautiful home. They had just finished with Benediction and the Exposition of the Holy Sacrament and we were able to go into the chapel and pray which was still filled with lingering incense. It was their silent day and it was very peaceful. After a short time there, we headed back to Durham to sample our purchases of single malt from Holy Island. Marianne also bought me my ordination gift which was a beautiful paten and chalice from Lindisfarne with Cuthbert's Cross on both paten and chalice. It has been put away until this next June.

On Thursday we hung around Durham since I had to give a seminar for the Christology class which was on the Feeding of the 5,000 and the Transfiguration. On Thursday afternoon, we went to pay a visit to my spiritual director, Canon Arthur Middleton and had a wonderful time talking about the Church and the future she faces and the prayers needed on her behalf.

On Friday, I got up early and boarded a train to Cambridge. I had an interview at 2:00 pm with the former Dean of Pembroke College (Andrewes served as a Master of the College after Cartwright) who was questioning me about a chapter of my dissertation since I had been selected at the National Panel for ordination as a 'Potential Theological Educator.' The interview went well and I pray that the Church will be able to find some funds to help me in my final year of supervision. BUT the great thing is what I was able to experience afterwards. The dean told me when I entered his office that they had a display all week in the library on some archive materials from Andrewes' own library and he said that he asked the librarian to keep it out so that after my interview I could go and see it. Well, we did and it was great to look at some of his original materials. Then, the librarian came over with a key to open the display case so that I could open and look through one of Andrewes' bibles that he used!!! It was really a moving thing for me having poured through his works over the past two years. I was also able to handle a couple of his initial publication of sermons as well as Wren's list of books from Andrewes' library that he gave to Pembroke after he died. The librarian also gave me a copy of the list of Andrewes' library at Cambridge so that I could have a copy for myself. Undoubtedly, this was a great way to end my week.

This morning Marianne and I attended Mass together at the parish church where I will be serving beginning this next summer. I then took her to the train station and she departed for Oxford. It has been a great week and now I must get back to my work.


Anonymous William Tighe said...

Pembroke College also has what it describes as "Bishop Wrenn's mitre." Whhen I was in Cambridge I made great efforts to succeed it, as I had understood that the first Anglican bishop anywhere to wear a mitre after 1559 had been Samuel Seabury of Connecticut (who had a beaver hat made into one) in the 1780s, and the the forst English bishop to do so had been Edward King of Lincoln in the 1880s. When I finally got to see it, it proved to be a massy metal mitre that no human being could have worn for more than a few monents, if at all, so I conjectured it to have been made for Wrenn's funeral and to have been carried in the procession for it.

5:04 pm  
Anonymous Rodrigo Morales said...

Hearing about all that travel throughout England makes me jealous - I really miss being over there. I'm glad things are going well, though.

3:22 pm  
Anonymous john scholasticus said...

Well, you might have crossed to the other platform to say 'hi!' to Ruth, Thomas and me, but I can understand that public association with known heretics (be advised by William Tighe) might have dashed your career prospects ...

8:30 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...


i thought you all were leaving right away on a train and i was sending off my godmother and needed to be home with caleb who was sick. it was good to see you. i got some new scotch from lindisfarne but you better hurry and come over before it is gone!

10:47 pm  

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