An Anglican community
I think it ought to be pointed out that "Alcuin" has made a slight slip in his review of The Coming of the Lord. "C.S.M.V." stands for "Colnmunitv of St. Mary the Virgin"-not "Congregation of St. Mary the Virgin," and the religious of this community are sisters: therefore, of course, "her," not "his," is the correct pronoun, They arc, in fact, the well-known and justly esteem e d Wantage Sisters, founded in that Berkshire town in 1848. It is of interest to recall that the first Superior of this community received the gift of Faith, and, with the support of Cardinal Manning, founded the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, whose mother-house is at Bocking, Braintree, Essex. She was the Mother Abbess Elizabeth Lockhart. -DONALD E. HALLIDAY, Old Manor House, Ferry Hinksey, near Oxford.
Image of the Sacred Heart
The Holy Office, in reply to a query on August 26, 1891, declared that an image of the Heart of Our Lord presented without the rest of his body (as in the badge of the Sacred Heart) is permissible for private devotion, but is not to be exposed on an altar for public veneration. A reply of S.R.C., of April 5, 1879 (D. 3492) regarding images of the hearts of Our Lord and Our Lady, declared, "Such emblems are permissible for private devotion, but must not be affixed to an altar."(REV.) J. R. O'CONNELL, Catholic Church, Builth Wells.
English Saints for English towns
Special devotion to the "patron" saints and martyrs of each town might well include the sale of pamphlet literature about them (how rarely are the relevant C.T.S. pamphlets displayed in church!) and the erection of statues or paintings. An unusual example in this respect has been set us by the Anglican Church of St. Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, where a very beautiful painting was erected in 1944 to commemorate the 400th centenary of the martyrdom of Blessed John Larke. Rector there from 1504 to 1542. The descriptive tablet reads, "In honorem B. Johannis Larke. Rectoris hujus ecclesiac 1504-1542, qui pro fide Christi Tyburni morte occubuit Nonis Mart, 1544. O.P.N. [Ora pro nobisl" (Miss) KATHARINE M. LONGLEY. 63 Gayfere Road, Stoneleigh, Ewell, Surrey,
1 was particularly interested in the picture and article on "Dode's" Church. I lived in the vicinity and Mass was, in fact, celebrated there by Rev. R. Andrews on Christmas Day, 1945, and on two subsequent occasions, with a few local Catholics in attendance. It may interest readers to know that a stone bench built all round against the wall within the church is an example of the expression, "the weakest to the wall."(Mits.) MARY LOWE, 142 Stockwell Park Road, S.W.9.
David F. Blackburn is absolutely correct-only some of us do understand Latin. However, it might be as well if he were to search his conscience and discover whether his desire for the retention of Latin in the Liturgy has a reasonable basis or is merely due to a form of intellectual snobbishness and selfishness which takes no account of the millions who do not understand Latin. -GRAHAM YOUNG, 79 Belgrave Road, London, S.W.1.