SOME of us who watched the
television broadcast of the Consecration at Liverpool may have been struck by the dignity of the many surpliced clergy and lay clerks. Has not the time come to get rid of the ugly and ridiculous cottas and other Continental claptrap which clutters up our cere monial and revert. as many of our clergy have already done for some considerable time, to the traditional dress of our Catholic forebears.
It seems a trifle ironic that when an Anglican bishop is invited to be present at a Catholic service he alone wears the choir dress of St. John Fisher! This is not a mere matter of aesthetics or ecclesiology. It is surely of ecumenical importance that we should he seen to be carrying on the traditions of Catholic England as they have evolved through the centuries.
It would. I suppose. be outrageous to suggest that we return to the ancient custom of counting the Sundays after Trinity as did the Church in England from the time of St. Thomas onward, and as the Church of England still does today. It would admittedly make some difficulties in our relations with the Church in other countries. But would this be so very significant since in our acceptance of the vernacular we seem to favour Babel rather than Pentecost?
(Major) Leiston. Suffolk. C. K. Wenham Strugnell