Never let it be said that this blog doesn't interact with its readers. Yesterday's blogpost Processions and Banners seemed to hit the right note with many of you, who must have forwarded the link on to friends, for which many thanks. That blogpost has raced up the popularity charts and is already the third most read blogpost on our blog. Given that some posts have been up for almost a month and this one has been up for 24 hours as of now, that is quite impressive.
Please continue in your sterling work of publicising the existence of this blog, and do remind your friends that they can be alerted to new blogposts through our Facebook group.
To expand on the point about Anglican Patrimony and banners, here is a photo taken at St Mary's Bourne Street just under a year ago, when the new Vicar was installed by the Bishop of London. You will see that the banner cupboard has been well and truly emptied, and all banners have been brought into use. Four are being carried in procession, two more are hung on pillars around the church.
Once Ordinariate groups have been shopping for banners, perhaps this will be one way in which we can contribute some Anglican Patrimony.
Another example of interaction with our readers is that the blogpost on the Universal Church, which mentioned St Francis of Assisi and referred to the newly built replica of the Porziuncola that has been built in San Francisco has inspired a friend of the Marylebone Ordinariate Group, currently visiting San Francisco on business, to make a visit to the National Shrine of St Francis. He has sent us this photo, and comments that the National Shrine is definitely worth a visit, and houses a relic of St Anthony of Padua as well as the marvellous Porziuncola.
Another feature of this blog that we understand appeals to our readers is that many posts are accompanied by a link to some carefully selected music. Today, when we commemorate St Bruno of Cologne, the founder of the Carthusian order, the music is Os Justi Meditabitur Sapientiam by Anton Bruckner. The text is taken from the introit set for Mass today.
St Bruno, pray for us.