Season 2, Episode 3

Welcome back to the Young Tractarians! In this third episode of the second season of the show, for Scripture we discuss the Gospel for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; for Reason we talk about the problems of Diocesan finance in the face of the “Resource and Renewal” framework; and for Tradition we continue with our treatment of the Cardinal Virtues, and talk about the virtue of justice.

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  • The Catena Aurea for St Luke ch. 16
  • The propers for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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UPDATE 22:14 17 August 2019: Thank you to Revd Siôn Rhys Evans for sending us the copy of the “2017 Endowment and Glebe Assets by Diocese and Assets per Capita” table which Fr Kormos referred during the Reason segment. It turns out he was off – the difference isn’t 60-fold but 142-fold between the first and last entries on the list. (!)

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Season 2, Episode 2

Welcome back to Season 2 of the Young Tractarians! In this second episode for Scripture we discuss the Gospel for the 8th Sunday after Trinity in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as we listen to Jesus’ warning against false prophets in Matthew 7; for Reason we discuss the revelations of IICSA and what the handling of the sexual abuse crisis says of the current culture of the Church of England; and for Tradition we talk about the virtue of Prudence, especially in the light of the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas.

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Season 2, Episode 1

We are back! Once again, in this new, second season of the Young Tractarians we discuss Scripture, Reason, and Tradition. Show notes commencing:

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Episode 10

In the final episode of the first season of the Young Tractarians we discuss the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday in Lent; we talk about Ringgate and the problem of Liturgical Authoritarianism; and finally we immerse ourselves in the joys of Laetare Sunday! Thank you for sticking with us during Season 1, and please stick around for Season 2! We will be back, and we will be better than ever!

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Instead of an Episode

Good news everyone, Fr Kormos is going on holiday, and Andrew is tending to domestic issues, as the arrival of their first born is imminent!

We will give you a break from us for a little while (hopefully less than a Johannine “little while”), and we will be back with Episode 10 before you know it!

Meanwhile, you can catch up with all the previous episodes on SoundCloud or iTunes or any other place where you would listen to us!

Episode 9

We are back once again (this time, just the two of us as usual) to debate Scripture, Reason and Tradition. At the beginning of Lent, we discuss the Lord’s temptation and victory over the devil in the wilderness in St Matthew Ch. 4; then we indulge ourselves in two of our favourite hobby horse topics: for Reason, we discuss the importance of the traditional 1-year Lectionary and why, we humbly posit, it is superior to the 3-year ones of the 20th century; and for Tradition, we talk about the hierarchy of Bishops, Priests, Deacons (and Subdeacons, and Acolytes, &c) in the Mass – and the problems of the modern practice of concelebration.

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Ash Wednesday Special 2019

As we are entering this season of penitence and self-denial, and as we seek the closeness of the Lord, we are bringing you a short meditation from the Rt Revd Robert Ladds, based on John Henry Newman’s meditations on the Blessed Virgin Mary. We wish you a blessed Ash Wednesday, and a joyful Lent.

Ash Wednesday 2019 

Meditations

Faith is given by God; received by us as His Gift.

Lent is granted as a time for seeking to grow in the Christian and Catholic Faith.

Conversion in the Faith is at the heart of the Christian experience.  The New Testament describes and provides for this experience and S Paul the Apostle was to experience a dramatic conversion experience.  But his testimony for Faith shows that he considered conversion a continuing and continuous process.  He knows that he was once converted, that he is being converted and at some future time, will be converted and his Faith fulfilled. This understanding informs S Paul’s theology of Conversion and Grace.

S Augustine tells us that he considered his conversion began when he was reading S Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Romans 13:4): put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the desires of the flesh”.  The beginning of a conversion over time, as Augustine frankly and compelling related in his Confessions.

S Thomas Aquinas contrasts S Paul Damascus Road experience as a sudden reception of God’s Grace with that of a gradual reception of that Grace over time.

S John Henry Newman, among his Theological Theme, gives us The Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Pattern in Receiving and Studying the Faith.

And I give you Newman’s writing as a Meditation I believe most suitable for today, Ash Wednesday, as we enter into Lent. The three sections might be used, each at Lauds, the Mid-Day Office and at Vespers:

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in Her heart (Luke 2:19)

First Meditation

Little is told us in Scripture concerning the Blessed Virgin, but there is one grace of which the Evangelists make her the pattern … of Faith. Zacharias questioned the Angle’s message, but “Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” . Accordingly Elizabeth, speaking with an apparent allusion to the contrast thus exhibited between her own highly-favoured husband, righteous Zacharias, and the still more highly-favoured Mary, said, on receiving her salutation “Blessed art though among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb; Blessed is she that believed for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord”.

Second Meditation

But Mary’s faith did not end in a mere acquiescence in Divine providences and revelations: as the text informs us, she “pondered” them.  When the shepherds came, and told of the vision of Angles which they had seen at the time of the Nativity, and how one of them announced that the Infant in her arms was “the Saviour which is Christ the Lord”, while others did but wonder, “Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart”.  Again, when her Son and Saviour had come to the age of 12 years, and left her for a while for His Father’s Service, and had been found, to her surprise, in the Temple, amid the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions, and had, on her addressing Him, vouchsafed to justify His conduct, we are told, “His mother kept all these saying in her heart”.  And accordingly, at the marriage feast in Cana, her faith anticipated His first miracle, and she said to the servants, “Whatsoever He says unto you, do it”.

Third Meditation

Thus, Saint Mary is our pattern of Faith, both in the reception and in the study of Divine Truth.  She does not think it enough to accept, she dwells upon it; not enough to possess, she uses it; not enough to ascent, she develops it; not enough to submit the Reason, she reasons upon it; not indeed reasoning first, and believing afterwards, with Zacharias, yet first believing without reasoning, next from love and reverence, reasoning after believing.  And this she symbolizes to us, not only the Faith of the unlearned, but of the doctors of the Church also, who have to investigate, and weigh, and define, as well as to profess the Gospel; to draw the line between truth and heresy; to anticipate or remedy the various aberrations of wrong reason; to combat pride and recklessness with their own arms; and thus to triumph over the sophist and the innovator.   

The Virgin Mary in the Life and Writings of John Henry Newman. Ed. Philip Boyce. Gracewing. ISBN 0 85244 529 6

+Robert Ladds
February 2019

Episode 8

We return on this Quinquagesima Sunday, the final Sunday before Lent, to discuss Scripture, Reason, and Tradition – with Fr George Westhaver, the principal of Pusey House! For Scripture we talk about St Luke 18:31.ff, the Gospel for Quinqagesima in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; for Reason, we talk about The Bishop of Burnley’s rebellion against parochial fees at General Synod; and for Tradition we talk about the good old Anglican tradition of confession, and shriving!

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Episode 7

We have a guest! We are delighted to be joined by Fr Samuel McNally-Cross, the Vicar of Kensal Town as we discuss Scripture, Reason, and Tradition. We continue to examine the pre-Lenten season, so we talk about the Gospel for Sexagesima in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; for Reason we talk about the great evil of Relativism; and for Tradition, we talk about the spiritual discipline of fasting.

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Episode 6

This week on the Young Tractarians: for Scripture we discuss the Gospel for Septuagesima in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; for Reason we talk about the upcoming canonization of John Henry Newman and the heroic virtues acknowledged for József Mindszenty, and potential pitfalls around canonization; and finally for Tradition we give an introduction to the Gesima Sundays (Septuagesima, Sexagesima, Quinquagesima), and the Pre-Lenten period in East and West.

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