In the Fourth Nocturn

Blog birthday

A year ago I launched this blog with an article about what churches should be doing about the decline of Christianity in England. It’s among the better articles I’ve written in the last year: I got a very positive response at the time and, in large part, that’s what sustained me to keep going through the year.

At the start of the year I managed a pretty solid schedule of two posts a month. Many of the articles this year I’m still rather pleased with; others I think didn’t quite turn out as well as I hoped. Along with the very first article, I think my favourites of the year are ‘The Reformation utopian vision of frequent communion’ and ‘Celebrating St Mary Magdalene’.

Since then, alas, things have slowed. I’ve been busy with other things: I compiled a complete liturgical book for my daily office group. To fund the printing, I sold just over half the copies to friends around the world, who have received it warmly. I’m currently considering and investigating the possibility of a larger print run to make it more widely available, but for the moment this seems moderately unlikely.

I’ve also written an article for an upcoming new Anglo-Catholic publication which will come out at Christmas. I think that came out very well, too — I hope I can develop some of its themes further on this blog in the new year. On a personal front, however, things unfortunately aren’t going so well for me at the moment, so it may be a while before I manage to get back in a regular writing schedule.

At least I don’t have a shortage of ideas. In the coming year I hope to write get to at least a few of these:

  • Cum nota, a series of articles on ecclesiastical music focussing on plainchant revival for congregations and clerics;
  • two Responsorium articles responding to (and largely agreeing with) H. M. Lee’s assessment of my article on use of the missal in Anglican parishes;
  • at least one article about the experience of being queer in the Church;
  • a political theology article on reclaiming the imagery and cultural relevance of Christianity from its abuse by the far right;
  • ‘What’s in a rubric?’ articles on the Venite and psalms at the daily office, and on the Church of England’s current rubrical mess concerning services of the daily office;
  • and an article examining the doctrinal purpose and content of Anglican liturgy.

Onwards and forwards! I wish all readers a blessed Advent, a merry Christmas, and a happy new year.