While posting on this blog has been slow, the Modern Medievalist has been hard at work. Today, the Modern Medievalism Facebook page exceeded 4,000 "likes". This has been partly due to new exposure over what many of you already know about: the Sarum Vespers which was celebrated last weekend at St Patrick's Church in Philadelphia. This historic occasion was attended by over 700 people, making it almost certainly the largest Sarum Use liturgy ever offered since the reign of Queen Mary I of England. Yours truly was the principal organizer of the event. I'm happy to say that its success has introduced me to deeper obligations: namely, the foundation of a new liturgical institute devoted to all forms of Catholic liturgy, but with special focus on the medieval uses, and those of the religious orders. The Durandus Institute for Sacred Liturgy & Music will likely demand more and more of my time; yet I hope to maintain this blog for more casual observations here and there.
A more detailed write-up of the Sarum Vespers will be posted on the New Liturgical Movement blog soon. In the meantime, I encourage you to watch the video of the Sarum Vespers below. If you open the link to YouTube, you'll find a detailed description with convenient timestamps for finding various sections of interest.
You are encouraged to follow the video with the congregational service booklet, which I designed and posted here.
Additionally, an official photo album may be found at this link.