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Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe explores some Handel   Back from the Handel Festival in Göttingen, where my son Walter directed the opera this year - Rodrigo, written when Handel was 22 and replete with marvellous music of which quite a bit he [...]

2019-07-16T15:22:21+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

A Courtyard in Jerusalem

Ann George encounters an uplifting celebration    When I left the courtyard that Sunday morning at about 7:30 the sky was a clear pale blue and the air was quite still although fresh on my face. It took me 20 [...]

2019-07-16T15:21:52+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

Faith of our Fathers

Arthur Middleton considers manuals of devotion   Compiling one’s own book of devotion for private use has long been a practice in Anglican devotion and there are a number of classical examples of such purely devotional manuals which reflect not [...]

2019-07-16T15:21:15+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

June Diary

Thurifer gets musical   To say that John Bridcut makes documentaries fails to scratch the surface of his achievements. He specializes in musicians: studies of Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Edward Elgar, Parry (with Prince Charles) with occasional excursions elsewhere, notably a film [...]

2019-07-16T15:20:44+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

Views, Reviews and Previews

Art   EDvard Munch:  Love and Angst Rembrandt:  Thinking on Paper British Museum Munch until 21 July 2019 Rembrandt until 4 August 2019   Edvard Munch was born into a prosperous family in Christiana, or Oslo as it became in [...]

2019-07-16T15:20:03+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith raises a glass on Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday   I was a bit surprised at how little was made of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday at the end of last month. I realize that it’s easier to celebrate a [...]

2019-07-16T15:19:14+00:00 June 2019 Articles|


2019 continues to be a year in which it is dangerous to be a Christian. Not, perhaps for us here in the United Kingdom but around the world each day our brothers and sisters in Christ face horrific persecution. In [...]

2019-07-16T15:18:36+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

Method in their Madness

Alan Smith considers the state of the party system   The first-past-the-post system used for elections to the House of Commons and to most of our councils no doubt originated in a very simple approach: here is a list of [...]

2019-07-16T15:18:01+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

‘Laud, O Sion…’

Michael Fisher offers reflections for Corpus Christi   Bryn Seion chapel stands at the lower end of the main street in Pencoed, the town in south Wales close to where my daughter and her family live. Bryn Seion—the hill of [...]

2019-07-16T15:17:36+00:00 June 2019 Articles|

Letter to the Editor

It seems that the inter-generational cultural war over what constitutes Tradition has reached the pages of New Directions. Fr Alan Cooke raises some interesting points in his letter in the May issue, responding to the feature on ‘The Young Tractarians’ [...]

2019-07-16T15:17:04+00:00 June 2019 Articles|