Author's posts

Solemnity of St. Olaf – 29th of July

The Solemnity of St. Olaf was celebrated as a major church feast in the Nordic countries until the Reformation. Then in the late 19th and the early 20th century a renewed interest in Olsok (“Olaf’s Vigil”) aroused, and on the 29th of July 1930 the feast was reintroduced in connection with the official celebration of …

Continue reading

Easter, Ascension and Pentecost

When St. Peter on Pentecost Day explains to the Jews that Christ is the Messiah, he sums up the salvific events by stating: “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the …

Continue reading

Christ is Risen!

The Psalmist in his prophecy about Easter Day (Ps 118:24) says: «This is the day the Lord has made.» Even if every day «is made to rejoice in» (Ps 90:14), the day of the resurrection is all the more so. It is the «Lord’s day», as St. John the Evangelist tells us, opening up a …

Continue reading

A Reflection for Candlemas

How romantic it all seems, as recorded in Luke’s Gospel. The baby Jesus brought by Mary and Joseph to the Temple for the final act marking his birth, according to the Law of Moses. On the eighth day came the circumcision, then thirty-three days later the presentation, or sometimes known as the purification, a ritual …

Continue reading

In the Fullness of Time

«In the fullness of time God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law» (Galatians 4:4). With this short but substantial phrase St. Paul sums up the mystery of the incarnation. Let us first notice the past tense. St. Paul sees the birth of Christ in the light God’s promise to …

Continue reading

New meditation on the UK website: “The Church is One and Holy”

This meditation reflecting upon the meaning of the Creed’s word of the Church as “one” and “holy” – the fourth in the series launched by Frs Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant – has just been published and is available on the NCC UK website here: The Church is One and Holy. An overview with links …

Continue reading

Bishop-Elect Jaroslaw Rafalko consecrated on September 14th at St. Stanislaus Cathedral

The consecration of Bishop Jaroslaw Rafalko, elected bishop of the Western Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church in October last year, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and finally set to September 14th, the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, at the St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Scranton. Consecrator was Prime Bishop …

Continue reading

Olavus – Rex et Martyr

As we are approaching the Solemnity of St. Olaf on the 29th of July, it must be said that the memory of the patron saint of Norway is still very much alive. Olaf Haraldson is the king to whom the spread of Christianity through Scandinavia is attributed, at least in most of the later written …

Continue reading

Meditations on the Images and Marks of the Church – Parts 1-5

Fathers Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant of the NCC UK Administration have launched a series of web meditations on the images and marks of the Church that have underpinned an orthodox vision, with the following main themes: The Church, the Creation and Gift of Christ The Church as Bride and Mother Church The Church Catholic …

Continue reading

The Spirit and the Church

It is not always so easy to come to terms with the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as Christians. Sometimes our understanding seems to be «lofty», to the point of being vague. In the following little meditation I will try to elucidate the role of the Spirit through three questions: Who is …

Continue reading

Bishop-Elect Ottar Mikael Myrseth installed as mitered archpriest

In October last year Fr. Ottar Mikael Myrseth was elected bishop of The Nordic Catholic Church to be consecrated bishop in Scranton this April. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the episcopal consecration has been postponed to September and may even be subject to further delays into next year. In order to keep the momentum …

Continue reading

Ascensiontide Reflections

On the outskirts of Bexhill in East Sussex, near a former parish of mine, stands a grand mansion, now divided into flats, but once the home of an Indian prince. The prince’s wife died and he erected a shrine to her memory in the grounds; it is so positioned that, at certain seasons, the moon …

Continue reading

Translate »