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Authors Eric Parker Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

Edmund Calamy: Meditate on the Sacramental Elements and Actions

In his The Art of Divine Meditation (1634), a treatise with the same name as a more popular work by Bishop Joseph Hall, Edmund Calamy the elder advises his reader to take up the practice of meditating during the sacrament of holy communion. Here I’ve listed Calamy’s 8th-10th meditations. 8. I would have you meditate of […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Intende, qui regis Israel: A Hymn of Ambrose (3)

On to the next verse of the Advent/Christmas hymn Intende, qui regis Israel. Text and Translation Veni, redemptor gentium, ostende partum virginis, miretur omne saeculum, talis decet partus Deo. Come, redeemer of the nations, show forth the virgin’s parturition; let all the world stand in awe: such a birth is fit for God. Remarks Walpole notes that the […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Collect and Catechism (4)

Here is the Collect for the fourth Sunday in Advent: O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Intende, qui regis Israel: A Hymn of Ambrose (2)

Two days ago, I made some introductory remarks about the famous hymn of Ambrose known to many speakers of English as “Savior of the Nations, Come,” and focused specifically on its authenticity and ancient witness. Today we will look at the first stanza of the hymn, which is omitted from our modern version. This, then, […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Intende, qui regis Israel: A Hymn of Ambrose (1)

Over the past few years I’ve posted Latin Advent and Christmas hymns with English translation and some comments. This year we’re going to look at Ambrose’s hymn Intende, qui regis Israel. Parts of this hymn are familiar in English as “Savior of the Nations, Come,” which my family has recently been learning along with some (other) […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Responsa

Collect and Catechism (3)

The Collect for the third Sunday in Advent (1 is here and 2 here): O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee; Grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of […]

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Andrew Fulford Archive Authors Civic Polity Philosophy

Do Humans Have Dignity?

I recently wrote about Steven D. Smith’s arguments in The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse, and more specifically, about how he demonstrates the vacuity of many of the Western world’s central political buzzwords, such as equality and freedom. In the course of his critique of Martha Nussbaum, he mentions another one that I thought deserved its own […]

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Andrew Fulford Archive Authors Civic Polity Philosophy

The Failure of the Harm Principle

Steven D. Smith’s The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse is one of the most piercing works in political philosophy I’ve read in a long while. Though it’s brief, by the end of it Smith has turned inside out some of the modern Western world’s most repeated fundamental values, and shown that appeals to them are actually […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Collect and Catechism (2)

Last week we looked at Samuel Best’s catechism on the Collect for the first Sunday in Advent from the Book of Common Prayer. In this post, we turn to the second. First, the prayer: “Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise […]

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The Collect for Advent 1 (Once More)

Once more, a few comments on the Collect for the First Sunday in Advent, which, again, reads: Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which Thy Son Jesus Christ came to […]