Item description for In This Sign Conquer: A History of the Society of the Holy Cross (Societas Sanctae Crucis) 1855-2005 by Owen Higgs, Anthony Howe & David Houlding...
This is a chronicle of a society of Anglican priests (The Society of the Holy Cross), which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. For all those who delight in the eccentricities of Anglo-Catholicism, this will be required reading.
In the introduction the editor states 'inevitably this is not the whole truth'. This is regrettable but what is in this book is remarkable enough. Lost now in the battle against Women Bishops it is often forgotten that the Anglo Catholic movement in the Church of England was essentially a call to holiness. The founder of the Society Father Charles Lowder dedicated his life to working for the poorest of the poor. His new society was designed to give encouragement to priests working in these slum parishes to enable them to fulfil their mission. He recognised then as we do now that it all begins with holiness of life.
This account is packed with incident. Even today, the description of a group of priests gathering the Haven Holiday Camp Caistor on Sea, planning a new dawn for 'Our Catholic Movement' will amaze and delight the reader.
The Shrine at Walsingham has become for many the focal point of renewal and rediscovery of Catholic confidence in The Church of England. Our Lady of Walsingham features prominently in this book.
All those who think the Catholic movement in The Church of England is on its last leg should read this book. They will be rudely contradicted.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 7.16" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Sep 10, 2006
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN 0826491863 ISBN13 9780826491862
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More About Owen Higgs, Anthony Howe & David Houlding
David Houlding SSC is Priest of All Hallows, Hampstead
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A Telling Account of a Tragically Naive and Foredoomed Movement Dec 17, 2007
`In. this sign conquer' describes the history of the Anglo-Catholic organisation `The Society of the Holy Cross' (Latin: Societas Sanctae Crucis), tracing it from its troubled origin by 8 Anglican 'priests' in 1855 to its present day problems in a church that still does not appreciates it. The book is divided into nine different essays, each written by a different SSC 'priest', and progresses through the movement's timeline. Primarily, much emphasis is put on explaining the SSC was originally founded as a `call for holiness' amongst Anglican 'priests', and a greater yearning for the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. However, while it is a mistake to believe that the SSC merely represented Catholicism within the Anglican communion, it demands sympathy when we see the persecution and exile of its religious members into the slums (thereby becoming an active player in British socialism) for the crimes of `Papistry' and `superstition'. However, the most thought-provoking and relatable section of the book is the depiction of the society from 1992 onwards. Written by the current Master of the Society, he details its idealistic collapse with the decision by the Church of England Synod to ordain women to the `priesthood'. While he attempts to paint a positive picture for the future of Anglo-Catholicism, it is clear for all that he is stubbornly defending an institution which has never been nor ever will be Catholic, and which never has nor ever will understand The Society of the Holy Cross. Overall, a very interesting read and one which should unintentionally warn us about proscribing Catholicity to undeserving establishments.