Friday, August 31, 2007

Frederica Talks (Positively) About the Western Rite

Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green is hardly a stranger to those interested in the Western Rite. In the past, she has had some not-so-supportive comments on the topic, notably in one of her books. That's why I was so pleased to hear the August 16 podcast of her program "Frederica Here and Now" on Ancient Faith Radio. In the podcast, she interviewed Kh. Helen (Nancy) Waggener of Holy Trinity AWRV and Kh. Rebecca (Becky) Alford of St. Gregory the Great AWRV at the Parish Life Conference. Incidentally, the chanting in the background is Fr. John W. Fenton (and, I believe, two of his daughters), and - without the least offense to anyone else in the recording - absolutely steals the show with its simplistic beauty.

What a well-produced and inspiring broadcast, not least because it shows how those who were once averse to the Western Rite change their minds the more they observe the AWRV's praxis and the way her faithful work out their salvation in Christ.

Listen to the audio here.

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Blogger James the Thickheaded said...

Would love to hear more of the music. Fact is... unless you know otherwise... Western Rite music is sadly under-represented in terms of available recordings. "Gregorian Chant" in English by others (Anglicans, Roman Catholics, etc.) is equally scarce.

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