Mapping Naughty Ritualists

Lighted candles, ringing bells, wearing coloured robes… and more have been subjects of great controversy in the Church of England. Just over a hundred years ago some campaigning Protestant bodies sent out spies to see what Anglo Catholic churches were getting up to. They even discovered some bishops were beginning to wear mitres!

One of the extraordinary things is the sheer time and energy that went into this enterprise. Nowadays there are very few people who would be bothered about a candle being lit on a church altar or whether vestments were used. Not so the late Victoria Protestant objectors! They gathered the information, collated it and published it – and even mapped it.

Fr Ian has a particular interest in Church history and during some recent research obtained a copy of a map published by the objectors. He posted the image on a Facebook group which he administers Miscellanea Historica Anglicana, and the map significant  interest.

Several people asked if it was possible to obtain a copy. After checking copyright etc we have prepared our own (copyrighted) copy of the map – in a larger version than the original and edited to make it a little more clear. This has taken a little time, as the original was not in the best condition. We are now able to offer people a copy of a printed version approximately A3 size on a good quality card, laminated and rolled to be posted. The posters will be printed ‘on demand’ and so cost has to be a little higher than a mass produced item.

If you would like a copy or copies click the following link for details:

Map of Ritualism order uu (opens a pdf information sheet).

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