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Monday, 1 March 2010

Newman Stations CD

The Meditations and Devotions of John Henry Cardinal Newman were collected and edited by Fr William Neville in 1893, just three years after the Cardinal's death. They include two sets of meditations for the Stations of the Cross. The longer set, which follows similar themes to those of St Alphonsus,  with further reflections of Newman's own, has been recorded by Fr Guy Nicholls of the Birmingham Oratory together with his own arrangement for fourteen chorales by Bach to match the Stations, sung by the Oratory choir.

Newman's stations are quite hard-hitting, with a traditional focus on the way in which our sins are responsible for the wounds of Christ. Most edifying for the drive round to Wonersh last night - and the choir is superb. If you are in Birmingham on Good Friday, you can hear the chorales at the Stations of the Cross after the "Seven Last Words" devotion at the Birmingham Oratory.

The CD is available from the Oratory, 141 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 8UE at a cost of £11.50 plus £2.50 postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "The Oratory Church Stall".

From the same address, there is also a 3 CD box set "The Kindly Light" which is a life of Newman made on location at Birmingham, Oxford, Rednal, and Littlemore by a cast of oratorians, newman scholars, the librarian of Trinity College Oxford, and the Sisters of the Work at Littlemore. Newman's words are read by Fr Nicholls and the narrator is the broadcaster Richard Gill. The set is available for £19.95 plus £2.50 postage and packing.
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