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Maiden, Mother and Queen
Mary in the Anglican Tradition
by Roger Greenacre (Ed. Colin Podmore)
Publisher:Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published:25 January 2013
This is an absolutely beautiful consideration of the Anglo-Catholic veneration of Mary found within quarters of the Church of England. This book also serves in some way as a fitting memorial and remembrance of a well respected proponent of Anglican Marian devotion, Roger Greenacre.
However for me the collection of homilies to be found in section two of the book were a highlight and joy to read, with real depth of feeling and insight to them, and a strangely British refined passion running as an undercurrent to them. The love, attraction and desire to share the reverence that Roger Greenacre so obviously had for the Blessed Virgin Mary cannot be overlooked in the short homilies collected here.
The third section which incorporates an historical investigation and understanding into Marian devotion and suppression within the Anglican Communion is also very well done and surprisingly easy to read. This is due in part to the use of short sections which means there is not much heavy labouring to be done in reading the book. This really is a wonderful book for anyone within the Anglo-Catholic tradition looking to further their devotional practice and understanding of the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or indeed for anyone in the Anglican church who wants to gain an understanding of the part Mary can and does play within the Church and its faith framework.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (23/03/13)