Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Boniface and Trinity Sunday
I let yesterday go by without commenting on St. Boniface, whose feast it was. So I thought I'd share one little tidbit about him, something which is not usually found in summaries of his life. I have been studying the history of the feast of the holy Trinity, and just today I came across an interesting connection between Boniface and the subject of my study. The development of a special liturgy in praise of the Holy Trinity is quite involved, and a coherent summary of it will have to wait. One chapter, you might say, in that development, however, is that Alcuin, the great liturgical scholar of the Carolingian era, composed a Mass in honor of the Blessed Trinity. And it was likely St. Boniface himself who asked him to do so. That is the opinion of at least one writer I have consulted so far. Out of deep concern for the present age, and well as love of Christ's Church, which is timeless, my pilgrimage into the past continues.