Merrily On High Paperback

An Anglo-Catholic Memoir

by Colin Stephenson;

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Merrily On High

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Widely regarded as one of the most amusing ecclesiastical memoirs of the 20th century, Colin Stephenson’s autobiography is an Anglo-Catholic classic, embodying a great love for people and a relish for their eccentricities and foibles. The cover design of this book is the same as the first edition from 1972 - itself a classic example of High Anglican baroque style.

The heady peaks of Tractarian glories between the wars decidedly shaped Colin Stephenson’s preferences. Young and impressionable, he revelled in the rich ceremonial of continental Catholicism in all its triumphal self-assurance. As an inexperienced naval chaplain in the Second World War, he set about installing baroque altars on warships, despite the ‘violent firmness’ with which certain admirals and captains reacted. Such encounters delighted him and many episodes are stories told against himself.

After the war, and despite serious injury, he returned to Oxford and created the ‘highest church in the city’, before succeeding Alfred Hope Patten as Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, where he found plenty to satisfy his appetite for the oddities of high Anglicanism.

‘It may be a trivial record,' he writes, 'but I hope it is illuminated by love and I think I have made myself as ridiculous as anyone.’

Merrily On High by Colin Stephenson was published by Canterbury Press in October 2008 and is our 56492nd best seller. The ISBN for Merrily On High is 9781853119125.

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Details for Merrily On High

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherCanterbury Press (October 2008)
Number of Pages192
Thickness18 mm
Height216 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code1229921
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