This got me thinking about a sermon of St. Augustine (+430) delivered in the cathedral of Carthage on 23 January 404. Aurelius had invited Augustine to come to Carthage, probably to set an example of preaching against the heretical and schismatic Donatists.
In the sermon in question, a newly discovered sermon listed as Dolbeau 2 or 359B in some lists, Augustine describes a real commotion in church that happened the day before, when he simply left the pulpit as the congregation became rowdy. On this day, however, he uses the events of the day before to speak about obedience.
There isn’t a strict parallel of the situation Augustine describes in the sermon and what goes on in some renegade groups today, but you will find the hooks quickly and see that they are appropriate.
And so I return to my Patristic roots today and I give my own poor observations along the way.
We have to hear the great Fathers from time to time. Their work is still actual, in the sense of being timely.
Herein you will hear some recreations of ancient Roman music by Synaulia as well as a slice of Sweetest of Sweets by the wonderful Herbert Howells and the beginning of Bernard Stevens "Agnus Dei" from the Mass for Double Choir.