Freedom of Form 2: Early Church

Pope Gregory I sent Augustine of Canterbury to England as a missionary about A.D. 596 with this advice: “It seems to me that you should carefully select for the English Church, which is still new to the faith and developing as a distinct community, whatever can best please Almighty God, whether you discover it in the Roman Church, or among the Gauls or anywhere else. . . . From each individual church, therefore, choose whatever is holy, whatever is awe-inspiring, whatever is right; then arrange what you have collected as if in a little bouquet according to the English disposition and thus establish them as custom.”

—James F. White, A Brief History of Christian Worship, 44

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