Catholic Apostolic Church: Related papers

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      GB 12 MS.Add.7893
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century-early 20th century
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      1 box

Scope and Content

A miscellaneous collection of correspondence, sermons and other papers relating predominantly to the Catholic Apostolic Church.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Catholic Apostolic Church emerged during the early nineteenth century among Western Christians believing in the imminence of the Second Coming of Christ. The group was influenced by the Revd Edward Irving, and its members were often referred to as Irvingites. The church appointed twelve 'apostles' who were to lead it until the Second Coming, and replaced the old forms of worship with more elaborate liturgical services that borrowed heavily from the Roman Catholic Church. The apostles were not replaced on their deaths, and the failure to appoint successors led to a schism and the formation of the New Apostolic Church in 1863. As they reserved the right of ordination, the death of the last of the apostles in 1901 meant that ordinations ended. However, the church continued to attract members, and is still in existence today.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Col. H.S.P. Hopkinson, 1970.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.