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‘How “spikey” are YOU?’ is a short quiz that tests one’s affinity with ritual and ceremony in church.

It will no doubt baffle anyone who is not Anglican, Episcopalian or Catholic.

‘Spikey’ refers to the tall altar candles used in traditionalist churches. The higher one is on the candle in terms of results, the spikier — more high church — one is.

Thanks to my all-too-brief but nonetheless impressive pre-Vatican II upbringing, my result is:

Top of the flame

Congratulations!! After passing this rigorous test you are indeed ‘Top of the flame’ .. .a true all singing, all dancing ‘bells and smells’ Anglo-Catholic! Our videos of Solemn High Mass will have you romping in the Elysian Fields and should you be passing our door.. call in and be assured of a warm welcome! And remember our maxim ‘the only thing that hinders too much ceremonial is the lack of equipment!’

How true!

The quiz asks that you enter a name. I merely typed in a random jumble of letters, which was accepted.

You can even save your results to share with others. Therefore, I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below!

The quiz comes from the altar servers at Beauchamp (pron. ‘Beecham’) Chapel at the Anglican Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick.

The church’s Norman foundations date back to 1123 and were commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Warwick, Roger de Beaumont.

In the 14th century, a subsequent Earl of Warwick, Thomas de Beauchamp, had the chancel vestries and chapter house extensively rebuilt. His descendants built the Chapel of Our Lady, also known as the Beauchamp Chapel.

If you are in or near Warwick, it would no doubt be worthwhile attending one of the Sunday services. Otherwise, you can tour the church and go up into the Tower. It looks beautiful.

Also highly recommended is Warwick Castle, erstwhile home of the Earls of Warwick. It’s a beautiful place and will take the better part of a day to visit.

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