August 26, 2012 Leave a comment
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August 2, 2012 20 Comments
Some recent events put my mind once again to the matter of the English Missal.
The English Missal, as many of you know, is essentially a hieratic English translation of the pre-conciliar Missale Romanum. It was a missal which had been used by various Anglican Catholics, or Anglo-Catholics, in the 20th century.
Fr. John Hunwicke, who himself described the English Missal as “the finest vernacular liturgical book ever produced,” summarizes its contents and its use accordingly:
For most of the 20th Century, Anglican Catholic worship meant a volume called “The English Missal”. It contained the whole Missale Romanum translated into English; into an English based on the style of Thomas Cranmer’s liturgical dialect in the Book of Common Prayer. The “EM” took everything biblical from the translation known as the King James Bible or Authorised Version.
I have often commented on my own hope — one which I know is shared by many others — that we would see the English Missal (or something closely akin to it) form one of the liturgical options made available within the context of the Ordinariate. Now it will no doubt be quickly pointed out that the use of the English Missal was by no means universal even amongst Anglo-Catholics and would be generally unfamiliar to many other Anglicans; from what I have gathered from others far more familiar with the situation within Anglicanism, this is certainly true. In light of that, it perhaps would not be the right choice to make it the sole liturgical book of the Ordinariate (which should presumably include a liturgical book which is much closer to something like the Book of Common Prayer) but it surely could be made available as an additional option, a kind of “Extraordinary Form” if you will — the analogy here is imperfect but I think it gets the basic idea across.
The benefit, from my perspective, is that this liturgical book combines some of the very things which form an important and identifiable part of the Anglican patrimony — namely, beautiful hieratic liturgical English with correspondingly beautiful English liturgical chant and options for the use of English sacred polyphony — with the familiar Catholic texts and ceremonies of the Roman liturgical books. In that regard, my own feeling is that it provides a very worthy synthesis which could be well suited to the Ordinariate and its mission — taken alongside another liturgical book more akin to the BCP.
Of course, at this point I must admit to a further motivation on my part. While I do genuinely think this option could be very enriching for the Ordinariate, its clergy and its faithful, I also happen to think that this option could be enriching for the broader Latin rite, most especially within the English speaking world. Why is because it presents a tangible model for the use of a hieratic liturgical English and English chant within the specific context of the Roman liturgical texts.
Returning once again to Fr. Hunwicke:
…the English Missal is a very fine vernacular version of the classical Roman Rite, in a very fine liturgical, hieratic, dialect. When the great Christine Mohrmann lamented that modern European vernaculars did not possess a hieratic form, she had not met the English Missal.
I believe the English Missal can provide a tangible model for the use of an appropriate, dignified liturgical vernacular within the confines of the Roman liturgical books in both forms of the Roman liturgy. This latter inclusion of “both forms of the Roman liturgy” might seem shocking to some EF devotees, but by it I am not suggesting that we should not ensure or pursue the wider recovery of liturgical Latin. What I am suggesting, however, is that just as there is a continuing place for Latin there is also a place for a hieratic vernacular within the sacred liturgy. What’s more, I believe we must also recognize that, broadly speaking, there is a desire for it, one which is I think perfectly legitimate and reasonable. As I have only recently commented, it seems to me that the vast majority of Catholics (including her clerics) are not interested in or drawn to an all-Latin or mostly-Latin liturgy as anything other than an occasional experience; time and again I see this confirmed, sometimes from sources I do not expect. In that regard, while the Roman liturgical books should certainly be available and available for use in their Latin editions for those who desire that, at the same time limiting the liturgical books of the usus antiquior almost exclusively to the Latin language (as they presently are, even when we consider the option that now exists for the vernacular readings) is, it seems to me, short-sighted and likely to keep the EF relegated to the sidelines of the liturgical life of the Church — and even potentially threaten its long term existence. We would do well then, whether one has an enthusiastic or begrudging position in relation to this particular question, to focus our efforts on how this might be manifest.
Enter the English Missal which could not only provide insights into how vernacular should look and sound within the context of the Ordinary Form (for the newly revised English translation, for all its improvements over the old translation, still lacks the poetic and hieratic qualities we find here), but also provide insights into the same potentialities within the context of the Extraordinary Form — in particular, with regard the Propers, including the proper chants.
The best way for the English Missal to make this contribution is, in my estimation, to make it an actually used and usable book within the Catholic Church, and the most logical place for that is within the context of the Ordinariate. If the powers that be within the Ordinariate could accomplish this, I think they would not only be providing themselves with a great gift within the Ordinariate, they would also be providing an important contribution to the wider Church.
The English Missal is, to paraphrase Fr. Hunwicke, one of the finest vernacular liturgical books ever produced; it brings together the genius and beauty of the Anglican liturgical dialect with the genius and sober beauty of the ancient Roman liturgical texts. As Fr. Hunwicke then suggested, so too would I say here and now, “and [it] deserves to be given a new lease of life.”
Some more here with pics.
August 2, 2012 2 Comments
Another over sensational headline, this time courtesy of George Conger:
Claims of bullying of Latin mass clergy untrue.
It all still has to do with Mr Christian Clay Columba Campbell’s undue assessment of Msgr Jeffery Steenson, recently posted on his blog.
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter has dismissed claims that clergy of the newly formed home for Anglicans in the Catholic Church are being bullied by its leader, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, for using the traditional Latin mass – the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
On 29 July 2012 the Anglo-Catholic website posted a story stating Msgr. Steenson had discouraged his clergy from using the Latin mass, directing them to use only approved ordinariate and Catholic English-language liturgies.
Christian Campbell stated that he had it on “unimpeachable authority that there is on ongoing crackdown on those AU/Ordinariate priests who would dare to learn or celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on the part of [Msgr.] Steenson” and other ordinariate leaders.
The “affected priests are naturally frightened, and unwilling to go on record, but make no mistake, the leadership of the U.S. Ordinariate at present has set itself against both Summorum Pontificum and Anglicanorum coetibus,” he stated, adding “I also have it on good authority that this intimidation, an abuse of power, is being reported directly to the Roman Authorities. And the contention that the traditional Latin Mass has no bearing on the Anglican Patrimony — this simply has me flabbergasted.”
Other traditionalist Catholic websites picked up the story, with many commentators berating Msgr. Steenson. By not allowing the traditional Latin mass the ordinary was forbidding the use of the liturgy that “shaped the Anglo-Catholic movement.”
“The Mass celebrated by [Blessed] John Henry Newmann is not apt for the Anglican converts of the Ordinariate,” was how one commentator characterized Msgr. Steenson’s actions.
But in a statement posted on the ordinariate’s website, Msgr. Steenson responded to his detractors saying those elements of the Anglican liturgical patrimony incorporated into the liturgical life of the ordinariate sought to balance “two historic principles — that Christian prayer and proclamation should be offered in the vernacular and that the language of worship should be sacral.”
The ordinariate’s “Book of Divine Worship Rite I” was its principle liturgical resource, while “those congregations that prefer a contemporary idiom, the Roman Missal 3rd edition could be used.”
Ordinariate clergy who “want to learn also how to celebrate” according to the traditional Latin mass were “certainly encouraged to do so” under the “supervision of the local bishop,” Msgr. Steenson said, so as to “assist in those stable communities that use the Extraordinary Form.”
However the traditional Latin Mass, (the Extraordinary Form) “is not integral to the Anglican patrimony, it is not properly used in our communities,” Msgr. Steenson wrote.
A spokesman for the ordinariate told Anglican Ink that over the past seven months, Msgr. Steenson “has undertaken the incredible task of building what is essentially a national diocese from the ground up, and with few resources.”
“Looking back, we can see all that has been accomplished, including a high quality application and formation program for clergy; ordinations of more than 20 priests in two countries in just six months – with more on the way; new communities being received into the Ordinariate regularly, with the next one in Boston this August; and policies, procedures and a structure being put in place to ensure the Ordinariate has a firm foundation for a healthy future.”
However, she noted that “bloggers always will speculate, but the focus of the Ordinariate continues to be on building up this new community of faith, with a healthy presbyterate and healthy local communities.”
August 1, 2012 10 Comments
A measured post by Shane Schaetzel over at Catholic in the Ozarks:
Those of you outside of the Anglican ordinariate, or the Traditional Catholic movement, will probably find this little more than a curiosity. Those of you, like myself, who are actively involved in the formation of the Anglican ordinariate within the Catholic Church will find this essential. Any Anglican even considering conversion to the Catholic Church will also find it essential. Traditional Catholics will likewise be very interested.
A controversy has erupted concerning the use of the Traditional Latin Mass (Usus Antiquior, “Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite” or “Tridentine Missal”) in Anglican ordinariate parishes. (Note: this is not the same as the regular “Ordinary Form” of the mass celebrated in Latin.) Mr. Christian Clay Columba Campbell, of TheAngloCatholic.com blog, records his experience with the newly installed Anglican Ordinary for the United States, Monsignor Jeffery N. Steenson…
Mr. Campbell is correct in his assessment of Anglicanorum coetibus and Summorum Pontificum. Ordinariate priests do have the unrestricted right to celebrate the sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. However, I should point out here that this unrestricted right applies to private masses primarily. Public masses on the other hand, are a different story, Summorum Pontificum stipulates that if a small but stable group of the faithful request such a liturgy, they cannot be denied. The necessary size of such groups has never been stipulated, to my knowledge, but my understanding is that in all cases the bishop (or in this case, Ordinary monsignor) should be generous. This is after all a matter of canon law now.
What I am unsure about is how we should interpret Mr. Campbell’s impression of the conversation in question. In no way do I doubt or question Mr. Campbell’s impression of what happened. He has been, and remains to this day, an unimpeachable source of reliable information for all things related to the pope’s ordinariate program. However, it has been my personal experience that conversations can easily be interpreted different ways by multiple different people. Both my wife and I have listened to the exact same words, spoken by the exact same people, at the exact same time. The only difference between us was the three-foot distance that spanned the space between her ears and mine. Yet, after the conversation, my wife and I have walked away with two completely different interpretations of what was just said. It happens all the time. From this I have learned to listen to her impression, while explaining mine in turn, as we sometimes agree to disagree, or else determine that the “truth” was actually something in between our respective interpretations. I tend to pity the poor souls who’s words are often subject to our evening deliberations.
I should point out here that I have more than a vested interest in this controversy…
I’m sure you can understand why Mr. Campbell’s account of his encounter with Msgr. Steenson was particularly troubling to me. Before allowing myself to be hurt by it however, I decided to approach this whole thing the same way I approach evening deliberations with my wife. I felt it might be important to try to understand this from more than just one perspective.
Now admittedly I wasn’t there for Mr. Campbell’s conversation with Msgr. Steenson, so I cannot say what my impression was. I simply have to take Mr. Campbell’s interpretation of events at face value. Fortunately however, Msgr. Steenson decided to release a statement to help clarify his thoughts on the matter. I relay that statement in its entirety…
Overall, I thought this was a fair explanation, and it seemed to confirm what I had previously suspected when I first read of Mr. Campbell’s encounter with Msgr. Steenson. I wonder if perhaps Msgr. Steenson did not appreciate the delicacy of the topic at hand during his conversation with Mr. Campbell, and perhaps spoke in terms that were far too generalised and sweeping. (Just a thought.) This latest statement seems to demonstrate a much more reflective approach. There have been more developments since this latest statement, most of which can be found on TheAngloCatholic.com blog, but I think this serves as a good primer for me to express my own thoughts on the matter…
As the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, clearly explained in Summorum Pontificum, the Roman Rite consists of two forms — Ordinary and Extraordinary. The Ordinary Form is what is most commonly translated into the vernacular languages (such as English or Spanish, etc.) and commonly used today. The Extraordinary Form is the strictly Latin liturgy that was used exclusively up until 1969. The prayers and rubrics of the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms differ considerably, in addition to the language, as does the lectionary and psalter. Prior to Summorum Pontificum (2007) many bishops restricted the use of the Extraordinary Form in their dioceses, and in my opinion, this caused some serious problems to develop in the Catholic Church. This prohibition of the Extraordinary Form led to an artificial and unnecessary split in the laity between “traditional” and “contemporary” Catholics. Sadly, hostilities developed between these two groups. This in turn led each side to entrench in their positions; with “contemporary Catholics” taking every opportunity to innovate in the liturgy as much as possible (i.e. “liturgical abuse”), and “traditional Catholics” shunning the Ordinary Form entirely, occasionally subscribing to conspiracy theories as well. It is into this scene that Pope Benedict XVI released Summorum Pontificum in an attempt to heal the developing fracture. As a matter of Church law now, every priest has the right to privately celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (if he is properly trained of course), and ordinary bishops must supply a public celebration of the Extraordinary Form whenever a “stable group” of Catholic faithful request it. It is my opinion, that the healing process has only just begun, and it will take at least ten years before we can safely say this unfortunate rupture in the Church (between “traditional” and “contemporary”) is finally behind us.
Two years later, the Holy Father released Anglicanorum coetibus, which provided for the establishment of ordinariates for Anglicans within the Catholic Church. These ordinariates specifically fall under the Roman Rite, though the liturgy will effectively serve as another “form” of the Roman Rite. In the past this “form” was called the “Anglican Use of the Roman Rite.” Some have inaccurately referred to it as the “Anglican Rite.” There is no “Anglican Rite” in the Catholic Church as of yet, but that has not been entirely excluded from possibility in the distant future. For now however, the Anglican ordinariates operate within the canon law of the Roman Rite, and the Anglican liturgy operates as another “form” of the Roman liturgy that is exclusively Anglican in nature. Unfortunately, this Anglican “form” has not been officially approved by Rome yet, and this only serves to complicate matters. In the United States however, ordinariate priests are permitted to use the “Book of Divine Worship” which is a prototype version of a Vatican approved “Book of Common Prayer.” It is supposed to serve as a temporary liturgy for the U.S. ordinariate until the official ordinariate liturgy is approved by Rome.
Here is the sticky situation Monsignor Steenson faces as I personally see it. The U.S. ordinariate is new. It is still in a malleable phase of its development. The official ordinariate liturgy hasn’t even been approved by Rome yet. (This is a problem Rome should remedy, as an approved ordinariate liturgy would help tremendously in this situation.) New Anglican communities are still coming into the ordinariate, and still more are expressing interest. The ordinariate is in the process of ordaining priests and the number of ordinariate parishes is still very small. All the while, the voices of Anglican critics, outside the ordinariate, are constantly ringing with the warning that the whole ordinariate scheme is a “trap.” They criticise that Rome is attempting to “lure” Anglicans into the ordinariate so they can “Romanize” them. The ordinariate, on the other hand, promises to be a place where Anglicans can be fully united with Rome but not absorbed by Rome, as the mantra goes “united but not absorbed.” The U.S. Anglican Ordinary is faced with the prospect of not only fostering the Anglican patrimony, but championing it aggressively, so as to demonstrate beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the ordinariate is a safe refuge for Anglicans to continue their traditions under the pastoral protection of the Bishop of Rome. He must effectively prove that the Vatican is not out to absorb or “Romanize” them. Lest the Anglican critics of the ordinariate gain more fuel to add to their fire.
Into this environment, former Anglican clergy are ordained as Catholic priests within the ordinariate. Some of these clergy recognise the beauty and solemnity of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Some of these clergy want to celebrate it. Some want to learn how to celebrate it. Some already celebrate it within their ordinariate parishes. So what is an Anglican Ordinary to do? He must aggressively champion the Anglican patrimony while making sure there is no appearance of “Romanizing” the ordinariate. It is in this context that I personally interpreted Mr. Campbell’s account of his encounter with Msgr. Steenson. In other words, I walked away from that article with a different interpretation than that of Mr. Campbell and many others who were rightfully “disturbed” by the story. I see Msgr. Steenson as a man who is hopelessly trapped in the impossible situation of having to champion an Anglican Patrimony that has not yet even been approved by Rome. My sympathy goes out to him.
All and all, I think Msgr. Steenson’s statement above is a fair one. I disagree with but one line of it, wherein it says: “the Extraordinary Form is not integral to the Anglican patrimony.” I don’t see it that way at all, as the Anglican Patrimony has drawn upon the Extraordinary Form extensively, back when it was the only form of the Roman Rite during the 1800s. Yet, perhaps I’ve misunderstood Monsignor and need more clarification of this statement. I am however, inclined to agree when Monsignor follows with this statement: “The Ordinariate will remain focused on bringing Christians in the Anglican tradition into full communion with the Catholic Church.” Of course it will! The ordinariate simply MUST be a place that remains attractive to ANGLICANS! Suppose for example an ordinariate parish were started in a certain city, and the priest of that parish (along with most of his parishioners) were attracted to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Now let’s suppose this same priest, and his parishioners, decide to celebrate the Extraordinary Form every other Sunday, alternating with the Anglican liturgy from the “Book of Divine Worship.” How might that look to potential Anglican converts coming to visit? I think it would look very “suspicious” to some, especially if they already have a fear that the Vatican might be covertly intending to “Romanize” them. What does that say for the Anglican patrimony? What does that say for the nature of the ordinariate itself? I disagree with the Ordinary’s stated historical reason for his decision, but I take into account the complex political circumstances that may have contributed to it. Certainly there is room for the Extraordinary Form in some ordinariate parishes, but those parishes should be well established, with a solid liturgical schedule in place that clearly expresses the Anglican Patrimony. Such parishes do exist within the ordinariate, to be sure, but they are few in number right now. Most ordinariate parishes at this time are just getting started. Some aren’t even parishes yet, in a proper sense, but rather prayer groups and fellowships waiting on the ordinariate to send them a priest. What would happen to them if they received a priest who intended to celebrate the Extraordinary Form most of the time? When you look at it this way, Monsignor Steenson’s words start to make a lot more sense. He has plainly ENCOURAGED his priests to learn the Extraordinary Form, but likewise instructed them to put that skill to use in regular diocesan parishes (in their area) that already offer the Extraordinary Form. It should be clear what his intention is by this. He is trying to assist in the development of the Extraordinary Form in diocesan parishes, while simultaneously trying to preserve the specific Anglican character of ordinariate parishes. In other words, it’s as if he is saying to his priests: go ahead and learn the Extraordinary Form, but when you put it to use, please help nearby diocesan parishes, and keep the ordinariate parishes limited to the Anglican Form, or at the very least, an Anglicised version of the Ordinary Form.
It would appear the outstanding question that remains to be settled is this. Does the U.S. Anglican Ordinary have the legal right under canon law to restrict the use of the Extraordinary Form within his ordinariate parishes? (It should be noted, he has not actually done this yet, but only said: “it is not properly used in our communities.”) That remains yet to be seen, and it is a question only the Vatican CDF can answer. So we will have to wait and see. In the meantime, I would encourage all interested parties to refrain from judgement on this matter. I think it is reasonable to assume that Monsignor Steenson’s only intention here is to be a strong advocate for the Anglican patrimony. I do not believe he means any ill toward the Extraordinary Form or traditional Catholicism in general. The last line of his official statement above should put those concerns to rest, and his mention of the “hermeneutic of continuity” should clearly demonstrate to us that he shares the Holy Father’s vision of Vatican II
The whole piece here.
July 30, 2012 28 Comments
In response to certain questions that have been asked about the use of the Latin Mass in its Extraordinary Form in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary, issued this statement:
“We rejoice in the liturgical richness of the Catholic Church. We in the Anglican tradition certainly welcome the Holy Father’s concern that the Mass be understood as a living, continuous tradition. The communio sanctorum compels us to read and engage with the Church’s tradition with a hermeneutic of continuity.
“The particular mission of the Ordinariate is to bring into the fuller life of the Catholic Church those enduring elements of the Anglican liturgical patrimony which are oriented to Catholic truth. This liturgical identity seeks to balance two historic principles — that Christian prayer and proclamation should be offered in the vernacular and that the language of worship should be sacral. This is what Anglicans understand when they speak of the prayer book tradition.
“The liturgy of the Ordinariate is superintended by an inter-dicasterial working group (of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW)). At the time the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established, the CDW provided important guidance for our liturgical use: The Book of Divine Worship Rite I should be amended to bring it into conformity with the Roman Missal 3rd edition, particularly the words of Consecration. For those congregations that prefer a contemporary idiom, the Roman Missal 3rd edition could be used.
“We have therefore asked that the congregations of the Ordinariate follow this direction. Some of our clergy want to learn also how to celebrate according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. They are certainly encouraged to do so, under the provisions of Summorum Pontificum and under the supervision of the local bishop, to assist in those stable communities that use the Extraordinary Form. But as the Extrordinary Form is not integral to the Anglican patrimony, it is not properly used in our communities. The Ordinariate will remain focused on bringing Christians in the Anglican tradition into full communion with the Catholic Church. We also are pleased that the Church has provided for the continuing use of the Extraordinary Form, particularly as a pastoral response to traditional Catholics, and regard all of this as a well-ordered symphony of praise to the Blessed Trinity.”
July 25, 2012 6 Comments
It’s over at the Anglo-Catholic.
Lately there has been a lot of debate here on The Anglo-Catholic with regard to the type of liturgical language that should prevail in the Ordinariates. There is a great deal of passion on all sides and a number of people have suggested polling our readers on this issue. So we’ll start with a basic question.
What type of liturgical language would you like to see used in the Ordinariates?
Take part if will over there.
July 23, 2012 4 Comments
As reported over at The Anglo Catholic:
A West Australian friend has been attending Sunday Mass at the Principal Church of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for the last several weeks, ever since the happy day of the reception into full communion of many incoming Anglicans, and the ordination to the priesthood of their leader the new Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, in Perth last month.
For all interested readers, then, here is an account – extracted over the telephone – from my correspondent (who is himself a former Anglican, and thus particularly sympathetic to the Ordinariate) of Mass this morning in Perth.
The Church of SS Ninian and Chad (which I have peeped into myself some years ago) is quite small; it was full for the 9.30 am Sunday Mass, which means a congregation of perhaps seventy. As well as the recently-arrived Ordinariate members, quite a number of other Catholics were in attendance, including (I am told) some familiar faces from my years in the West.
As should be expected, Mass began with full-throated hymn-singing (Patrimony! Catholics can’t sing like that!), and the music was excellent throughout, including the organ-playing.
Mass was conducted in the Ordinary Form, with two notable (approved) additions: the Collect for Purity at the outset (between the salutation and the Penitential Act, I understand), and the Prayer of Humble Access at Communion (just before “Behold the Lamb of God”, at the place when the priest says a private prayer for worthy reception). Mgr Entwistle remarked at the very good bunfight afterward (Patrimony!) that to Anglican laity, the use of those two prayers are the sine qua non of Anglican liturgy, and I think I may as an interested observer agree: the first is of course Sarum, and the second is Cranmerian but certainly orthodox.
One tiny variant was also quietly pleasing: whether “official” or not, the congregation very devoutly said “And with thy spirit” throughout, and who can but applaud this?
The readings were taken from the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (the so-called Ignatius Press Lectionary); apparently the ACCA has been using the RSV for some years prior to the establishment of the Ordinariate in any case. The sermon was good, solid, and of fair length – more Patrimony! (If Catholics can’t sing, neither in the main can the average Catholic priest preach, after all, so may these good people diffuse their gifts widely and quickly…)
The prayers of intercession were not, as I had surmised, recited using the Anglican Prayer for the Church. As I have said, only two prayers from the Anglican tradition supplemented the liturgy. The celebrant said the Roman Canon on this Sunday, but I am informed that he has used other Eucharistic Prayers from the Roman Missal on other days.
There were two servers, and incense was used – this being the first time in my friend’s experience of attending Ordinariate Masses there. Why so? SS Ninian and Chad being a very small church in truth, the sanctuary is not suited to large services, and this accounts for the restrained but reverent liturgical style there – in such a small church one cannot expect the sort of liturgical pageantry that larger churches can put on. In other words, SS Ninian and Chad is not the Brompton Oratory!
Mass was, of course, said ad orientem, and everyone knelt for Communion at the rail. My friend was careful to remind me that Communion was given in Both Kinds, and that the chalice was administered by being held to each communicant’s lips, in the usual Anglican fashion, so that the communicants did not themselves handle the chalice. This would be entirely new to average Catholics!
(Since at present the Monsignor is the only priest of the Ordinariate – though I hear that ordinations in Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, and so forth will occur fairly soon, as least as regards the first city named – it has seemed prudent to use the Ordinary Form, just slightly supplemented, rather than the Book of Divine Worship’s Eucharistic liturgy, the only other approved Anglican Use Mass at present, since if a local diocesan priest has to say Mass while Entwistle is off on Ordinariate business around Australia, it would be difficult for such a supply priest to celebrate a liturgy to him unknown.)
The Ordinariate is still but newly-born; the Ordinary has very slender resources, and so matters will progress slowly at first. One might say that Our Lady of the Southern Cross indeed holds a precious infant in her arms – one of Our Lord’s youngest brethren, still literally infans, unable to speak (having no website for the moment)! We know that she will dearly care for this her latest adopted child.
Given this, it is unsurprising that these recently-arrived Ordinariate members have been happily received by the wider Archdiocese of Perth, and feel very much welcomed. Holy Mother Church rejoices in these members now fully united to her!
July 9, 2012 2 Comments
I went to the Anglican Use liturgy in Toronto today, associated with the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
I have some shots from the booklet they use that I think are interesting:
The visit is described in more detail with some other good prayer book pics here.