Anglican Patrimony is Becoming a Reality

The Tablet:

As a convert from Anglicanism I have been curious since Benedict XVI paved the way for the creation of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham about what particular aspects of ‘Anglican patrimony’ – as the Pope emeritus put it – might be introduced into Catholic worship. Last night at the Little Oratory, Brompton Road, an Evensong and Benediction was celebrated that gave a strong indication.

If any of the upwards of 200 people crowded into the beautiful chapel had any doubts about the workability of the combined liturgy, few can have been in any doubt at the end.

The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are treasures at the very heart of Anglicanism, even though some would say they are not always appreciated as such. They were given their proper place here. But I had not realised how firmly the responses following ‘O Lord, show they mercy upon us’, had been set down in my own psyche, until I found myself praying them again after a gap of more than eight years. ‘Give peace in our time, O Lord, Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only, thou, O God’, rings true with force, just as ‘O God, make clean our hearts within us, And take not they Holy Spirit from us’ equally but in a different way expresses our complete dependence.

But what about, ‘Oh Lord save the Queen. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee’. I joyfully pray for the Pope at Mass. This prayer for the Queen, surely, takes us right back to the Reformation, and affirms our secular monarch as head of the Church. I asked the Ordinary and last night’s presider, Mgr Keith Newton, whether any difficult issues were raised here. ‘Not at all,’ he said. He was delighted to keep the prayer for the Queen, because it showed the confidence of Catholics as full and equal members of British society. To omit this seemed to him to make the Church too peripheral.  And of course Pope Francis was prayed for too.

So what do Anglicans have that Catholics don’t? How about lines like: ‘O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give … ‘?

And what do Catholics have? Well, the Real Presence of Christ, of course. At Benediction: ‘Therefore we before him bending this great sacrament revere … ‘;  The Divine Praises: ‘Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name …’ and afterwards the ‘Salve Regina…’

Mgr Newton told me that his Anglican services, at least, had been no stranger to these Catholic elements.  But when one looks at the separate agonising and bitterness that has been in evidence in the compilations of new Missal translations and prayer books, one cannot help thinking that – on the evidence of last night – the opportunity for a powerful cross-fertilisation, based on a genuinely creative tension, has been there all along.

And is it not the case that, if ecumenism is to make progress, it will be first of all on the basis of deep common prayer? And if the Holy Spirit is not taken from us, the common doctrine will follow.



7 thoughts on “Anglican Patrimony is Becoming a Reality

  1. The prayer for the Queen has nothing to do with the reformation. In all missals even until 1962, on Good Friday there was a prayer for the Roman Emperor (in Germany at least; I suspect that the French prayed for their King). If I am not mistaken, the intercessions ought to contain prayers for the politicians too…

    1. 1962? Certainly not, the German Empire was abolished in 1918 and the Weimar Republic proclaimed. Same for France in 1870, since that year and till 1905 (separation of Church and State in France) we prayed at the end of Masses “Domine salvum fac Rem Publicam” ‘(O God, save the Republic), and then after only a generic prayer for those in power. In Elsass and Lothringen where Church and State are not separated, there is no prayer at the end of Masses, but still a mandatory “Mass for France” every 14 of July in every parish. The Belgian, Dutch etc… still pray for their monarch indeed.

      + pax et bonum

  2. Until relatively recently the “Domine Salavam Fac” was “to be sung after the principal mass on Sunday in all churches in England and in the Queen’s other territories and dominions.”

    And the Liturgy Office of the Bishops’ Conference requested that it be said in all Churches on the occasion of HM’s Diamond Jubilee.

  3. I do have to agree that we should pray for the Queen in the sunset of her life… who signed the 1967 Abortion Act into law. gay marriage act ( canada). gay adoption, easy divorce etc.

    1. Come off it Robert. HM the Queen reigns but does not rule. You well know that the last Monarch to refuse the Royal Assent to a bill was Queen Anne.

      1. Thanks Mourad….just proves that her coronation oaths and promises are as meaningless as the use of ” until death us do part ” in the BCP marriage service.

        These should be altered for the next coronation.

        The Royal prerogative was in fact used in Australia in 1975, when the Governor General dismissed the Labour Government of Goff Whitlam

        The Queen still technically rules, but realises if she exercised her prerogative she would be effectively committing dynastic suicide.

        Such is the nonsense of our unwritten constitution.

  4. here are the words of the coronation service..which Mourad invalidates…….

    (Collect) O God,
    who providest for thy people by thy power,
    and rulest over them in love:
    Grant unto this thy servant ELIZABETH, our Queen,
    the Spirit of wisdom and government,
    that being devoted unto thee with her whole heart,
    she may so wisely govern,
    that in her time thy Church may be in safety,
    and Christian devotion may continue in peace;
    that so persevering in good works unto the end,
    she may by thy mercy come to thine everlasting kingdom;
    through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord,
    who liveth and reigneth with thee
    in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
    one God for ever and ever. Amen.

    (Anointing) O Lord and heavenly Father,
    the exalter of the humble and the strength of thy chosen,
    who by anointing with Oil didst of old
    make and consecrate kings, priests, and prophets,
    to teach and govern thy people Israel:
    Bless and sanctify thy chosen servant ELIZABETH,
    who by our office and ministry
    is now to be anointed with this Oil,
    and consecrated Queen:
    Strengthen her, O Lord, with the Holy Ghost the Comforter;
    Confirm and stablish her with thy free and princely Spirit,
    the Spirit of wisdom and government,
    the Spirit of counsel and ghostly strength,
    the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness,
    and fill her, O Lord, with the Spirit of thy holy fear,
    now and for ever;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Be thy Hands anointed with holy Oil.
    Be thy Breast anointed with holy Oil.
    Be thy Head anointed with holy Oil:
    as kings, priests, and prophets were anointed:
    And as Solomon was anointed king
    by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet,
    so be thou anointed, blessed, and consecrated Queen
    over the Peoples, whom the Lord thy God
    hath given thee to rule and govern,
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the Son of God,
    who by his Father was anointed with the Oil of gladness
    above his fellows,
    by his holy Anointing pour down upon your Head and Heart
    the blessing of the Holy Ghost,
    and prosper the works of your Hands:
    that by the assistance of his heavenly grace
    you may govern and preserve
    the Peoples committed to your charge
    in wealth, peace, and godliness;
    and after a long and glorious course
    of ruling a temporal kingdom
    wisely, justly, and religiously,
    you may at last be made partaker of an eternal kingdom,
    through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    (Sword) Receive this kingly Sword,
    brought now from the Altar of God,
    and delivered to you by the hands of us
    the Bishops and servants of God, though unworthy.
    With this sword do justice,
    stop the growth of iniquity,
    protect the holy Church of God,
    help and defend widows and orphans,
    restore the things that are gone to decay,
    maintain the things that are restored,
    punish and reform what is amiss,
    and confirm what is in good order:
    that doing these things you may be glorious in all virtue;
    and so faithfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ in this life,
    that you may reign for ever with him
    in the life which is to come. Amen.

    (Ring) Receive the Ring of kingly dignity,
    and the seal of Catholic Faith:
    and as you are this day
    consecrated to be our Head and Prince,
    so may you continue stedfastly
    as the Defender of Christ’s Religion;
    that being rich in faith
    and blessed in all good works,
    you may reign with him who is the King of Kings,
    to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    (At the Offertory) Bless, O Lord, we beseech thee, these thy gifts,
    and sanctify them unto this holy use,
    that by them we may be made partakers of the Body and Blood
    of thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ,
    and fed unto everlasting life of soul and body:
    And that thy servant Queen ELIZABETH
    may be enabled to the discharge of her weighty office,
    whereunto of thy great goodness thou hast called and appointed her.
    Grant this, O Lord, for Jesus Christ’s sake,
    our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

    (The Proper Preface) It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty,
    that we should at all times, and in all places,
    give thanks unto thee,
    O Lord, Holy Father,
    Almighty, Everlasting God:
    Who hast at this time consecrated thy servant
    ELIZABETH to be our Queen,
    that by the anointing of thy grace she may be
    the Defender of thy Faith
    and the Protector of thy Church and People.
    Therefore with Angels and Archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we laud and magnify thy glorious Name;
    evermore praising thee, and saying:

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