Ordinariate Liturgy to be Trialled

The Record reports on the new mass for the Ordinariate and its trial here in Australia.

Monsignor Harry EntwistleA liturgy incorporating Anglican patrimony will soon be trialled in Perth at the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross Parish of St Ninian and St Chad’s in Maylands.

Speaking with The Record from Brisbane after a meeting of Ordinariate clergy last week, Ordinariate leader Monsignor Harry Entwistle said the liturgy would be trialled in several Ordinariate parishes throughout Australia, including in its Maylands parish from mid-August…Read more

This is good news for the Ordinariate as it means that soon we will have our own liturgy based on a variety of sources, fully Catholic, yet incorporating Anglican patrimony.

Part of the history of its development was outlined by Mgnr Burnham, an assistant to the Ordinary of Our Lady of Walsingham, in his Abstract for his paper at the Liturgia Conference where he states that;

Before 1970 there was an ‘Anglo-papalist’ tradition, using the Roman Missal in translation, and even ‘Prayer Book Catholics’ made extensive use of the traditional Propers and Holy Week material. After Vatican II, English Anglo-catholics united round the common ground of the 1970 Sacramentary and the modern Anglican Eucharist. Anglicanæ traditiones, the Holy See’s inter-dicasterial working group, looked at this modern English practice, and at the feasibility of introducing the pre-Reformation Sarum Use in translation, before deciding to base its work on the 1983 Book of Divine Worship, authorised for the Pastoral Provision 1980. This rite has now been revised and enriched by material from the Anglican Missal and English Missal, pre-conciliar resources used extensively by Anglo-catholics.

One idea that is central to the development of the liturgy for the Ordinariates, or so I believe, is that best expressed by Bp Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop of Lismore, when he was talking about his history, and his upbringing in the Anglican tradition before his conversion:

Central to that Anglican patrimony, as I was formed by it, was a liturgy strongly scriptural in its expression — at its heart being the psalms, readings and canticles of the daily offices, an emphasis on Eucharistic worship and the sacraments, and a fine tradition of hymnody and sacred music… what we were doing in the liturgy was not for ourselves or the people’s enjoyment or benefit, but above all else was an offering of worship and praise to the one true God. Only the best and the most beautiful we could offer was good enough. Read More

Only the best and the most beautiful we could offer was good enough, what more needs to be said.

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