Keep an eye on Modern Medievalism. James Griffin, who runs this blog, has put up some fine posts on the Use of Sarum this month. I celebrate Mass according to this rite each day, and have done so for the past four years, so I must be “taking it for granted”! I have neglected the more academic and historical side of the Sarum Use for some time, and I am thankful to see someone else doing it.
It’s hard work convincing people that we are not a bunch of nutters or museum curators. Sarum is just as much a living rite as the 1962 Roman rite, the Ambrosian rite of Milan or the Dominican Use. It is just a part of the western Church’s patrimony, both in communion with Rome and independent. Admittedly, few priests and parishes use it for fear of doing something “not allowed”. Over here in Normandy, in Rouen, Evreux and Bayeaux, parishes and cathedrals were doing something very similar to Sarum in terms of ceremonies and trappings whilst using the Tridentine missal up to the 1960’s, and in a few places up to the 1990’s when the last of the old priests died.
Keep the flag flying!