Ordinariate Liturgy Links

Dr William Tighe has sent out a circular e-mail, and I think it would be of interest to readers here. Most of us know that the Ordinariate rite of Mass is now rolled out and no longer secret. I quote:

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Perhaps of interest:

Another series of comments, from Tasmania, can be found here:

My own one regret is that no thought was taken to restoring to the Prayer of Humble Access a phrase found in the 1549 original version, but omitted in 1552 and all later versions:

We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, in these holy mysteries, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body, and our souls washed through his most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.

(The above is the 1552/1559/1662 etc. version, with the omitted phrase inserted in bold italic. I place below the actual 1549 version, the ending of which was also rearranged in 1552, a rearrangement which I count as pure rhetorical gain):

We do not presume to come to this thy Table (O merciful Lord) trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We be not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, in these holy Mysteries, that we may continually dwell in him, and he in us, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his Body, and our souls washed through his most precious Blood. Amen.

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4 Responses to Ordinariate Liturgy Links

  1. William Tighe says:

    Since sending this around I have been informed by one involved in the preparation of the “Ordinariate Use” that “thought was taken” by those tasked with its preparation to restoring the phrase “in these holy mysteries,” but that, in the end, they thought that diminishing the familiarity of the prayer to those accustomed to its use would outweigh the gain from so altering it.

  2. Dale Crakes says:

    It is my understanding that the Antiochians will re-insert “in these holy mysteries” eventually after facing the same concerns.

    • Dale says:

      In some ways, it is a real pity that the ordinariates did not simply adopt the Antiochian Anglican liturgy. Not only does it contain most of the issues mentioned, but, unlike the Roman version, which insists on the Roman canon, the Antiochian versions has a viable Anglican inspired canon of the mass.

      Having said the above, we must not forget that Dean Hallam, Antiochian dean in Great Britain, has declared the Antiochian western rites to be “theologically defective” and refuses to consider their use in England; all converting Anglicans, in England, MUST adopt the Greek rite.

      • Michael Frost says:

        Dale, How come I suspect the real reason the RCC is forcing the use of the Roman canon is tied to the non-recognition of Anglican orders and their Eucharist? They can’t afford to give any Anglicans any ammunition in this regard so they didn’t. And now they can point to their own Ordinariatae in support of that position.

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