I was slightly amused on reading YF’s posting on the new Ordinariate missal, The ordinariate missal and more. We see the handsomely bound book and one of its pages. All rather exciting, one would think. I haven’t had access to the texts of the ordinary and the proper, and I am not in the Ordinariate, so I have no intention of treading on their toes. Fr Hunwicke’s spot is a better place to go to get the latest titbits.
I don’t expect any different from YF’s comments, based as they are on lay Roman Catholic apologetics as well as the experience of his life.
What becomes apparent on reading the various things that have been written about the Ordinariate missal (I imagine the book will be impossibly expensive to buy, and I’m not interested in acquiring it) is that it is a patchwork made up of the old Roman rite via the English Missal, bits of the Novus Ordo and the Prayer Book. I would be curious to know whether Septuagesimatide has been restored, or whether the Sundays after the feast of the Trinity are “after Trinity”, “after Pentecost” or “Ordinary Sundays”. It is possible that there may be a Sarum fragment here and there.
What did amuse me is that someone wrote a comment suggesting that the Ordinariate should have adopted the Sarum missal in English (of which two translations are available). YF answered “Not heretical but it would like like trying to revive a corpse“. Perhaps, but it is a rite without “options” and “tweaks” to reflect the diversity of liturgical usage in English Anglo-Catholicism. I assume the Ordinariate priests will simply toe the line and use what’s in the book.
Either way, you have a rite that has only been in occasional use since 1549 or you have another new missal that will hardly reflect what most Anglo-Catholics who went over to the Ordinariate had in their last Anglican parish (Church of England or TAC). Interestingly, the Sarum Use didn’t originate in Dr Frankenstein’s lab!
Anglican patrimony is indeed an ambiguous terms, when it is out of the context of the Established Church and parishes that have not gone “modern” in their usage. We in the ACC (at least in my Diocese) tend to use the Anglican Missal as preceded the use of the Novus Ordo in “advanced” parishes. My Bishop often uses the 1549 ordinary as is a choice in the Anglican Missal. My use of Sarum is unofficial and tolerated on the basis of it being a traditional Catholic rite among many others. I don’t have many people coming to Mass, which would be the same whatever rite I used, but I have no more idea of “reviving a corpse” than if I used the Tridentine rite as I used to or the Anglican Missal with its fusion of the Roman rite in English and the 1549 Prayer Book.
All the same, YF has some interesting reflections to share with his experience of the Eastern Church, both in communion with Rome and not.
Then again, by now, just about every Anglican who really wanted to be [Roman] Catholic now is.
Granted. I don’t think we’ll read the rhetoric of 2010 to about 2012 portraying a spiritual analogy of Syrian refugees arriving in Germany. I appreciate being far away from “true church” claims and cows enjoying the greener grass.
If Sarum is a “stiff” laid out for burial, then Anglicanism is hard to define in today’s world. Some of the Americans have tried it with “Classic Anglicanism” in its Arminian and Calvinist versions, which is odd considering that English bishops were sending priests to prison for “ritualistic” practices like wearing vestments or using the “eastward position” as late as the 1860’s. Had the deal of November 2009 simply been one of straight conversion to Roman Catholicism, only a few would have gone for it. Everywhere we look, there only seems to be lots of round pegs and square holes, plenty of cognitive dissonance and attempts at self-justification.
Perhaps there is no justification. We just continue as best we can in an imperfect world. There is no need to play other people’s games in places where we have never been. Life in this world is too short. Some of us have got together for the purpose of doing the work of Christ’s holy Church, however imperfectly or unworthily, but with the intention of refusing to bow down to evil and human sin.
YF is a good fellow. He likes old cars in the same way as I like old boats. He writes well, since writing is his job. We do need to be committed to Christ and the Christian way of life without worrying whether everyone else is doing it too. I wish him a holy Advent.