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Mass with Cranmer’s prayers unveiled New ordinariate liturgy approved by Rome begins with words from Anglican Book of Common Prayer
BY WILL GORE AND MADELEINE TEAHAN
THE PERSONAL ORDINARIATE of Our Lady of Walsingham unveiled its new liturgy in London last week.
The new text of the Mass, which draws on the words of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer while using traditional elements of the Roman Rite, was used for the first time at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, in central London.
The new liturgy, known as the Ordinariate Use, has been devised for the personal ordinariates, the structures set up by Benedict XVI to allow groups of Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Pope, while preserving elements of their distinctive Anglican liturgical and pastoral traditions.
The Mass was celebrated by Mgr Keith Newton and was offered in honour of the patron of the ordinariate, Blessed John Henry Newman, whose feast was on October 9.
It began with words from the Book of Common Prayer: “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy Name...”
The preacher was Mgr Andrew Burnham, assistant to the Ordinary and a member of the working party set up by Rome to devise the Ordinariate Use.
In his homily, Mgr Burnham said: “At the time of the Reformation, Luther and Cranmer, to borrow a phrase, created ‘a hermeneutic of rupture’. They thought it necessary to break with the immediate past so as to recover what they thought was the ancient and original meaning. This is a dangerous thing to do, as some of the arguments in the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council have shown.
“But, to turn the question against ourselves have we, in the ordinariate, dreamed up our very own ‘hermeneutic of rupture’? Certainly, we have broken away from the Church of England, in which most of us had spent most of our lives. We have broken away too from the trajectory of modern Anglican liturgical revision.
“But we have most truly discovered in place of rupture ‘a hermeneutic of continuity’, that is we have found a way of
Incense swirls as ordinariate makes history
Mgr Keith Newton distributes Holy Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass Photo: Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Flickr photostream joining together Cranmer’s linguistic brilliance, and feel for translation, with the ancient Canon of the Mass, prayed everywhere in England from the time of St Augustine until the Reformation.”
Mgr Burnham concluded: “There are several contexts in which the Ordinariate Use will indeed be usual. There are others in which it will be celebrated seldom. But it is part of who we are, our Anglican DNA, and what we bring, and it will take its place, alongside Choral Evensong, and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, as something which was once merely Anglican and is now part of the treasurestore of the whole Universal Church.”
Traditional elements of the Roman Rite, such as the Last Gospel and the preparatory Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, are also included in the ordinariate liturgy.
Dr Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society, said: “The newly unveiled liturgy of the ordinariate is to be welcomed both because it affirms the important principle of liturgical pluralism in the West, and because it represents a move forward in official thinking about the reform of the liturgy. Like the use in the ordinariate’s Calendar of Septuagesima (pre-Lent), the appearance (at least as an option) of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and the Last Gospel restore much-loved elements of the ancient Catholic Mass which were stripped away following the Second Vatican Council. The arguments against these, that they were strictly unnecessary and confused the sequence of events in the rite, have been overtaken by a new sense that the Mass should introduce worshippers into the liturgy of heaven where, as Pope Francis recently remarked of the Eastern liturgy, ‘time does not count. The centre is God.’
“In short, this represents a decisive rejection of a reductionist and functionalist understanding of the liturgy.” Editorial Comment: Page 13
Eyewitness Miguel Cullen
TUCKED away from the bustle of Soho in the rush hour, members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham celebrated the Ordinariate Use for the first time last week, embellishing an order of Catholic Mass with Anglican elements. At the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, the censer burned continuously, the music had an Anglican touch and the unusual order of service made for more nervous genuflections than those of a young man on the brink of a marriage proposal.
The working party that established the new liturgy created eight appendices that differed from the Book of Divine Worship, which was issued in 1983 to allow Episcopalians to celebrate in their own way after they converted to Catholicism. These, to the untrained eye, took the form of a beautiful and complex ceremony, with no shortage of pomp and ceremonious bowing.
Speaking after the Mass, Eoghain Murphy, a cradle Catholic and Knight of the Order of Malta, told me he believed this version of the liturgy was “much more sacred in character – and with better music”.
Mgr Andrew Burnham said: “It’s more compilation than composition. We’ve created the atmosphere of the Anglican church within the Catholic rite. The rite itself took almost three years to finalise.”
He added: “There was a definitely a ‘trainspotters’ vibe to the congregation. They wanted to find out what form the changes to the Mass would take.”
Lord Nicholas Windsor: British intellectuals snooty about faith BY LAURA GOTTI TEDESCHI
THERE IS still a residual antiCatholic prejudice in the British establishment, Lord Nicholas Windsor has said.
During an interview with the global Catholic television network EWTN, the Queen’s cousin was asked if Catholics faced much hostility in Britain.
He said that though he “wouldn’t speak about real persecution” he was concerned about the way Catholics were sometimes treated, saying there was an “intellectual snootiness towards Catholics from the intelligentsia”.
He suggested that British intellectuals did not think Catholics should be taken seriously.
“Any argument you make – ethical or another – is taken as informed from one’s faith, not from reason,” he said.
He argued that there was a “bias” against Catholics just because they expressed positions on moral questions that might reflect the Church’s teaching. Lord Nicholas, who converted to Catholicism in 2001, said this had an impact on freedom of expression.
Lord Nicholas was interviewed alongside Lord Alton during a visit to the United States to promote the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, the famous school based on the Jesuit tradition in Lancashire.
The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, he is the first male blood member of the Royal family to become a Catholic since 1685, when Charles II converted to Catholicism on his deathbed.
According to the Act of Settlement of 1701, if a Royal becomes a Catholic or marries a Catholic they are no longer eligible to be the monarch.
Lord Nicholas forfeited his right of succession to the throne when he was received into the Catholic Church in 2001. Editorial Comment: Page 13
Pope sends gift to mugged pensioner BY STAFF REPORTER
POPE FRANCIS has sent €200 (£170) to a pensioner who had been mugged after she wrote to him.
The woman, who is from Venice and in her late 80s, had written to the Holy Father telling him that her purse, containing €54 (£45), had been stolen while she was on her way to visit her husband in hospital.
Last week a mysterious package arrived at the door of a local priest, Fr Gianni Antoniazzi. The envelope contained the seal of the Vatican Secretary of State and Fr Antoniazzi said he was “overwhelmed with emotion” when he read it.
A note signed by Pope Francis’s new alms master, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, asked the priest to deliver the “relevant amount to the lady in question” as a gift of His Holiness, who “offers her his apostolic blessing accompanied by desired aid and divine comfort for her and for her husband”.
Fr Antoniazzi said Pope Francis knew how to infuse people “with great hope”.
Actress Eva Mendes: I wanted to be a nun
BY STAFF REPORTER
ACTRESS Eva Mendes considered becoming a nun, she has revealed.
The American actress and model spoke about her childhood ambition in an interview with fashion website Net-aPorter.
Raised a Catholic in Los Angeles by Cuban parents, she said that she wanted to become a nun until she realised that nuns did not get paid.
She has said: “We didn’t grow up with a lot of money so I would always tell my mum: ‘Mommy I am going to buy you a big house when I grow up, and a car’.
“And my sister said to me one day when I was 10: ‘How are you going to buy mum all these things? You are going to be a nun and nuns don’t get paid’. I said: ‘What?’and that was it, my convent dreams were over.”
The 39-year-old, who has just launched a clothing line, also said she would have liked to have been an astro-
£10 from every Catholic newspaper reader could make this dream come true.
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