The question of the liturgy is dealt with in the Apostolic Constitution:
III. Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.
This is amazingly flexible and concerns both the present situation and a future situation. Presently, the rites presently permitted in the Roman Catholic Church’s Latin rite are the two uses, extraordinary and ordinary, of the Roman Rite, the Book of Divine Worship and other traditional liturgies that were covered by St Pius V’s Quo primum (at least 200 years older than 1570) and which would also be, by virtue of jurisprudence, be covered by Summorum Pontificium. The various Prayer Books and contemporary liturgical forms of the Anglican Communion are not presently covered.
Most of the Forward in Faith clergy in England are using the Novus Ordo “ordinary” Roman rite. They are probably doing so with much better taste than some Roman Catholic parishes! That would not change. Priests of Personal Ordinariates will be allowed to use either form of the Roman rite.
Now, there may be a revision of the Book of Divine Worship or a version of the Anglican Missal or English Missal approved by Rome. We have no idea. However, I do think that any specifically Anglican Use should be the Use of Sarum or a flexible liturgical “system” based on the said Sarum Use. Much as I respect and have esteem for baroque and some modern Roman aesthetic tendencies, I really do think we should be as English as possible.
I watched parts of the Anglican Use meeting yesterday and was highly interested in a question / comment from a TAC priest (see video # 3 from 19 minutes to 22 minutes 3 seconds) with a beard and a walking stick during the questions session. He said that he had heard about a working group under Roman auspices that had produced a "typical edition of the Sarum Use" as a replacement for the present BDW and to be adapted for various Anglican situations. This lovely and obviously warm-hearted priest was most tactful about the Anglican Use, and showed his joy that so much had been achieved by this rite (in spite of its datedness and imperfections). If this is true, this is exciting news.
It has always been my dream that one day, the Church would restore the Use of Sarum to its place of honour in the English Church and among Anglicans in other parts of the world. I could see the situation of the ancient Sarum Use being a kind of “normative” rite (or variation of the Roman rite) with the possibility of formulating pastoral variations and adaptions. One such adaptation could be the post-Reformation Prayer Books with corrections as may be required by Rome. The “standard” would be in Latin, and then there would be a Cranmer-style translation into English, possibly a modern style English translation and translations into other languages as needed by actual pastoral situations. Other variations (limited by the Roman authority) could include things like supplementing or replacing the priest’s private communion prayers with the familiar Prayer of Humble Access. Obviously, our Anglican Prayer Book Office (as already permitted in the Book of Divine Worship) is of such simple beauty that it should be kept and fostered – and perhaps also allowed in Latin as well as English and other vernacular languages.
This would be a "standard" that would be flexible in application, like the Novus Ordo was intended to be. Perhaps that flexibility could be carefully regulated by the Ordinary and the Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome in order to avoid the risk of abuses.
I am told some of the men in Rome read our blog. Please, Monsignor, pass these ideas onto the Congregation for Divine Worship. They might say “We’re working on it”. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see the fulfilment of a dream of more than 150 years!
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