I wrote an article on this blog on the eastward position a few weeks ago. The eastward position characterised the usage of all mainstream western Catholicism until the mid twentieth century. It symbolises the eschatological dimension of Christian worship, turned more to the worship of God in his transcendence more than to the communion of the worshipping community. It should be added that the second dimension mentioned here is legitimate, but of secondary importance to the worship of God in the sacramental Mystery.
When recommending the blog Vitrearum’s Church Art on English medieval liturgical art, I discovered two images of post-Reformation modifications of churches to express the Protestant conception of the Eucharist, a communion, a meal shared between the members of a spiritual family. The present-day issue of Mass facing the people is related, and liturgical scholars have discovered its fallacious basis. Pictures speak a thousand words!
It is our duty to be honest with those authorities of the Roman Catholic Church who know Anglicanism little, and imagine that the Catholic revival represents the totality. It does not. Hard Protestantism survived in some corners of the English Church just as Catholicism survived in other parts. It does remain that Tractarianism and Ritualism influenced the middle-of-the-road.
We in the TAC have made clear choices in favour of the Catholic patrimony that survived in the Church of England or what was restored in our own times.
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