Request for Information on "Ad Experimentum" Rite at OLW

High altar at Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas.
High altar at Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas.

Earlier today, the following message was posted to the Anglican Use Mailing List:

There was quite a surprise at OLW this morning: a new Order of Mass. I'll highlight changes that I recall. Hopefully others will chime in & comment.

1. The introduction is now "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".

2. Penitential Rite A is gone (at least in our OLW pew Missal.)

3. The Peace is moved to after the Lord's Prayer. I think Father asked that we dispense with recess & proceed with the liturgy. I hope that's what I heard. I think all the carryings on in the typical Roman Rite are an annoying interruption. Old habits are hard to break: there
was still, though abbreviated, shaking of hands.

4. All the jarring uses of contemporary language, such as in the Offertory, have been replaced. I have never liked the N.O. Offertory & may now come to terms with it.

5. Standing & kneeling rubrics conform to the typical Roman Rite. Honestly I prefer what we had, but my knees didn't. I didn't hobble out of church today.

6. There was curious attention given to speeding up "Lord have Mercy" response in The Prayers of the People. I suspect this is just Father's preference and I like it.

7. The Prayer of Humble Access has been restored to its traditional form as has the Prayer of Thanksgiving.

8. The embolism has been added between the Lord's Prayer and Doxology.

9. The responses to The Mystery of Faith conform to "our language".

10. There's a traditional translation of EP2 that fortunately has the specific restriction that it may not be used on Sundays or HDOs. As lovely as it has been rewritten I'd prefer it not be available.

Before Mass Father spoke briefly about the changes. I could not clearly hear all he said. I think he said that OLW is one of a few parishes who will use this Order as an evaluation before a final Order is published to be used in all Ordinariate parishes. I hope someone can clarify.

With the exception of moving the Peace & the Alternate Eucharistic Prayer I find myself very encouraged. A better alternative would have been Mr. Burt's proposed Anglican Canon. But that would not have been shorter & shorter appears to have been the objective.

Ray Elliott

Anyone with additional information is requested to post it in the comment box. The significant alterations to the Book of Divine Worship (or perhaps "house") eucharistic liturgy at Our Lady of Walsingham today rehearsed seem to echo recent reports of forthcoming changes in the Ordinariate Liturgy, at least in some respects, but Mr. Elliott's description of the Mass is silent with regard to other anticipated re-introductions or modifications in the ad experimentum rite.

Our Lady of Walsingham (Houston, Texas) is the Principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter which jurisdiction was established in North America under the auspices of Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

13 thoughts on “Request for Information on "Ad Experimentum" Rite at OLW”

  1. Commenter Invicta Veritas via email has noted with respect to my terming this OLW liturgy as "ad experimentum:"

    "I agree with your reasoning, and cannot give a comprehensible response to your question. "Ad experimentum" would seem to imply, at least, a solicitation of feedback on the response/reactions to it, but AFAIK no such feedback has been requested."

    From my sources, I can concur: no feedback seems to have been requested. Still this sort of "limited release" liturgy has the hallmarks of a focus group or trial balloon. Weird. Consilium déjà vu?

  2. This new Order of Mass is also being tested at St. Mary the Virgin in Arlington, Texas. Personally, I find most of the changes appealing. In particular it's encouraging that the Prayer of Humble Access and Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion have been restored to their original Prayer Book forms. It's likewise nice to see the portions borrowed from the Ordinary Form of the Roman Use converted into our hieratic English (the Offertory and responses to "The Mystery of Faith.") It would have been better had they replaced the Offertory with that from the Extraordinary Form, but I'll take it.

    There are a couple of changes which really infuriate me, however. One is standing for the Lord's Prayer. Kneeling is the universal Anglican custom, and only appropriate seeing as the Blessed Sacrament is on the Altar. As in the Ordinary Form it also makes for much confusion having to get up and then back down for the Agnus Dei. To my knowledge this change is obligatory. Another is the removal of the Peace to the Communion Rite. I know some dislike its placement in the middle, but to me it's always seemed the perfect point of division between the Mass of the Catechumens and the Mass of the Faithful. At the very least I think they should have left its placement in either place optional, as it is in the current Book of Divine Worship. The last is the Dismissal. The only option now is "Go forth in peace." They could have at least included "The Mass is ended," especially considering so many of the changes are intended to bring the Order into more conformity with the Roman Use.

      1. I'm working on an exhaustive compendium of the changes, which I can send to you, along with scans of the Pew Booklets we were given.

  3. The two things I found problematic in the Roman liturgy was the placement of the peace (It does disrupt the flow of the liturgy and often turns into a back patting hoo-haw, whether intended or not) and standing during the Lord's Prayer, which is, after all, a prayer of petition. I will not even comment on the holding hands elevated and weaving back and forth.
    When we ask God for something the proper position is on our knees. If possible. 😉
    There is also standing during the "Agnus Dei". A combination of kneeling and hitting your hand against your breast would seen to tie posture to words and would work BETTER!
    "Continuity" is fine. It is not always better.

  4. I had a partial look at this liturgy on the booklet provided by St John the Evangelist's in Calgary, that was online for a short while. It is notable that many of its additions, such as the embolism in the Lord's prayer, are directly taken from Percy Dearmer's "A Prayerbook revisited"… This is clearly patrimonial.
    As to EP II, I understand it was needed at daily Masses. As it is originally an Egyptian anaphora, its inclusion in the Ango-Catholic liturgy participates in the liturgical communication between East and West that existed during the first millienium and was fortunately restored by the Second Council of the Vatican.
    + pax et bonum

    1. "As to EP II, I understand it was needed at daily Masses. As it is originally an Egyptian anaphora, its inclusion in the Ango-Catholic liturgy participates in the liturgical communication between East and West that existed during the first millienium and was fortunately restored by the Second Council of the Vatican."

      The theory that EP II (or the anaphora found in the Verona Palimpsest as part of the "Apostolic Tradition" of Hippolytus of Rome) is of Egyptian/Alexandrian origin is but one of many theories of its origin, as is the theory that it represents the "traditional" practice of the Roman Church in the last quarter of the Second Century. Then, too, there is no reason to believe, and many reasons to doubt, that this anaphora, in the form in which it is found in that Verona document of ca. 420 AD, has not been "updated" to serve the interests of whatever group recorded it at that time. Otherwise, that anaphora survived only in Ethiopia in an expanded and revised form by the (non-Chalcedonian) Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

      It is sad, IMO, that a prayer of such uncertain authenticity and provenance, was thrust into the Roman Rite as "reformed" in 1969, and a pity, also, that at the last moment its intendedly one invariable preface was allowed to be substituted with other prefaces, thereby losing a portion of the substance of that prayer.

  5. I prefer the previous rubrics of standing & kneeling. But one thing I have noticed over my years at OLW is the number of visitors who wander in and then have a concerned look is if worried they are not really in a Catholic church. Same with the Peace. Perhaps these changes will assure visitors that they are in the right place. And when I go to a NO Mass I won't be kneeling at the wrong time!

    I'm fine with the Peace in the Communion if the congregation doesn't break into recess. I spend a lot of time in SE Asia & the custom there is a very quick bow or wai to one's neighbor. Hugs & handshakes across 3 pews are out of place.

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