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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.
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.
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