Fr. William Holiday, pastor of Incarnation Catholic Church in Orlando, Florida, has written to his congregation to announce the coming into effect of the permanent order of the Anglican Use eucharistic liturgy — now to be called "Divine Worship" — and to explain the precise form it will take in the parish (there are a number of legitimate options to suit pastoral sensibilities).
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As most of you are aware, I recently attended a clergy conference. This conference was centered around both the spiritual and practical aspects of the liturgy that has been promulgated for use in the Ordinariates around the world. The inauguration for this liturgy, officially designated as Divine Worship, will occur on Advent Sunday (Dec. 01). There are some elements that have changed that will be very familiar to folks that have been here a while, i.e., prior to our Reception into the Catholic Church. There are other elements that will be very familiar to those who have entered our congregation from Diocesan parishes since our reception. Given our human nature, any change is looked upon suspiciously, and with a wary eye. To alleviate the angst that accompanies change, I wanted to take this opportunity to point out the significant adjustments that have been made to our transitional liturgy (the one currently in use). I will only identify points that directly effect your participation, e.g., responses, postures, etc., and will touch briefly when necessary on the rationale for the change. If you desire, I have a copy of all of the changes that goes into greater detail, but for most it is definitely in the TMI realm. I will be happy to provide you a copy if you so desire, just get with me. I will also be more than happy to sit down and discuss the matter in as much detail as you desire. So, below is a point by point list of the significant adjustments for those who are interested.
Opening Acclamation: “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.” Changed from the “Blessed be God….”
Decalogue: Now numbered as in the Roman Rite
Kyrie: Now six fold in said Masses, and we will be making a move toward the more traditional (both Catholic and Anglican) by reciting the Kyrie in the original Greek. So, after the Decalogue or the Summary of the Law, the form will be:
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison. Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison.
The Peace: Moved from its current position after the “Comfortable Words” to its traditional place after the Lord's Prayer. The current practice of not communally sharing the Peace, i.e., shaking hands, will be maintained.
Orate Fratres: Currently when we hear “Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice…” we are standing, and when we hear, “May the Lord receive this sacrifice…” we kneel. In the new liturgy the people are to remain standing until the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy) after which all bow until, “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.” is said, after which all kneel.
Posture during the Lord's Prayer: All stand. This is quite different for us, but if you take into consideration that out bodily posture should reflect the words of the liturgy, we have just said “…we are bold to say…” Kneeling is not a posture of boldness, and we are speaking these words boldly as the Body of Christ.
The Lord's Prayer: “..for Thine is the kingdom and the power…” will no longer be recited as a continuity of the Lord's Prayer. In the new form, that is more consistent with traditional practice, we will now stop at “deliver us from evil”. This will be followed by the priest saying what is termed the embolism. This is the prayer I have been reciting after the Lord's Prayer for a few weeks now. i.e., “Deliver us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, from all evils…”. At the concluding words of this prayer, “…free from sin and safe from all distress.” The people will respond, “For Thine is the kingdom and the power…”
A note regarding the Lord's Prayer; from Advent I this prayer will be sung during all sung Masses.
Prayer of Humble Access: Our traditional wording that was removed in the transitional liturgy, has been restored in the new. “Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His body, and our souls washed through His most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.
Thanksgiving after Communion: Another point at which our traditional rendering was restored. “…and are also heirs, through hope, of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and passion of Thy dear Son. And we humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father…” It should also be noted that, “Let us pray.”, will not be used before the Thanksgiving.
Post Communion Collect: Another return to the “old days” is the reestablishment of the Post Communion Collect. This prayer will be recited by the priest after the Thanksgiving, and prefaced by, “The Lord be with you. Let us pray.”
Beginning with the initiation of this new liturgical form on Advent I incense will be used at all Sung Masses.
I will not burden you with the several adjustments made to other parts of the Mass, as they do not require a response from the congregation. Additionally, we are endeavoring to obtain a new pew missal for ease of transition.
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