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‘Ordinariate Use’ Mass text to debut in October

Catholic World News - September 24, 2013

With the approval of the Holy See, the Ordinariate Use – a text of the Mass that incorporates language from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer into the Roman Rite – will make its debut on October 10.

“The new text has been devised for use by Ordinariates throughout the English-speaking world as a way of putting into practice Pope Benedict XVI’s vision of allowing former Anglicans who wish to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church to do so whilst retaining aspects of their spiritual and liturgical traditions,” according to the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

“For some time, the Ordinariate has had its own liturgy, approved by the Holy See, for marriages and funerals and the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham already provides a daily office in the Anglican tradition,” said Msgr. Andrew Burnham. “But the introduction of this new Ordinariate Use is very important because it means that we now have our own distinctive liturgy for the Mass which brings to the Roman rite beautiful Anglican words which have been hallowed for generations. It gives the Ordinariate unity and a corporate identity.”

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Sep. 24, 2013 7:55 PM ET USA

    This could be quite a positive development over time. The poetic grace of the literary tradition in which Anglican liturgy was formed is impossible to beat. The English-language Roman Rite could pick up a much-needed addition of beauty and gravitas if bits of this Ordinariate Use seep into it.

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