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New Order of Mass revealed at Rome conference
Friday 28th June 2013

This morning, the Ordinary gave a paper - written by Monsignor Andrew Burnham - on the development of the new Ordinariate Use, the liturgy approved by the Holy See for specific use in the Personal Ordinariates. The text of the lecture will be published in a forthcoming book from the conference.

Since Anglicanorum Cœtibus (2009) speaks of the Anglican 'liturgical books', we examine the Communion Order in Cranmer's Second Prayer Book as revealing his mind. The Reformed 'shape' continued to be problematic for High Churchmen and the attempt of the 'Interim Rite', the 1927/8 Deposited Book, and the Alternative Services 1966 to regain a Catholic Eucharistic 'shape' are examined. Eventually, in 1980 and 2 000, the Church of England reluctantly agrees to have two orders, one Cranmerian-Calvinist and the other ecumenical-Catholic. The 'liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions' referred to by Anglicanorum Cœtibus (2009) consist, therefore, not in an Order of Mass but in a treasury of resources. An example of which is the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham, with liturgical and spiritual material for the Divine Office. Hymn singing, catechesis through hymns, plainsong, the order for weddings and funerals, and the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, are further examples of patrimony. Before 1970 there was an 'Anglo-papalist' tradition, using the Roman Missal in translation, and even 'Prayer Book Catholics' made extensive use of the traditional Propers and Holy Week material. After Vatican II, English Anglo-catholics united round the common ground of the 1970 Sacramentary and the modern Anglican Eucharist. Anglicanæ traditiones, the Holy See's inter-dicasterial working group, looked at this modern English practice, and at the feasibility of introducing the pre-Reformation Sarum Use in translation, before deciding to base its work on the 1983 Book of Divine Worship, authorised for the Pastoral Provision 1980. This rite has now been revised and enriched by material from the Anglican Missal and English Missal, pre-conciliar resources used extensively by Anglo-catholics.

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