Monday 27th October 2014
The"Ordinariate Use" text for the Mass, which includes centuries' old Anglican prayers, is one of the most obvious aspects of "Anglican patrimony" with which the Ordinariate enriches the wider Catholic Church. This liturgy was devised especially for the ordinariates by a commission set up by the Holy See and was approved by Rome last year. Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is now being celebrated regularly by a number of Ordinariate groups across the country.
We warmly invite anyone who is interested in finding out more about this aspect of the Anglican patrimony to come along to one of these "Ordinariate Use" Masses and see how the beautiful words of Thomas Cranmer from the Book of Common Prayer have been integrated into the Roman Rite. (Please note that the Ordinariate Use Mass is as much a Catholic Mass as any other, so that any Catholic who attends one of these Masses - whether or not he or she belongs to the Ordinariate - obviously thereby fulfils his/her normal Sunday obligation.)
The cartoon to the right, which was first published in the Catholic Herald and is reproduced here by kind permission of the paper's editor and the artist, Christian Adams, depicts Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry Vlll, passing the Catholic church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street (the Ordinariate's central church) and looking, with some bewilderment, at the sign advertising: "New Mass: words by T. Cranmer".
Another beautiful element of patrimony which, because of the Ordinariate, is now widely available in the Catholic Church, is the traditional Anglican celebration of Evening Prayer, or Evensong. Some Ordinariate groups celebrate Evensong as a self-standing service; others combine it with Benediction. Again, we warmly invite anyone, whether Catholic or otherwise, to seek out one of these services and join us.
The list below is intended as a quick guide to when and where it is currently possible to participate in an Ordinariate Use Mass and which groups celebrate Evensong regularly. To find out more about the local Ordinariate groups and how they can be contacted please visit our individual groups pages here.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated every Tuesday at 7.30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary,Blackfen, except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month when the Mass is at the Claver Convent, Shortlands.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Camp Road
Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2EN.
Evensong is celebrated bi-monthly with Benediction. For details of when and where contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass is celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use every Saturday at 4.15pm (the first Mass of Sunday).St Richard's Catholic Church
Cawley Road, Chichester, PO19 1XB
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm at the Catholic Church of St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell PL25 4RA.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use (offered for the unity of the Church) every Thursday at 7.00pm at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 1 de Montfort Way, Canley, Coventry CV4 7DU.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use every Sunday at 7.00am and 4.30pm and every Wednesday and Friday at 7.30am at St Mary's Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon CRO 2AR.
Choral Solemn Evensong & Benediction are celebrated four times a year – at Candlemas, Pentecost, during August and for the Feastof Christ the King, at Saint Osmund's Catholic Church in Gainford, DL2 3DZ. For full details see the Darlington group page here
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is usually celebrated every Saturday at 9.00am and on the third Thursday of each month at 6.30pm at St John's Church, Mongeham CT14 9LD.
Evensong and Benediction are usually celebrated (also at St John's) every Sunday at 6.00pm.
Full details and any changes to the normal schedule are on the Deal group page of the Ordinariate website here
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is normally celebrated every Thursday at 7.30pm at the Church of The Assumption, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0HA
Evensong and Benediction are celebrated every Sunday at 6pm (also at the Assumption).
Please check in case of any changes to the normal schedule with Fr John Corbyn. email@example.com
Isle of Wight and Portsmouth
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at St Mary's Catholic Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2RG every Sunday at 9.00am and at St Agatha's Church, Market Way, Portsmouth PO1 4AD every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use every Sunday at 10.30am at the Ordinariate's central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ
Evensong is celebrated every Thursday at 6.30pm at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, London, SE1, a parish in the care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at St Joseph's, Mary St, Heywood, OL10 1EG on Sundays at 11am and on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Also at The Old Coach House, 3a Bostock Road, Broadbottom, Cheshire, SK14 6AH at 6.30pm on the 4th Sunday of the Month.
Evensong at St Joseph's, Mary St, Heywood, OL10 1EG at 4.00pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at 6.30pm on Thursdays and at 6.00pm on Saturdays (usuallythe First Mass of Sunday though occasionally a celebration of a Saturday feast) at Holy Rood Church, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4LD
Sung Evensong and Benediction once a term at Blackfriars St Giles OX1 3LY.
For details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Choral Evensong with Benediction on the second Sunday of every month at 6.00 pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Fotherby Crescent, Salisbury, SP1 3EG
All Ordinariate Masses in Scotland are celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use.
Inverness: 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month – 11am in St Peter & St Boniface RC Church, Cathedral Square, Fortrose IV10 8TB (NOTE: this location will soon be changing. Please check by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org)
Edinburgh: 2nd Sunday of each month – 11.30am in St Columba's Church, 9 Upper Gray Street, Edinburgh EH9 1SN
Stirling: 2nd Sunday of each month – 4pm in Holy Spirit Church, 1 McGrigor Road, Stirling FK7 9BL
Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated on the last Monday of each month at the Parish Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spring Water Avenue, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield. S12 4HJ. There are also plans for regular Evensong on Sundays. Watch this space!
Evensong and Benediction every Sunday at 6.30pm Saint Anselm's Church,Lower Green Road, Pembury,Kent, TN2 4DZ. From January 2015 the 9.00am Mass on Saturdays will be celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use.
Wales South East
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use once a month, currently on a weekday evening, 6.30pm, Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David, Cardiff. This Mass will move to the fourth Sunday of each month at 1pm, as of 30 November. The Mass is normally followed by a social get-together. Please check that the time has not changed before setting out, by contacting: email@example.com