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View from the Pew: Report from liturgy conference
Thursday 6th December 2012

Ordinariate member David Murphy gives his 'view from the pew' during last Saturday's Solemn Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship in Germany:

For most of our small far-flung community of Ordinariate expats, the Solemn Mass in Herzogenrath, Germany, on 1 December 2012 was our first "live" experience of the Book of Divine Worship.

Mgr Newton celebrated the Mass, supported by Fr James Bradley as deacon and Fr Daniel Lloyd as subdeacon, on the last day of the 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference.

Until very recently the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has almost exclusively been identified liturgically with the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, whereas the US and Australian Ordinariates tend to use Rite 1 of the Book of Divine Worship, which is a more typically Anglican form of the Mass, as adapted from the Book of Common Prayer and the English Missal tradition.

After the second Vatican Council most Anglo-Catholic parishes in the UK adopted the new vernacular form of the Roman Rite in order to identify more closely with the wider Church and thus underline their argument of 'catholicity' for Anglicanism.

With the advent of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and the foundation of Personal Ordinariates, the logic in choosing a liturgical form is now very different: the task which the Holy Father has given Ordinariate Catholics is to bring the riches of Anglican liturgy into the wider Church.

And so it was good to experience the proclamation of the Two Commandments before the Penitential Rite, the Gospel chanted from the middle of the nave, the Prayer of Intercession spoken by the priest at the altar, the Comfortable Words, the Peace before the offertory, the Prayer of Humble Access, the Prayer of Thanksgiving after Communion, and - perhaps most significantly - a Mass celebrated in the beautiful vernacular language of the Book of Common Prayer. And indeed it was all of these elements which the German Catholic participants at the Liturgical Conference, who had no experience of the Anglican Use, themselves immediately recognized as an enrichment for the Church at large. The organiser indeed said as much at the end of the conference.

This was a truly holy and exceptionally beautiful Mass, and it felt so right to use these so familiar forms of prayer from my youth within an unequivocally Catholic context.
Ordinary attends Cologne Liturgical Conference

04 December 2012

This past weekend the Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, celebrated a Solemn Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship at the close of the 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference in Herzogenrath, Germany.

Mgr Newton was a guest of the conference and also gave an introductory talk about the development of the Personal Ordinariate in the UK to the 100 or so delegates.

A Votive Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham was celebrated on Saturday accompanied by Missa O Quam Gloriosum by the Spanish composer, Victoria, and the Gregorian plainchant of the Roman Rite.


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