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Mgr Burnham on the Ordinariate Missal
Friday 30th May 2014

Monsignor Andrew Burnham, Assistant to the Ordinary and the Ordinariate's in-house expert on the liturgy, has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the Ordinariate Missal, which is currently being compiled.

Writing in the June edition of The Portal magazine, Mgr Burnham - who is on the liturgical commission set up by the Holy See to devise the texts for use by the ordinariates - says the largest task with the Missal has been the editing of the Propers, since there are so many of them, for every day and for every occasion. Because of this, he says, the Missal – which is likely to be published before the end of the year - will be well over a thousand pages.

Mgr Burnham writes: "A marvellous feature of the Missal is that it preserves the Prayer Book collects and something of the logic of the Prayer Book seasons - Time after Epiphany, the '-gesima' Sundays, the Pentecost Octave, Time after Trinity. All of this reflects not only the inherited Sarum Use of England but also that of the Latin Church from earliest times. The Prayer Book not having Prayers over the Offerings or variable Prayers after Communion, the Ordinariate Missal has drawn these from the translations of Latin originals offered variously by the English Missal and Anglican Missal. There has been a similar policy with regard to the Collects for the very many 'black letter days', for which the Prayer Book makes no provision".

Discussing the Ordinariate Order of Mass, which is already in use, Mgr Burnham writes: "It is good that there is a distinct Ordinariate Order of Mass, that it is in the sacral language of the Prayer Book and that, though it will not be useable in many pastoral contexts, there will be some in which it is entirely right. It is, and will be, a milestone in the journey of western liturgy and, like the other material incorporated into the Roman Rite through the Ordinariates, it will be very influential in the future evolution of the Roman Rite as it is expressed in English".

To read the full article, go to pages 20 and 21 of the June edition of The Portal. Click here

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