Saturday, July 30, 2011

Things anglo-catholicism/the ordinariates, the legit liturgical movement and Pope Benedict’s Catholic revival have in common
Interesting since a big part of anglo-catholicism I like, still very true in its surviving Continuing parts in the United States (though ironically they were always far less Roman Catholic-minded than the British now in the ordinariate), is it imitates 19th-century Roman Catholic practice, which arguably the liturgical movement was reacting against/trying to improve. (The Brits have long done modern practice.)
  • It’s the Mass that matters. Pointing out the doctrine that the Mass outweighs devotions came naturally to a movement fighting a Protestant tradition of quarterly Communion and ‘Solemn High Morning Prayer’ (with ‘the elevation of the collection plate’) as the main service, not to mention at least quasi-doctrine (Articles, ‘Black Rubric’) denying the Sacrifice and Presence themselves. (An orthodox AC thought that despite everything his church was really the same as the RCC and tried to make it so.) Some mainliners call themselves AC because they now have weekly Communion and chasubles left over from ACism.
  • A tradition of the office for everyman. Not uniquely Anglican: 19th-century Roman Catholic parishes retained Sunday Vespers, something that died out by mid-20th century thanks to radio and TV. Also not universally liked: English farmers and townfolk didn’t like losing the Mass in the 1500s and being talked at for long stretches in university English. But in the Evensong tradition it’s there.
  • The vernacular and congregational responses, arguably from the Protestant Prayer Book but of course not bad in themselves. BTW interestingly next to nobody in the Catholic legit liturgical movement was pushing for all-vernacular and as recently as the mid-’60s churchmen still laughed at the idea.
The lowercase means the general tradition, also called patrimony, not necessary Anglican, which would be capital A and C.

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