So how do we find the perfect balance? A way to ensure we maintain our distinctive charism whilst also contributing to mainstream Catholic life? During our most recent gathering as priests around our Ordinary at Allen Hall this theme was discussed. There our liturgist, Monsignor Andrew Burnham., stressed the importance of our eventually adopting the special Ordinariate Rite being put together at this time.
Unfortunately It will not arrive for a good while yet as it is currently being thrashed about in Vatican circles. But as we wait we are asked to consider adopting the ’Book of Divine Worship’ approved by the Holy See for interim use. We might suppose that this Rite, which uses the main Roman Canon but with Book of Common Prayer material and language- is a reasonable indicator of what will later arrive.
Smaller Ordinariate groups may find it is simply not practical to adopt it at all, save on special occasions. For them bringing small customs to the current Roman Rite will suffice- such as Eastward celebration or the use of traditional hymnody. Alongside a larger diocesan presence they will witness to Anglican heritage in a subtle but important manner.
Meanwhile larger groups will clearly have a responsibility to deliver the liturgy that best reflects our Anglican patrimony. Not in such a way as to alienate cradle Catholics of course. Nor so as to distance us from the normative Roman Rite. And again this is where the sensitive balancing act comes in…
I love this! I do hope they get permission to use something better than the 1979 American Prayer Book prayers in the present BDW. We got permission in Canada to substitute our 1962 Book of Common Prayer for those places in the BDW where the 1979 prayers were put in as is. We also have the Old English translation of the Roman Canon.