Thursday, June 02, 2011

First Anglican Use Experience

Yesterday evening I attended my first Anglican Use liturgy for the Vigil of the Ascension with some friends who just moved back into the area. My first reaction was that this liturgy is absolutely recognizable as being within the Roman liturgical tradition. There were a few differences of course. For instance the readings were read (I have come to hate the word 'proclaimed') facing the congregation and the Gospel was read by the priest in the middle of the nave. They used the "Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again" thing that was inserted in our English Novus Ordo Masses.

One thing I liked was that instead of a Responsorial Psalm in place of the Gradual, they sang an entire Psalm. (Huzzah for Coverdale!) The choir did the singing but the congregation was allowed to sing along. Having a Responsorial Psalm in some way makes the congregation sing their part, rather than allowing them to participate as the Anglican Use liturgy does. The Novus Ordo forces them to. You may participate -vs- You will participate. At least this was my impression of that part of the liturgy.

The people were friendly and there seems to be a good zeal for evangelism at the parish. This was a good experience and I look forward to returning.

4 comments:

Mark of the Vineyard said...

What exactly constitues an Anglican Use? Is there more than one kind?

Matt said...

Hi Mark,

The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite is made of groups of Anglicans who have come into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Their current liturgy is based on the Book of Common Prayer with "fixed" parts that adhere to the Catholic Church.

You may have heard of Anglican Ordinariates, the Anglican Use will be a part of that and in fact is the precursor to it.

Shazamaholic said...

Here is a link that contains the text of various Liturgies (Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox), including the Anglican Use. By the way, there are rumors the current Anglican Use may not be the final form for the English Ordinariates... it may be closer to the Sarum Liturgy (also on that link) which is an English language Liturgy that dates back prior to the protestant revolt of Henry VIII.

Rich said...

When I went to dental school, I was a parishioner at an Anglican Use parish (Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, TX). Every Sunday, I stepped into Heaven for about an hour.......

Now I go to the local parish where my family lives. It's not quite.....em......the same.

i've often fantasized that everyone in the English-speaking world is instantly transported to an AU parish like Our Lady of the Atonement and experienced a High Mass. You can argue all you want about this or that liturgical innovation, but when you SEE beautiful liturgy, the scales fall from your eyes. You immediately go home and start seeing the ugliness in your own parish's approach to modern liturgy.

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