From the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:
will be made in the Catholic Church on Thursday 10 October when a new
text for the Mass which includes traditional Anglican words is
officially introduced in London.
The new text has been devised for use by Ordinariates throughout the
English-speaking world as a way of putting into practice Pope Benedict
XVI’s vision of allowing former Anglicans who wish to enter the full
communion of the Catholic Church to do so whilst retaining aspects of
their spiritual and liturgical traditions. Benedict XVI described these
as “precious gifts” and “treasures to be shared”.
The new liturgy — the work of a special commission established by Rome
and now approved by the Holy See — includes material from the Anglican
Book of Common Prayer (1662) as well as the Roman Rite. It will be
unveiled with a Mass followed by a media launch at the Church of Our
Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, Soho.
The Mass will be celebrated by the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our
Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, and the preacher will be
Monsignor Andrew Burnham, Assistant to the Ordinary and a member of the
commission which devised the Use. Music, drawn entirely from the English
tradition, will include pieces by Howells, Elgar, and Bairstow.
Mgr Burnham said: “For some time, the Ordinariate has had its own
liturgy, approved by the Holy See, for marriages and funerals and the
Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham already provides a daily office in
the Anglican tradition. But the introduction of this new Ordinariate Use
is very important because it means that we now have our own distinctive
liturgy for the Mass which brings to the Roman rite beautiful Anglican
words which have been hallowed for generations. It gives the Ordinariate
unity and a corporate identity.”
The Roman Rite in both its ordinary and extraordinary forms remains
available for use by Ordinariate priests and there will be no
requirement for them to adopt the Ordinariate Use. However, all
Ordinariate clergy will be expected to familiarise themselves with it.
Some priests are expected to use it regularly, while others – especially
in parishes with a large concentration of “cradle” Catholics in the
congregation – may only wish to use it from time to time.
The Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of the Assumption & St
Gregory’s Church at 6.30pm on Thursday 10 October. All welcome.