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Liturgical changes in the Ordinariate Use - a guide for diocesan Catholics

posted Nov 25, 2013, 8:18 AM by Rochester Ordinariate
Diocesan Roman Catholics will remember the liturgical changes that went into effect in the third edition of the Roman missal on the first Sunday of advent, 2011.

These changes were primarily intended to give a more faithful English translation of the Latin prayers of the 1969 edition of the Roman missal "Novus Ordo".

At the time - and even a couple of years on - these changes in the translation were not made without friction.  Indeed, the diocese of Rochester's Bishop elect, Bishop Matano, had this to say at the 2012 USCCB fall meeting:

"...I do think it is a bit counter-productive to go back in time and give a critique of the new Roman Missal, when so many of us are doing everything possible to nurture support for the new Missal, and to create a unity in our dioceses, particularly with our presbyterates, many presbyterates, which have been supportive, and are working very hard with their people to elevate and to communicate again the awesome and the transcendent nature of the liturgy.
...I think we really do have to accept, this is the third edition, work very hard to support it, and encourage it, and encourage our priests prior to the celebration of Holy Mass to read the orations, try to look ahead and prepare yourself for the Mass, and be able to pray them, as they can be prayed, in a very beautiful manner."

We are hopefully now used to, if not entirely comfortable with talk about chalices, dew-fall, consubstantial Christology, and even ineffable mysteries.

Once again we come to the beginning of the liturgical year, and once again, a new set of liturgical changes are coming into force.  Not again, you say?  Calm yourself, I do not speak about more changes in the Novus Ordo of the mass, nor in the Vetus Ordo (adopting the terminology of Pope Francis), but rather (once again stealing a Francisism), a different sensibility

The sensibility of which I speak is the Sensibilita Anglicana, or the approved liturgical form for the Ordinariates.  We at the Fellowship of St. Alban - being the avant-guard of this Use in the great state of New York - have recently celebrated our first anniversary.  During the past several years, a liturgical commission has been working to renovate the so-called "Anglican Use", the third Vatican approved form of the Roman rite.

Those of us who celebrate the Ordinariate Use every week can forget that most of our Roman Catholic neighbors have no idea what the Ordinariate is, or if they do know, do not necessarily understand our nature.  Consequently, we wish to advertise a special instructional mass this coming Sunday - Advent I - to introduce the newly approved, and in force, liturgical Use for all Ordinariate congregations in the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia.  If you have a special interest in Catholic liturgy, have a love of the historical English cultural and musical tradition, wish to learn more about the Ordinariate and our group, or are just curious about what the Vatican's congregation of Divine Worship has been spending its time on these days, this is a good opportunity to visit the Fellowship of St. Alban.

To give a sneak peak, some of the features of this use are as follows:

  • Ad Orientem celebration of the mass.
  • Restoration of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
  • Rite of Ritual Sprinkling
  • Classic forms of beloved English prayers
  • Restored Vetus Ordo offertory prayers
  • Mandatory use of the Roman Canon for Sundays and solemnities
  • Restoration of the Last Gospel
  • All in beautiful, traditional English (with some exceptions in beautiful, traditional Latin)

As can be seen in this abbreviated summary, the liturgical commission has restored the best of the Latin and English liturgical tradition.  As such, it is a great leap forward in Pope emeritus Benedict XVI's wish for a New Liturgical Movement, and a reform of the post-conciliar reform.

The instructed mass will be held at 3pm, Sunday, December 1, in Good Shepherd Catholic church in Henrietta, NY.

Come for the beauty and reverence, stay for the fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church!