Mgr Lopes has just spoken of the "Ordinariates, born from the rich Patrimony of English Catholicism". I think many of us will thank him for the understanding way he speaks unambiguously of our background as "English Catholicism". No hesitant or disdainful circumlocutions! I imagine his studies in the tradition of the English Missal have enabled him to understand this.
The Mass of OL of Walsingham, quintessentially the product of "English Catholicism" (Fr Henry Joy Fynes Clinton being the chief midwife) will, I hope, be much used within our Ordinariates. As well as serving for September 24, it can of course be used as a Votive when not impeded by the rubrics. In the Ordinariate Missal, votives are lawful, at public Masses and pastorally for the good of the people, on weekdays and even on compulsory memorials in Advent. So you could use this superb Mass for the edification of your people and in order to foster their sense of Ordinariate identity quite often ... even during the first eighteen days of Advent.
(By the way: if you want to be using the 'traditional' options, where options are provided, use the first choice you are offered.)
25 November 2015
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Is "the Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham" the title of the Eucharistic liturgy the Ordinariates are going to be using from this point forward? Thanks!
Is Communion in both Kinds normative for Ordinariate use, and is a method for such preferred or mandatory? Thanks.
I enjoy and am often edified by your blog, Father, and I welcomed and welcome the ordinariates, but as an English Catholic I'm by no means grateful when Mgr. Lopes, or anyone else, speaks in such a way. The true patrimony of English Catholicism is the Church of the middle ages and of penal times, not this "Anglican" sham.
Gosh has Mgr Lopez not read the definitive judgement on Protestant orders?
The entire liturgy is called Divine Worship. The missal will be officially put into use on the first Sunday of Advent, i..e. this Sunday. The customary, which has much of the office, has been out for some time now. I expect a full office book is in the works.
It is perhaps fortuitous that Mgr Lopes is of Portuguese descent. Portugal, after all, is England's "oldest ally," and As Cinco Chagas do Senhor (the Five Wounds of the Lord) remain something of a national devotion in Portugal, celebrated annually as a Double of the Second Class on 7 February.
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