If Bishop Frere was not quite One of Us, Dom Gregory Dix certainly was. In 1942, he wrote:
"Anyone who has seen the golden dove above the altar of the choir at Amiens or the veiled pyx hanging in the Lady Chapel of the massive new conventual church at Mirfield will remember how it seems to dominate the whole space of the building, and how the sense of the sacramental presence seems to radiate out from it upon the very soul of the beholder. (To me personally this has always seemed by far the most poetic and striking of all methods of reservation and ... surely the most worthy. ... there is hardly a book of devotions or instruction for layfolk from the England of the 13th and 14th centuries which does not reveal the effect of the practice upon private devotion. Lydgate may stand for the rest: 'When thou comest to the holy place--cast holy water in thy face--Then look to the high altar--and pray to Him that hangeth there'."
I would add one of the 'Articles' of the West Country 'Prayer Book Rebels' of 1549 ... put forth within weeks of the Hanging Pyxes being brought down:
"We will have the sacrament to hang over the high altar and there to be worshipped, as it was wont to be; and they which will not thereto consent, we will have them die like heretics against the holy catholic faith."
Do you feel tempted to say Amen to that? In fact, within a decade Altar Tabernacles began to appear in some English churches.
Dear heroic Prayer Book Rebels! Many of them were themselves soon to die in the genocide unleashed upon them by the foreign mercenaries of the Tudor regime.
Can anyone doubt that they have their reward?