Holy See Promulgates First Liturgical Texts for Ordinariates
July 3, 2012
The first liturgical texts approved for worldwide use by the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans have been promulgated by the Holy See.
The Order for Funerals and the Order for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony are to be used by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States and Canada; and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.
The new liturgies replace existing texts, including those from the Book of Divine Worship. Drawn from the classical Anglican prayer book tradition, the texts incorporate elements of the Anglican patrimony now in the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, noted, "This is an important moment in the development of our distinctive liturgical and ecclesial life. We saw the world stop to watch the Royal Wedding last year, now a very similar and beautiful liturgy is available for use in the Ordinariates of the Catholic Church - it is a great privilege for us to be part of that obvious working-out of practical, receptive ecumenism".
The liturgies were promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship on June 22, 2012, the feast day of the English saints of the Reformation, John Fisher and Thomas More. They will be implemented in accordance with local civil law requirements in the various nations, with immediate use in the United States and Canada.
"We welcome with gratitude these texts, which bring into Catholic liturgical life some of the most beloved and memorable texts in the Book of Common Prayer. These texts have blessed and comforted generations of English-speaking Christians and will be deeply appreciated in the Ordinariate communities," said Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.
The new texts were developed under the guidance of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP, who served until recently as the Secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship. Archbishop DiNoia, now the Vice President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, has been re-appointed as chair of the Holy See's Anglicanae traditiones Commission tasked with developing the new liturgical texts for the Personal Ordinariates. The Reverend Uwe Michael Lang, CO, who also just stepped down from a post with the Congregation for Divine Worship, will also continue his role in the development of the texts.
Video interviews with Monsignor Andrew Burnham: www.vimeo.com/UKOrdinariate
What is the Anglican Use Society?
Established at the end of 2003 by a group of interested laity and clergy, The Anglican Use Society is dedicated to:
Increase knowledge and understanding
of the personal Ordinariates erected under the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus, the Apostolic Constitution issued by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and support the Ordinaries in their mission of gathering Anglicans into communion with Holy See.
Increase knowledge and understanding
of the special Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul
II for the Anglican Usage of the Roman Rite (http://www.pastoralprovision.org).
(Now under the leadership of the Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann,
Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision
and Bishop of Ft. Worth)
Support existing Personal Parishes of
the Anglican Use, all Pastoral Provision
congregations, and to encourage the formation for
the Catholic Church of new common identity
congregations of the Anglican Use.
Encourage and support converts to the
Catholic Church geographically distant from an
Anglican Use congregation.
Maintain Anglican Use identity
through the daily use of The Book of Divine
Worship for personal prayer and through
fellowship and common prayer with like-minded
Catholics in close proximity to each other .
Promote the solidarity of Catholics
minded Anglicans wherever they may be found. Those
Anglicans who are not yet in full communion with
Mother Church are invited to join the Society as
Associate Members and to work together with this
apostolate to promote the unity of all Catholics
with the Holy See.
Joseph G. Blake
President of the Anglican Use Society