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Every English Mass Should Be Like the Anglican Ordinariate’s

August 27th, 2015, Promulgated by Bernie

From Heroic Virtue Creations Blog

OurLadyOfWalsinghamChurchWe traveled to Houston this weekend and went to Holy Mass at Our Lady of Walsingham, a church in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.I was delighted when Pope Emeritus Benedict established the Anglican Ordinariate years ago, but I had never gone to one of its churches. Until Sunday.

The parish is beautiful. It is like an acre of England has been cut out and dropped in Houston. The church itself looks like a classic Anglican (originally Catholic!) church.

The language of the liturgy is English, but the phrasing and words used are elegant, dignified, and…

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Mass at the Fellowship of Saint Alban in Henrietta, NY.

Mass at the Fellowship of Saint Alban in Henrietta, NY.

The Fellowship of Saint Alban will celebrate Mass in the Anglican tradition (Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter) this coming Saturday (5:00 pm) at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 3318 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467 (the old church that faces onto East Henrietta Road). It’s a real Roman Catholic Mass and you can receive communion. Light refreshments and social following Mass.

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3 Responses to “Every English Mass Should Be Like the Anglican Ordinariate’s”

  1. avatar christian says:

    I agree with the author of the article, Devin Rose.

    “The language of the liturgy is English, but the phrasing and words used are elegant, dignified, and mellifluous.”

    “The Order of the Mass for the Anglican Ordinariate is what the English Mass should be: traditional, yet in the vernacular; accessible, yet reverent.”

    “He (Pope Benedict XVI) established the Ordinariate to include a reverent Mass, in English, of the Roman Rite, that also includes aspects of authentic Anglican patrimony. The result is a breath of fresh air: the accessibility of our English language with the reverence and tradition of the Extraordinary Form.”

    All Roman Catholics are able to attend an Ordinate Mass and receive Holy Communion. An Ordinate Mass counts as your Sunday mass obligation.

    My family and friends are very impressed with the Ordinate Mass at the Fellowship of St. Alban. The music and liturgy are magnificent and reverent, and reminiscent of an earlier time when the Tridentine Mass was used, yet additionally, there is fellowship, warmth, hospitality, and conversation after mass at Refreshments/Coffee Hour.

    I am convinced that the Roman Catholic Church would not have lost so many Catholics after Vatican II if we would have a Mass like the Ordinate Mass, or the Ordinate Mass.

    I encourage those reading this post to attend the Ordinate Mass of the Fellowship of St. Alban this Saturday, August 29th, 2015, 5 P.M., at Church of the Good Shepherd (Old Church in front that faces E. Henrietta Rd.), 3318 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta, NY 14467.

  2. avatar christian says:

    Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta is part of St. Marianne Cope Parish. Church of the Good Shepherd, where the Ordinate Mass will be this Saturday at 5 P.M., is on E. Henrietta Road just past Lehigh Station Road if you are coming from Brighton or the Rochester area.

  3. avatar Eliza10 says:

    When I attended the Anglican Mass at Good Shepherd I was surprised to have the same reaction! Its a humble and simple Mass, there. No crowds. But I found it so fulfilling to use our own English language so beautifully! The prayers are so uplifting! In spite of its location’s inconvenience to me (at least its not far off 390), we found ourselves returning again and again.

    It offers the beauty of a Latin Mass. But, if you go to Latin Mass and do not know Latin, you know what its like to experience beauty and piety while also having mostly no clue as to what is being said. You are vaguely guessing. Or, during Mass you are head-down, reading the Missal’s English translation, written below the Latin, endeavoring to keep pace with the Mass at the same time). Here, instead, in a simple form, you have great beauty and piety AND you are fully participating, because you know what all the words mean! Not only that, but, yes: “the phrasing and words used are elegant, dignified, and mellifluous” – and when you experience using your own language to pray the Mass in this way, it really speaks to your soul, and it will stick with you after you leave Mass.

    So I agree, 100% – EVERY ENGLISH-SPOKEN MASS SHOULD BE LIKE THE ANGLICAN ORDINATE’S. Yes, that was my very-same-thought after my first Mass there!


    P.S. My husband agrees… he prefers the Latin Mass, but unlike me he knows Latin inside-out… He says, “The is Contemporary English has no sanctity to it. Its colloquially crude.” [My husband completed studies in London for the Anglican Priesthood, but did not get ordained… he was one with great respect for the High Mass and he clearly wasn’t the sort of person who represented the direction they wanted the Anglican Church to be going in]. My husband finally did become Catholic, but it was painful attending Masses at first – he says he felt (and still feels) the difference between and Anglican Mass and a Roman N.O. Mass was the different between a pageant that had been rehearsed and polished for centuries and one that hadn’t been rehearsed at all – it was written yesterday and the actors got it “this morning”.

    And I think you’ll agree when you experience it. You are really missing something about worship in our own language if you have not attended an Anglican-ordinate Mass.

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