The Coventry Ordinariate Mission, hosted at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Canley. The following text taken from their website demonstrates a rich liturgical presence despite their situation as “lodgers”:
Worship is at the centre of the Church’s life; before anything else Christians are called to offer worship to God. Worship is in fact the primary human vocation because human beings were created to be in communion with God and to bless and praise him. The times of our worship are below; you are most welcome to join us.
Sunday 10.30am Morning Prayer (from the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham)
11am SOLEMN MASS & Angelus (followed by refreshments in the hall)
Monday 7pm Mass
Tuesday 10am Mass
Wednesday 10am Mass
Thursday 7pm Mass (Ordinariate Use)
7.30pm Compline (Night Prayer)
Saturday 10am Mass
10.30-11am Eucharistic Adoration & Sacrament of Penance, concluding with Benediction
For other occasional services and devotions such as The Rosary and Stations of the Cross, see our weekly newssheet.
The Ordinariate Use
Our Mass on Thursdays, offered for the unity of the Church is celebrated according to what is commonly known as the ‘Ordinariate Use’. This Order of Holy Mass has been devised by a special working party established by the Holy See and was promulged in 2013 for use by the personal ordinariates around the world. These are the structures established by Pope Benedict XVI which allow former Anglicans who wish to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church to do so whilst retaining aspects of their spiritual and liturgical traditions. Benedict XVI described these as “precious gifts” and “treasures to be shared”.
What is celebrated here – approved by the Holy See – is the integration of some of the best of the Anglican tradition, including the hallowed words of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, into the Roman Rite.
The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham sees this new Ordinariate Use as a small but concrete step towards the healing of one of the most damaging wounds of history, the dividing of Christ’s Body the Church, here in England.
The Divine Office
The daily prayers of the Church – Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer etc – are known as the Divine Office. The Ordinariate has a very beautiful authorised form of the Divine Office which again draws on the best of the Anglican tradition.
At our public celebration of Morning Prayer on Sundays at 10.30am you will hear much of 1662 Prayer Book office including the venerable words of the Coverdale translation of the psalms.
And on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm our (chanted) public celebration of Compline rounds off the day with a liturgy imbued with the beauty and dignity of the Anglican tradition.