History Made with Publication of a New Missal

A unique event in the history of the universal Church will unfold on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29. That day a copy of the newly published Divine Worship – The Missal will be presented to Pope Francis in Rome by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis with Msgr Steenson and Ordinariate members

Pope Francis with Msgr Steenson and Ordinariate members

From Rome, to London to Washington, Houston, L.A., Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne, on that day the newly published missal for the Personal Ordinariates of the Catholic Church established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus will be formally received and inaugurated in the celebration of Mass.

The Missal, published under the authority of the Holy See, offers another version of the Western Rite of the Holy Eucharist which includes traditional (hieratic) English adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, as well as the music of the Anglican Patrimony.

This singular event celebrates another major step for thousands once separated from the Catholic Church. These Anglicans and others who have joined with them are the first distinctive groups, in various countries, to be reunited collectively with the universal Church, in full communion with the Chair of St. Peter.

Ordinariate congregations retain many of the elements of their Anglican patrimony that are in harmony with the doctrine and discipline of the universal Church. Ordinariate communities, like Eastern churches in communion with Rome, have a distinctive liturgy, pastoral practice and now over two hundred priests, many of whom have been dispensed from the vow of celibacy in the Western Catholic, (Latin) Rite of the Catholic Church.

Personal Ordinariate parishes around the world, including the Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More (STM) in downtown Toronto, will inaugurate use of the Missal on the same day. STM shares Sacré-Coeur Church on Sherbourne St. at Carlton.

At 4:00 pm on Nov. 29, STM Parish will celebrate Solemn High Mass using the new missal for the first time. The parish choir, under the direction of Peter Mahon, will offer traditional music written for the traditional English Mass. Music will include a Mass setting by Adrian Batten and the motet Ad Te Domine by Scarlatti. The STM children’s choir will sing the Advent Prose.

Clergy and people from the archdiocese and visitors are cordially invited; a reception will follow.

Missal first Mass Toronto(from Fr John Hodgins’ “Peregrinations” blog; the first 5 paragraphs were published on the website of the Southwest Ordinariate in England and signed “Fr Ian (Hellyer)”, so the original author is unfortunately unclear)

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6 Responses to History Made with Publication of a New Missal

  1. EPMS says:

    Apparently there has been some backtracking on the part of the OCSP Liturgical Officer and groups will continue to be allowed to produce mass booklets containing the (final) text of Divine Worship. No doubt little change will be noted in the pews, except that the celebrant will have a nice leather-bound book instead of a loose-leaf binder. The earlier version of this rite seems to have been well-accepted in the US and Canada.

    • Dear EPMS,

      It is not correct to regard “Divine Worship – The Missal” as a new version of the Ordinariate Use. It represents the completion of the Mass texts for the Ordinariates, which were until now a work in progress. The Ordo Missae was first presented to the public in October 2013, and this has been used with the Propers and Commons from the Book of Divine Worship until such time as the definitive texts were available in looseleaf form. Now that the leather-bound Missal is being published for altar use the work on the Mass texts has been finalised. With the Missal the Ordinariate now has available for use the Holy Mass texts of what the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus calls “the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See”.

      “Divine Worship – The Missal” is a combination of Cranmer’s Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer with all his Collects and the vernacular Elizabethan-language version of the Roman Rite made for Anglican worship and included in the English and Anglican Missals. It is therefore a true expression of Anglican or Anglo-Catholic liturgy. The only thing it does not include is a contemporary-language Eucharistic liturgy, as used today in the Anglican Church, the reason given being that the Ordinariates have the faculty to use the Ordinary Form, which represents the modern-language Roman Rite, and was (is) used by many Anglo-Catholics, especially in the UK.

  2. EPMS says:

    Fr Bartus’ reply to a comment on the BJHN Facebook page that the mass pew booklets they were currently using would require only “minor rubrical changes Rome made last minute” suggested that the congregation would notice little or no difference. I didn’t think anything I said contradicted your description of “Divine Worship–The Missal”.

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