Benedict XVI, the Pope of Christian Unity, has made it possible by his provision in Anglicanorum coetibus, for Anglicans to enter into Holy Church in new Ordinariates. Their liturgical traditions are being codified and approved by the Holy See and implemented. As my friend Fr. Blake points out:
Perhaps the deepest liturgical changes are those which affect the calendar, so it is interesting that Rome’s latest moves on the liturgical front is to restore the more ancient usage, but for the Ordinariate.
- As in England, Ordinary Time will no longer be referred to, being replaced by Sundays after Epiphany or Sundays after Trinity, [The later is an Anglican thing. Romans talk about Sundays after Pentecost.] thus ensuring the whole liturgical year is now explicitly anchored and referenced to the mysteries of salvation.
- The three “-gesima” Sundays are restored.
- Rogation days before Ascension, and the Ember days in the four seasons of the year are restored.
- The Octave of Pentecost is restored, [Huzzah! Huzzay! See my PODCAzTs about the Octave.] to be marked properly except for the readings which will be of the particular weekday.
Already the Ordinariate have announced its liturgy should be eastward facing.
The liturgical rites of the Ordinariate will exert a “Gravitational Pull” on the rites of the Roman Church.
Imagine what impact the influx of priests of the SSPX could have on the revitalization of our liturgical worship?
The establishment of Ordinariates for Anglicans simply has herald what would be possible for the SSPXers.
I have a sensation in my bones, much as I do when weather changes, that something might be coming along soon from the Holy See about the SSPX. May I ask you to stop and say a prayer NOW for they reconciliation as a group?
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection,
implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence,
I fly unto Thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to Thee do I come, before Thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petition,
but in Thy mercy hear and answer me.