Monday, 26 October 2009

Which Rites? (a piece for the interest of Anglicans)

Pope Benedict is beckoning Anglicans into the Church of Rome with the promise of “Anglican Rite” status.

I wonder which Rite he has in mind.....

Is it the 1549 rite ( more or less the one used in the 1928 American BCP, and in “Rite One” of the 1976/79 American BCP)?

1549 is filled with polemic against the Church of Rome’s doctrine of the Mass. (See hi-lighted extracts below). Has the Pope analysed this Liturgy?

1549

And here we offer and present unto thee (0 Lord) our selves, our souls, and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee: humbly beseeching thee, that whosoever shall be partakers of this holy Communion, may worthily receive the most precious body and blood of thy son Jesus Christ: anbd be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction, and made one body with thy son Jesu Christ, that he may dwell in them, and they in him. And although we be unworthy (through our manifold sins) to offer unto thee any Sacrifice: Yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service,

ALMIGHTY GOD our heavenly father, which of thy tender mercy didst give thine only son Jesus Christ, to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption, who made there (by his oblation once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world, and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again: Hear us (0 merciful father) we beseech thee; and grant that we, receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy son our Savior Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood: who in the same night that he was betrayed: took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his Disciples, saying: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying: Drink ye all of this, for this is my blood of the new Testament, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins: do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me.

Or does the Pope have the 1552/1662 Rite in mind?

This Rite is substantially “sans consecration”. It has a “receptionist” theology. Is this the Rite which is acceptable to Rome?

1552/1662

ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again; Hear us, 0 merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee; and grant that we receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed Body and Blood: who, in the same night that he was betrayed, (a) took Bread; and, when he had given thanks, (b) he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, (c) this is my Body which is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper he (d) took the Cup; and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for this (e) is my Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. Amen.

Maybe Papa Bennie has the English Missal in mind. You can read it here. It’s scarcely an Anglican Rite!

ENGLISH MISSAL

http://home.comcast.net/~acbfp/knottmissal.html

So I ask. Is the Pope decidedly ignorant of Anglican Rites? If that is not the case, then which Rites (and there are very many in the Communion) will be acceptable in the new “Ordinariate”.



2 comments:

  1. Your quotes DO show that I don't think Benedict thought much about this at all -- other than hooray, here's a bunch of disgruntled traditionalists! Let's invite them over!

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  2. Michael,
    I thank you for this insightful post. As you know, I am an atonement scholar, and my views were very much shaped by my nurture in the Episcopal Church and its liturgy. That liturgy, in my view, retains a Reformed theology within a Catholic form. It is incomprehensible to me that the Vatican would authorize a liturgy that says: “By his (Christ's) one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction. . . .” Somebody didn't do their homework.

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