So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, December 9, 2016

National Catholic Register's Peter Jesserer Smith's interview with Bishop Steven Lopes.

National Catholic Register interview with Bishop Steven Lopes.
Bishop Steven Lopes on Ordinariate’s Missal and Gift of English Catholic Patrimony
Exclusive: Shepherd of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter talks with the Register.
—Peter Jesserer Smith

BALTIMORE — This Advent marks the first anniversary of Divine Worship: The Missal (DW:TM), the third form of the Roman rite, approved by Pope Francis for the personal ordinariates set up by Pope Benedict XVI to give Anglicans and the full English Christian patrimony a permanent home in the Catholic Church for all to enjoy.
This Advent marks the first anniversary of introduction of the Ordinariate's missal, i.e., Divine Worship: The Missal.
Divine Worship (...) restores to the Roman rite a certain accent of English Christianity lost since the Church of England split from the Catholic Church in 1534.

Liturgical practices known to “Merry Olde England” before the Reformation, when Catholics there prayed the Sarum use of the Roman rite, are now recovered(.)
“It’s a Catholic missal in every sense,” (Andrew) Jordan (a physics professor at the University of Rochester who belongs to St. Alban’s Fellowship in Rochester) said, adding that former Anglicans now can experience a far richer English patrimony than they ever had in the Anglican Communion.
“In terms of evangelization, two of the most powerful things are truth and beauty,” he said. “I think people who experience this missal will see truth and beauty and be drawn to God.”
In this blogger's experience, the liturgy celebrated according to the Ordinariate Missal (DW:TM) is truly beautiful and reverently God-oriented.

As it has been mentioned herein this blog on several occasions, the Ordinariate Mass is celebrated ad orientem. Excellent hymnody, English chant and beautiful prayers (e.g., the Prayer of Humble Access) from the English patrimony approved for inclusion in the Ordinariate Missal are a welcome relief from the awkward and even abusive improvisations imposed on the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

Typically, when one attends an Ordinariate liturgy, one is immersed in a culture that is saturated with gratitude to God for His providential care, gratitude for giving His people a wellspring of hope and beauty in the midst of turbulent times, a fount of goodness and mercy, a chalice of authentic piety and devotion and love for Holy Scripture, the Sacraments and reverent prayer.
DW:TM brings the very best of Anglicanism into the fullness of the Catholic Faith. A delectable portion of the noble Sarum heritage, the pre-Reformation Mass in England, too, is given a fitting place, once again, in the living library of Catholic rites.

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