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 SmithBALTIMORE — 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.
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.”