The Liturgical Drama of the Fore-Office
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The Liturgical Drama of the Fore-Office

Having received some very thoughtful feedback both privately and publicly on my most recent post regarding the Ordinariate’s fore-office versus the 1662 Book of Common Prayer’s penitential rite, I have been prompted to reflect more deeply on the theological importance of the integrity of the fore-office, and why taking its elements solely on an individual basis runs the risk of damaging or destroying the single, holistic liturgico-dramatic movement that the fore-office is intended to perform. Continue reading

The Ordinariate’s Divine Office and the Penitential Rite
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The Ordinariate’s Divine Office and the Penitential Rite

In a previous post, I discussed the most basic problem with the Ordinariate divine office drafts: an acute case of “optionitis,” leading to needless complications and reinventions of the wheel when the whole genius of the Prayer Book tradition lies in its simplicity. In this next iteration of the series, I will look at one … Continue reading

Making the Ordinariate’s Divine Office Better: Simplicity
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Making the Ordinariate’s Divine Office Better: Simplicity

The three ordinariates established under the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus still await their approved divine offices to supplement the Divine Worship Mass and have a complete liturgical life. I used to think Rome just needs to get over its bureaucratic inertia, hurry up and approve the drafts currently in front of them. Having now had a … Continue reading

The Ordinariate Calendar and Continuity in Western Liturgical Tradition
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The Ordinariate Calendar and Continuity in Western Liturgical Tradition

(This is an updated and corrected version of a previously published post.) The liturgical calendar of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is based on the General Roman Calendar of 1969 and the ordinary form of the Roman Rite. However, it has some unique features that root it deeper within both the … Continue reading

Divine Worship: The Daily Office — A Review of the Australian Ordinariate’s Draft in the Ordo 2019
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Divine Worship: The Daily Office — A Review of the Australian Ordinariate’s Draft in the Ordo 2019

Members and fellow-travelers of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (OCSP), which has jurisdiction over parishes in the United States and Canada, have been waiting for some years on official information about the status of the Daily Office in the Ordinariate’s Divine Worship form, said to be sitting in Rome awaiting approval. … Continue reading