Sunday, July 5, 2009


Among Anglican Catholics there is a fair variety of usage when it comes to the Kalendar, Mass readings, and readings for the Divine Office. What initially appear to be idiosyncratic choices are often due simply to a lack of authoritative resources rather than any particular preference.

For many years I have used the "CHURCH UNION ORDO." It is very popular among Anglican Catholics in England; and I know Roman Catholics who use it, too. (By the way, Fr John Hunwicke has one of the best blogs in cyberspace:

Starting from this year the ORDO is being published by The Additional Curates' Society. It is available from the Shrine Shop at Walsingham for just £8.50. Click HERE to go there, making sure to scroll down the page. You can order and pay online.

Fr Hunwicke describes the ORDO:
The purpose of this ORDO is to serve the needs of both Anglicans and Roman Catholics. For the former it provides for the recitation of Morning and Evening Prayer and the celebration of Holy Communion in accordance with modern forms authorised or encouraged in the Provinces of Canterbury and York. These forms are selected, arranged, and interpreted in the the spirit of what has become generally customary in Western Christendom since the Second Vatican Council; but notes draw attention to Orthodox insights. It also provides a full Calendar according to the modern Roman Rite, together with explanatory and catechetical notes. Anglicans who prefer forms of Liturgy based on the Book of Common Prayer will find a lectionary designed for use with the BCP.


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