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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Anglican Use Tridentine
Anglican Use Tridentine

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Actually, the Vatican approved this Tridentine style mass in English a few years back, but under a form not commonly known to mainstream Catholics. It's called the "Anglican Use Pastoral Provision," and it is a form similar to the Tridentine mass specifically designed in the vernacular for the English-speaking people around the world. The liturgy was approved as a concession for disaffected Episcopalians who left the ECUSA decades ago. These were extremely conservative and traditionalist Anglicans who could no longer tolerate the Liberal direction of the ECUSA and the Anglican Communion.

Just last month, some 400,000 traditionalist Anglicans petitioned the Vatican to be readmitted to the Catholic Church as a group. Since Rome already has all of the necessary components to this form already in place under the "Anglican Use Pastoral Provision," it is widely speculated the return of this ancient Rite will come in the very near future, as soon as a large body is readmitted to the Catholic Church and bishops are consecrated.

The English form of this Tridentine style mass, already approved by Rome under this pastoral provision may actually find a convergence among conservative Catholics already frustrated with the abuses of the Novus Ordo, but intimidated by the prospect of worship in Latin under the Tridentine, a language they do not understand nor do they care to learn. The Anglican Use Tridentine style mass therefore provides a reasonable solution, immediately available, to Catholics who find themselves in this situation. Because the entire liturgy is designed to be celebrated in English, the amount of training needed for priests would be minimal.

The full text of the Anglican Use Tridentine style mass can be found here. The rubrics are virtually identical to the Latin Tridentine. The language is Tudor English, a very high and formal version of the vernacular, similar to English translations found in the 1962 Tridentine Missal. The website for a highly organized parish already using this liturgy can be found here.

Getting something like this started locally should not be too difficult. I would recommend contacting Mr. Joseph Blake (email), who currently serves as the president of the 'Anglican Use Society,' in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Other contacts can be found here. Of particular interest is how the pope's recent motu proprio (Summorum Pontificum) liberalizing use of the 1962 Tridentine Missal might play into the process for how Catholics can request an Anglican Use Tridentine style mass as an alternative in their own area. Indeed, all of this will be interesting to see how it plays out in the coming years.