THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It's been a long time since I've discussed developments concerning the Anglican ordinariates within the Catholic Church. Just to bring my readers up to speed, if ya'll haven't been following the news on your own, there are now three Anglican ordinariates within the Catholic Church.
The first one was erected in 2011 for England, Wales and Scotland -- The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The second one was erected in 2012 for the United States and Canada -- The Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of Saint Peter. The third was erected just last month (June 2012) for Australia -- The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
In the United States and Canada, ordinations are under way in earnest, as dozens of former Anglican clergy are made into Catholic priests. Only a handful of full U.S. and Canadian parishes have entered the ordinariate so far, but that is expected to change soon. The real interesting thing about the American ordinariate is that more priests than congregations are currently being brought in. This means we are looking at the potential for a lot of missionary church planting in the years ahead, and there are plenty of ordinariate prayer groups that are already laying the foundation for that around the continent.
Today we learned of the Vatican approving two portions of the official liturgy that will be used for all ordinariates around the world. These are the Rite of Matrimony and the Order for Funerals. Inspection of the documents reveals that the ordinariate liturgy will take on a staunchly traditional Anglican character with heavy reliance on Tudor English. The rites are modelled after the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. It is very typical for Rome to approve liturgical texts in segments. However, by releasing these two texts to the public now, we can gain a good idea of what the new ordinariate mass will look like. It will follow along the same pattern of traditional Anglican, relying on Tudor English, presumably fitting seamlessly into these rights which are designed to be inserted into a mass as needed. For the American ordinariate, the integration of these two new rites can now be incorporated into the "Book of Divine Worship," which includes a similar style of liturgy already approved by the Vatican years ago for the Anglican Use Pastoral Provision.