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A sign of things to come for the Ordinariate?

Fr. Andrew Burnham celebrating his first Mass (Novus Ordo). Take note of the Assistant Priest in Cope.

The still-Anglican Fr. John Hunwicke has a short but interesting report of Fr. Andrew Burnham's First Mass, in which Fr. Aidan Nichols OP was the homilist. Here's most of that post, with my emphases:

Fr Aidan returned, today, to the great enterprise of gathering up the fragments that none be lost; of appropriating, for the good of all the church, the Anglican inheritance discerned through the purifying prism of Catholic Orthodoxy. He mentioned that Bishop Andrew is engaged in the liturgical side of that - but made clear, referring especially to Blessed John Henry and the Tractarian Fathers, that there is much more to it than Liturgy. His homily, I think, counts as the Programmatic Statement of the Ordinariate as far as theology is concerned. I hope he stays involved.

If Fr Aidan's homily was characteristic, so was Bishop Andrew's liturgy. Fine music (Byrd; Morales); Latin from the Sursum corda until the Communion. We had examples of what the American blogosphere now calls Common Sense and Mutual Enrichment. Sanctus covered the (silent) first half of the Canon Romanus and Benedictus the second half; we were spared those horrid 'Acclamations' after the Consecration. At the Invitation to Communion, Bishop Andrew continued his custom of using the New ICEL translation of Ecce Agnus Dei.

The Ordinariate Portal blog has more pictures of (and stories about) the First Mass.


  1. Anonymous6:57 AM

    What is needed is a complete abandomment of the Novus Ordo as the normative Mass of the Ordinariate. Fr. Stork, Secretary-General of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, has already said that the predominate Mass would be a revised and adapted version of the American Book of Divine Worship of 1983.

    To adapt this to English needs, step one is to replace the bad 1979 American Prayerbook parts with 1662 English prayerbook parallel texts. More important is to ditch the Protestant-in-spirit N.O. Offertory and replace it with the real Roman Offertory of 1962.

    That's just for starters. But there is evidence that they are moving in the right direction.


  2. Anil Wang1:22 PM

    Completely abandoning the Novus Ordo isn't going to happen without a new Ecumenical Council. To put it bluntly, a new Ecumenical Council now be an extremely bad idea. But the Novus Ordo in use in most parishes is not the Novus Ordo of Vatican II. Parishes need to be brought into conformance, which is what the current Pope is trying to do.

    Despite the large interest in TLM, it's still a fringe movement. Since few people know Latin and there are so few people who know people who can help them live the TLM, the barrier to entry is far too high. (By this I mean, you don't just attend Mass once a week and then live as a secular the rest of the week. The rest of the week has a liturgy outside the Mass.) It's much easier to go to an Eastern Rite parish, where you'll actually have a parish community and tonnes of help to live the Eastern Rite, without sacrificing beauty and sanctity.

    But I agree with you. The Ordinariate has a huge opportunity. Not only does it attract Anglicans, it can also attract people who want a true liturgy but have difficulties with the Eastern Rite since it is not Western.

    It fills a crucial gap between the Novus Ordo and the TLM. If the Ordinariate is set up correctly, it can gain enough mindshare to become the de facto standard liturgy of the vernacular within a generation.

  3. Anonymous4:07 PM

    "Since few people know Latin and there are so few people who know people who can help them live the TLM...

    I learned how to follow the TLM when I was about 8 years old and to this day I have never taken a Course in Latin. It's really not that difficult.


    I'm not really sure what "living the TLM" is but as long as Bishops prevent traditional communities from growing and/or establishing themselves it will always be a problem. In my diocese I often hear that being catholic is more than just the mass yet those in control have done everything they can to make sure the TLM community isn't anything more than just that.


  4. Anonymous7:35 PM

    I'd also take note of the tabernacle, and the fact that it is veiled -- something many TLM sites still aren't doing and makes their Masses illicit.

  5. Anonymous11:44 PM


    This is certainly an interesting piece, especially given the prestige of Peters among the few "right-wing liberals" among the hierarchy.


  6. The Ordinariate has not yet the approved Anglican rites but the BDW will likely be the approved rite. Perhaps the 1979 TEC Prayerbook texts will be replaced by the 1662 Prayerbook texts.

    But Mr PKTP I think has not the right to insist in a complete abandonment of the OF, unless the Pope abandons it. Priests of the ordinariate can celebrate the OF anytime they want.

  7. Taking up Christopher's comment, there are currently some very poorly celebrated Latin Masses. There seems to be a wide variety of rubric abuse with various versions of interpretation. Some priests are trying to take The Holy Mass back to its earlier form prior to the dialogue type & other twentieth accretions. I wholly support this myself. We also need to remove vernacular hymns during the Canon which I have heard in some places. There are also mongrels with part sung Masses which take no regard of what is left in and taken out.

    The systemic liturgical chaos that has beset the NO and its sequel threatens to derail any restoration of the traditional liturgy. If we are not careful the authorities concerned will then swoop to impose the final hybridised edition in the future and we will be worse off than we were in 1969.

  8. Anil Wang5:06 AM


    Let me take a concrete example from Toronto. The FSSP in Toronto had full support of the Archbishop and a loyal following. But ultimately, the FSSP left Toronto because they realized that TLM was ghettoized. Essentially,
    (1) People in the local community never came to mass
    (2) All people who came to mass came from a long distance and did not take part in the parish life (e.g. confessions: I imagine that they went to confessions in their local NO parishes).
    The FSSP decided to leave Toronto to go to a community that would actually allow their priests to be full priests.

    By "living the TLM", I mean in addition to confession, the various devotions (both private and communal activities like praying the rosary in the church), parish supported groups like the Legion of Mary.

    The pre-Vatican II devotions are quite different from the modern devotions, but unless you know someone who can guide you in those devotions, you're out of luck. You'll have to cherry pick, living in neither liturgy completely. With the Ordinariate as with Eastern Rite and the post-Vatican II Rite, one can fully practice the devotions associated with the Rite.

    WRT learning Latin, I took it in high school and love it. But you, like me, had someone to guide is in the devotions (unless you went to mass alone without your parents or godparents). But even if they wanted to, few people have someone to hold their hand and help them learn not only the mass, but the devotions.

  9. With reference to :

    1. “He mentioned that Bishop Andrew is engaged in the liturgical side of… “


    2. “as Bishop Andrew's liturgy. “


    3. “Bishop Andrew continued his custom of using the New ICEL translation of Ecce Agnus Dei.”

    He is definitely not a bishop, AFAIAA. He was once called a “bishop” in the heretical Church of England. Now he is a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.

    If I am wrong on this, then I foresee some problems ahead, maybe I should go over to Canterbury ?

    Welcome Father Andrew.


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