On the First Sunday of Advent 2012, Holy Rosary added a third liturgy to its schedule: the Anglican Use. This Mass is offered every Sunday at 8 a.m. The community also celebrates Evensong – the evening prayer of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours – every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in conjunction with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the close of our weekly Wednesday afternoon Eucharistic Adoration.
The addition of the Anglican Use community to our parish was made possible by the establishment on Jan. 1, 2012, of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Equivalent to a diocese, the Ordinariate is composed of parishes, groups, religious communities and individuals of Anglican heritage gathered around the Ordinary. He serves under the direct authority of the Pope, in partnership with the bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to build up the Church through mutual mission and ministry while retaining elements of the Anglican patrimony.
Who are its Members?
The members of the Ordinariate include “those faithful, of every category or state of life, who, originally having belonged to the Anglican Communion, are now in full communion with the Catholic Church, or who have received the sacraments of initiation within the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate itself, or who are received into it because they are part of a family belonging to the Ordinariate” (Decree of Establishment, 1).
On May 31, 2013, Pope Francis approved a significant modification to the Complementary Norms for the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, which establishes and guides the Ordinariate’s work. The modification addresses a particular question of who is eligible for membership in the Ordinariate:
5§2: A person who has been baptized in the Catholic Church but who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation, and subsequently returns to the faith and practice of the Church as a result of the evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate, may be admitted to membership in the Ordinariate and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or the Sacrament of the Eucharist or both.
Who can Attend Ordinariate Masses?
Any Catholic is welcome to attend Ordinariate liturgies and functions, just as members of the Ordinariate are welcome to attend liturgies and functions at other Catholic Churches. Lifelong Catholics who worship with an Ordinariate community are welcome to become formal “affiliates” of the Ordinariate, and should consult with their local Ordinariate pastor about how to do so.
Are Ordinariate members still Anglicans?
No. Members of the Ordinariate are no longer members of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) or one of the continuing Anglican jurisdictions. Instead, they are Latin Rite Roman Catholics of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, and in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. However, because the Ordinariate maintains its own distinct heritage and traditions, they are Catholics who maintain their distinct Anglican Tradition within the Roman Catholic Church.
What liturgy is used?
The liturgy looks very similar to a traditional Anglican liturgy. At this time, parishes are using an interim liturgy that incorporates Anglican prayers and material, though all three Ordinariates will soon be using a single Ordinariate liturgy. The Roman Missal and Missale Romanum (1962) are also authorized for use. There are also special baptismal, marriage and funeral rites that have been created for the Ordinariate that more closely reflect Anglican heritage and sensibilities.