We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mad with much hat

Cutting and pasting is what Anglo-Catholics have always done and what the Ordinariate is, apparently, doing now. I thought I would join the fun. This is basically the 1929 Scottish BCP service, with the 1549 English BCP canon, a little re-ordering, a few enrichments (all from other Prayer Books, real and proposed), and two minor, but nonetheless momentous, theological revisions (in blue).

It is not intended for anyone or anything – it is only an after-effect of my all-too-obvious neurotoxicity! It is, further, clearly:

  • Too hierarchical and orderly, for the shallowly innovative, and too inclusive and participatory, for the stiffly hidebound.
  • Too filled with confession of sin, for the happily Jesuited, and too focused on sacrifice, for the narrowly Puritanic.
  • Too historically retrograde, for the fervent fundamentalist, and too pointedly evangelical, for the fawning aesthete.

Designed to please … no one. Hence, it just might be sober, coherent, manly, Anglican, and … [gasp!] Catholic.

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