Anglicanorum coetibus - Tenth Anniversary
  • Some guffawed and were certain that it would never happen. Others, after it happened, were certain that it would not last. Others thought (and some still think) that we are Protestants in disguise who have no business being in the Catholic Church. Well, they would think Catholic if they talked to any of our people for five minutes. The truth is that we are just too Catholic for many. And, after ten years we are growing by leaps and bounds - nearly 50 parishes in the US and Canada, with more in England and Australia. And, as I predicted back in the seventies to my erstwhile Anglo-Catholic friends (who were incredulous and poo-pooed the idea that it would ever happen), we are an entity in the Catholic Church and have our own bishop. Today, on what was another Sunday in 'Ordinary time' for most, we celebrated a Jubilee with a solemn pontifical mass of the Holy Spirit followed by a solemn Te Deum, then Solemn Evensong and a grand reception in the great hall of the Chancery. Our founding charter, Anglicanorum coetibus (Anglican groups) was promulgated by HF Benedict in 2009, making these 'Anglicanorum coetibus' an ordinariate. In addition to gratitude to HF Benedict, we also have a debt of gratitude to Cardinal Levada (may light perpetual now shine upon him) and to Cardinal di Nardo. The Most Rev'd. Stephen J. Lopes, our bishop, is a faithful father to us all, and a tireless father of his 'diocese', which is the entire US and Canada. We are grateful to Benedict XVI, and all who have furthered our cause and welcomed us into the Church which we love. (Walsingham actually pe-dates the Ordinariate! It was established nearly forty years ago (1982) under the "Pastoral Provision-Anglican Use' for ex-Anglicans by John Paul II.)

    Here are the day's observances -

    Solemn Pontifical Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit

    Organ Voluntary - on Veni creator Spirituss - - - Improvisation
    At the Procession - Hymn: 'Christ is Made the Sure Foundation' - - - Westminster Abbey

    The Introit - Spiritus Domini - - - Mode VIII (Palmer-Burgess)
    Kyrie - Mass for Five Voices - - - William Byrd
    Gloria - Missa Sancta Maria Magdalena - - - Healey Willan

    The Psalm - Psalm CVIII, Benedic, anima mea - - - Chant, William Turle
    Alleluya and Verse - Veni, Sancte Spiritus - - -Tone VI (AUG)

    The Nicene Creed - - - Recto Tono
    The Prayers of the Faithful - - - Byzantine Chant

    At the Offertory -
    The Antiphon - Confirma hoc - - - Mode IV (P-B)
    Anthem - 'Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether" - - - Harold Friedel

    Sanctus - Mass for Five Voices - - - William Byrd
    Memorial Acclamation - 'O Saviour of the World' - - - Mode VIII
    The Our Father - - - Mode VII
    Agnus Dei - Mass for Five Voices - - - William Byrd

    At the Communion -
    The Antiphon - Factus est repente - - - Mode VII (P-B)
    Anthem - Ecce quam bonum - - - Richard Proulx
    Hymn-Responsory - Magna opera Domini* - - - Richard J. Clark

    Te Deum - - - Chants, E.G. Monk and W. Croft

    Hymn - 'To Thee O Gracious Father'** - - - Thaxted
    Organ Voluntary - on Thaxted - - - Improvisation

    *This hymn quotes Bishop Lopes's motto, 'Great are the Works of the Lord', and was commissioned for his consecration as bishop.
    **This hymn was written by the Rev'd. Christopher B. Phillips, former pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antionio.

    Solemn Choral Evensong -

    Organ Voluntary - Psalm Prelude No. 1, Op. 32 - - - Herbert Holwells
    At the Procession - Organ Voluntary - - - Improvisatioon

    Introit - 'Behold, How Good and Joyful' - - - Stanley Vann

    The Preces - - - Thomas Tallis
    The Office Hymn - Veni Creator Spiritus - - - Sarum Plainsong, Mode VIII
    The Psalter - Psalm CXVIII,I-III. Chants, Sir Edward Elgar, Cambridge Chant, G.T.S. Talbot

    Magnificat - - - William Byrd
    Nunc dimittis - - - William Byrd

    The Suffrages - - - Thomas Tallis
    The Our Father - - - Robert Stone

    The Anthem - 'The Spirit of the Lord', from The Apostles - - - Sir Edward Elgar

    The Marian Anthem - Salve, Regina - - - Peter Philips

    Hymn - 'The Day Thou Gavest' - - - St. Clement

    Organ Voluntary - on 'O God, Our Help in Ages Past' - - - Sir C.H.H. Parry

    Reception - Chancery, Great Hall

  • Perhaps next year at this time "O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be" - William Harris?
    Thanked by 1M. Jackson Osborn
  • Ken -
    O quanta qualia happens to be my favourite All Saints' hymn. I grumbled (with tongue slightly in cheek) to our choirmaster that we didn't sing it at our All Saints high mass. Perhaps next year indeed!