Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sacred Mysteries: Bring fiddleback chasubles back?

From The Telegraph-

Does Anglican patrimony include fiddleback chasubles? If this question means nothing, do not despair, for it is the ecclesiastical equivalent of an interest that rivet-counters or gricers take in the wheel arrangement of locomotives (2-4-0, and so on).

Anglican patrimony is a thing that the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is supposed to express within the Roman Catholic Church in England. It is exemplified by Coverdale’s translation of the Psalms, which is used at Evensong in Ordinariate churches.

The Ordinariate does not yet have its own Communion service (Eucharistic liturgy) or Missal. For this purpose work is being done to revise the Book of Divine Worship. That book is used by Roman Catholics in America who follow the Anglican use; it is based on the American Book of Common Prayer. These waters are complicated, like the Thames at Oxford, with backwaters and hidden streams.

The first church in England to be given over to the use of the Ordinariate was not the charming old church of the Assumption, Warwick Street, but a more angular building to the south of the Thames, the church of the Most Precious Blood, Southwark.

It was designed by the remarkable F A Walters in a Romanesque style, with a baldacchino resembling a dovecote over the altar. Walters, who should be found a place in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, also designed Buckfast Abbey. One of the earliest of his churches, from the close of the 19th century, is the strikingly sited Sacred Heart, Wimbledon: stone and flint with flying buttresses.

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