Something Greater than Anglophila

“The Hispanic members of the Atonement congregation seemed as enthusiastic about the fare they were receiving as did the Anglo-Saxons; they were clearly going to Mass there because they sensed that it provided them with something hard-wired into their genes. … The Ordinariate form of Mass manifestly has a much broader appeal than merely to ex-Anglicans or merely to the English (and Scots and Welsh). This is, quite simply, because it taps back into the Great Tradition; it re-establishes links with the grammar by which Western and Eastern Europeans worshipped for a couple of millennia. And that style of worship, penetrated throughout by the numinous, lasted so long and spread so far and so wide simply because, for generation after generation, it measured up to one great cultural and religious test: Is this what it ought to be like to be worshipping the Christian God?”

Fr. John Hunwicke’s reminiscences (posted 11 October 2016) about his visit to Our Lady of the Atonement parish in San Antonio, Texas, the Anglican Use parish there.

And (as discussed in the essay, “The Monastic Quality of Anglicanism: Implications for Understanding the Anglican Patrimony,” in Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Church, ed., Stephen Cavanaugh, 161-183, San Francisco, CA: Ignatius, 2011) patristic/monastic theology made a uniquely profound contribution to the way this Great Tradition developed in English spirituality.

 

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