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11/09/2019

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I was hoping for them to do something like that in the 1980s. By the time they did it, it was as you say too late. Too late for the Anglicans and also, infinitely less important, too late for me. I couldnt go back to Anglican type services by then - I had not seen a BCP in decades.

Im quite sure anti Catholic snobbery is part of the reason for remaining. Most high church Anglicans are infected with it.

Ive been going to Byzantine Catholic liturgy since I came back from NYC. It just appeared on campus from a new faculty member who is byzantine Catholic and I started going..,

Interesting thing at our Mass this morning: someone was there who is new to the area and whose "native" liturgy is the Armenian rite, or whatever the proper term is. Probably a lot closer to Orthodox liturgy than to the Novus Ordo. She said she liked our liturgy better than that of most of the parishes in the area because "they seem very Protestant." Which was funny for several reasons, not least because we are in fact ex-Protestants with a liturgy brought from our Protestant communion. Or at least liturgical language. The liturgy itself of course can hardly be attributed to Anglicanism, since it was carried over or revived from the pre-Protestant one. In fact it's been described as the Tridentine Mass in English.

I've been to a Byzantine liturgy once. It was impressive but I don't think I could ever feel at home with it. At least in the way I do with the Ordinariate's English one. I didn't grow up with the BCP but I got some of it as a Methodist, and it seems to suit my British-Isles-bred genes.

Alan Jacobs has a history of the BCP which ends on a rather sad note--that there can no longer be anything close to a single BCP, even if there were no liturgical/theological/linguistic disagreements, because Anglicanism is too diversified. I suppose that's a good problem to have in a way.

Ive been to a few Byzantine liturgies. Byzantine Catholic is not exactly like that, tho similar

Byzantine Catholic was what it was, actually. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember it very clearly.

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