Traditional Anglo-Papist

28 February 2006

Leonine Prayers

Now here is a bizarre coincident. The following prayers are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII. Pope Leo (well known to Anglicans as the author of Apostolicae Curae) composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel. These prayers were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII.

Until Vatican II these prayers were in general use. A decade later, Pope Paul VI said, "satan has entered the sanctuary." Could the elimination of these powerful prayers with a ten year indulgence have played a huge part in allowing the devil such easy access?
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. (Said 3 times)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Have mercy on us.


Thank-you to all those who have submitted Missal Parishes. I will make these into a list and post them soon. Remember you can always add more.

To the person who questioned whether or not I can call myself an Anglo-Papist and prompt the Missal tradition, here is part of my email response:
Do note that the name of the blog is the 'TRADITIONAL Anglo-Papist'. Taking seriously what has been said by Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei, I pray for "a wide and generous application of the directives already issued some time ago by the Apostolic See for the use of the Roman Missal according to the typical edition of 1962" amongst Anglo-Catholics.
As a Traditional Anglo-Papist, I feel a close connection to the Roman faithful who attend and prompt the 'Latin Mass' (I do not like that title and dislike, even more, the name Tridentine Mass) and the liturgical rites of typical edition of 1962. I share with these communites of faithful their spirituality, devotional life, and love for tradition. Enough said!

26 February 2006

Missal Parishes

I would like to set up a 'World Register' of English/ American/ Anglican Missal parishes who have a presence on the web. I will include these as Links on the blog. So if you stumble across this and you think your parish/congregation should be included, leave a comment with a link to the parish website.

I will place these parishes into two categories: theologically sound (ie anglo-papist) and nice liturgy. Also, any parish which is not strictly Missal but offers a regular Missal Mass will be included under Missal Friendly.

25 February 2006

TAP pictures

I am hoping to post as many traditional Anglo-Papist photos and pictures as I can find. Here is a starter from S. Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London (via Dappled Photos). It is from their 2003 S. Silas' Day celebrations. If some recognises the bishop, please let me know.That's how a bishop should look! I just love the gloves.

A further note: Fr Robert Bader has identified the bishop in the picture as the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt. Rev. Robert Ladds. Thank you Father for that information.

23 February 2006

Looking at the Roman Option

The Roman option takes three forms, which I will explore.
1. The reconciliation of individuals with the Church. That has been going on for over four centuries and the statistics are higher in certain eras than many Anglicans imagine. However, focussing on clergy, at his first meeting with “interested” Anglican clergy in Westminster Cardinal Basil Hume made it clear that Apostolicae Curae still stands, that there can be no bargaining about Orders. Whatever scholarly arguments may be raised about Anglican Orders, and the question is admittedly more complex than it was in 1896, the fact that women are deemed to be priests by most Anglicans and that within a few years some of these will be deemed to be bishops, has made the question of Anglican Orders academic, even irrelevant. In some instances, as in the case of Monsignor Graham Leonard, former Bishop of London, conditional ordination would be feasible, but that is a detail. Anglican clergy who are reconciled to Rome, who seek Orders, and succeed in their petition, are ordained absolutely.

2. The “corporate reunion” model of an ‘Anglican Rite”.  This is apparently what is being sought by the Traditional Anglican Communion. I am not privy to negotiations, and Archbishop Hepworth who is here today would know more about this. In no way do I wish to “put him on the spot”, because there seems to be much hope around that this might be possible. But a “corporate reunion” model logically applies only to an existing body, like the TAC, hence to clergy and laity who have chosen to join that body in the past and any clergy and laity who choose to join that body with a view to benefiting from a corporate reunion arrangement. However, there is a third option which involves smaller groups.

3. The reconciliation of a parish or group. Ever since the Caldey affair, nearly a century ago, there has been reticence among Catholic bishops about groups of persons being reconciled together. But, putting to one side cases like the parish of Bethnal Green,  the reconciliation of an Anglican parish, so that it retains its identity, is already an accomplished fact in the United States, in several instances.  Moreover, this has included a recognition of some Anglican liturgical usages, what is popularly termed an “Anglican rite”, although it seems more “Sarum” than Anglican to this liturgist!  Strictly speaking this concession involves a specific indult. A “rite” spelt with a small “r”, should not be confused with the formal establishment of a Rite in terms of a structure, involving a distinct hierarchy and ecclesial autonomy, as in the case of the existing Catholic Eastern Rite Churches.

from a paper given at Forward in Faith Meeting, All Saints, East St Kilda, Melbourne, February  11, 2006. FACING REALITIES, LOOKING AT OPTIONS by Rev. Msgr Peter J. Elliott