Western Rite Critic

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Hybrid Kilt-wearing Liturgy


This is an apologist for Scottish Liturgy, but his conclusions are interesting.

“The Gallican Liturgy. Exception has been taken to the Scottish liturgy on the ground that, being originally a Western rite, its development should have proceeded on Eastern and not on Western lines, and that in its present form it is something of a hybrid. Critics of this type, to whom the Roman liturgy is the one norm for the West, forget that the Roman liturgy itself is ultimately Eastern in its origin, and that at one time it possessed even the distinctive Eastern feature of an express invocation. It has been already shown that the Roman rite has developed on lines which have left its canon illogical and confused. While the Roman liturgy lost by its departure from Eastern forms, the Scottish liturgy gained both in orderliness and beauty, by a return to the ancient forms of the East.

As for the mingling of Eastern and Western elements in the same liturgy, that is no novelty; for, in the Hispano-Gallican or Mozarabic rites there are to be found, side by side, Western elements, such as collects, variable prayers, prefaces, etc., and an Eastern form of consecration. This group of liturgies was current in Gaul till the eighth century, when the rite was suppressed by Roman authority save in Toledo and Salamanca, where it is still used, though in a highly Romanized form. Cranmer, certainly, was acquainted with this rite, of which there are clear traces in the short prayers preceding the blessing of the water at Baptism in the Book of Common Prayer; and it is possible that his knowledge of that type of liturgy encouraged him to introduce the Invocation into the Consecration Prayer of 1549. It cannot, however, be proved that the Gallican rite directly influenced either the Scottish or the English liturgies. But it is of special interest to Scottish people, as an example of a marked fusion of Western and Eastern elements. The following is a translation of a Gallican Invocation: “We humbly pray that Thou wouldest deign to receive and bless and sanctify this Sacrifice, that it may become to us a true Eucharist in Thy Name and in the Name of Thy Son and Holy Spirit, changed into the Body and Blood of our Lord God, Jesus Christ.” – Rev. W. Perry, B.D., 1922

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December 26, 2007 - Posted by | -- Anglican, Western Rite Liturgics, Western Rite Quotes | , , , , , , , ,

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