Western Rite Critic

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Credit where it’s due


Liturgy of Saint? Thomas CranmerIt’s time we fessed up and stopped plagiarizing. If you’re going to be Anglican Rite Orthodox, put the words “Liturgy of Thomas Cranmer.” on the cover. In fact, a glorification might be in order. Liturgy of St. Thomas (Cranmer). We have excellent editions of both the old one and the Edwardian Rite, and it’s painful to see their work basically ripped off without proper credit, or stamping Eastern Saints names on it (like St. Tikhon). How un-Western of us. Why the need to appeal to an Eastern Saint for your rite, if it’s a Western rite?

That brings up another point. Western Rite people are going around reversing the meaning of scripture, prophesy, and tradition for this, with novel new apologetics. We all know that Christ will come from East to West, that our tradition accords great meaning to the origin, to what comes “out of the East”. Did you know the new ‘word’ is that, “Well, it’s coming to the West!” Gee, a reversal of our pieties just for a quickie apologetic, and there’s not even a punch line. For shame. Oh well. They’ll probably start wearing their rings on the left hand and crossing themselves backwards too, in the name of whatever anti-Pope came up with that one. Next thing you’ll be hearing is that the WR is closer to the temple worship of old, and then it won’t be long. You guessed it: you’ll hear that Jesus was Western Rite!
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January 24, 2008 - Posted by | Western Rite Questions | , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It’s an interesting question. In this day of internet texts, plagiarism, and easy desktop publishing, you can slap out prayer books for a parish overnight, with whatever changes you want, and no one’s the wiser.

    Given everything else they’re doing, I seriously doubt they gave credit to Cranmer. They probably figure it’s public domain, so why should they? Besides, it would show it for exactly what you say, a WRO BCP. 🙂

    Comment by tuD | January 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Is Cramner credited at all in the WRO version of the BCP?

    I have never seen a copy in book form, just online.

    Comment by asimplesinner | January 25, 2008 | Reply


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