Western Rite Critic

A Balance to Contagious Enthusiasm

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

Reservations: Bishop Kallistos (Ware)


“I understand that there are “western rite” groups in the USA which are using what is basically an Anglican rite, with a Byzantine epiclesis inserted into it. I have some reservations here.

The Anglican service is in large part the work of Cranmer, who was Zwinglian in his theology (i.e., he did not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist): do we make his rite “Orthodox” simply by inserting a Byzantine epiclesis? Indeed, is it right to take the Byzantine epiclesis and insert it into a western liturgical text where it does not properly belong? It is said that St. Tikhon of Moscow, while Archbishop of North America at the start of this century, blessed a rite of this sort. But how carefully was he able to examine the question? And if he were living today, would he recommend the same course? If we Orthodox are indeed to use a western rite, then there needs to be a full discussion on a pan-Orthodox level to clarify what western rite we should employ.” – Bishop Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, The Priest. A Newsletter for the Clergy of the Diocese of San Francisco. Issue No. 5, May 1996

January 6, 2008 Posted by | -- Anglican, Western Rite -- Pan-Orthodoxy, Western Rite Liturgics, Western Rite Quotes | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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