Being raised an Episcopalian, I have always had a deep love of sacred liturgy and by sacred liturgy I mean that there is a real sense, by the community gathered, that one is in the presence of God during the Holy Eucharist. Since my conversion to the Catholic faith, I have joked with many of my Catholic friends that one could argue that the traditional Anglican service has more Catholic elements than the Mass celebrated in many Catholic churches in the United States.
So it has been a surprise that, since the publication of Anglicanorum Coetibus, there has been a lot a anticipation about allowing Anglican Use elements into mainstream Catholic Churches. Just this week, an article in the Wall Street Journal covered a story about Evensong being celebrated from the Book of Divine Worship (an Anglican Use liturgy approved by Rome) in, of all things, a Catholic Church that regularly celebrates the Tridentine Mass.
Is the attraction to this Liturgy, especially to traditional Catholics, due to the fact that it is not only in the vernacular but maintains a sense of the sacred? Could the foundation of Anglican Ordinates within dioceses around the United States lead to a renewal of that sense of the sacred within the Mass in those dioceses? This process will certainly be an interesting thing to observe over the next few years; especially with the introduction of the revised Missal, which is due out next year.