The Anglican Patrimony

What enriches us from the Anglican Communion? What riches will we share as Anglicans come into full communion? Consider the scholarship, the purity and the poignant beauty of this passage from the liturgical Anglican scholar Dom Gregory Dix:

“Was ever another command so obeyed? For century after century, spreading slowly to every continent and country and among every race on earth, this action has been done, in every conceivable human circumstance, for every conceivable human need from infancy and before it to extreme old age and after it, from the pinnacle of earthly greatness to the refuge of fugitives in the caves and dens of the earth. Men have found no better thing than this to do for kings at their crowning and for criminals going to the scaffold; for armies in triumph or for a bride and bridegroom in a little country church; for the proclamation of a dogma or for a good crop of wheat; for the wisdom of the Parliament of a mighty nation or for a sick old woman afraid to die; for a schoolboy sitting an examination or for Columbus setting out to discover America; for the famine of whole provinces or for the soul of a dead lover; in thankfulness because my father did not die of pneumonia; for a village headman much tempted to return to fetich because the yams had failed; because the Turk was at the gates of Vienna; for the repentance of Margaret; for the settlement of a strike; for a son for a barren woman; for Captain so-and-so wounded and prisoner of war; while the lions roared in the nearby amphitheatre; on the beach at Dunkirk; while the hiss of scythes in the thick June grass came faintly through the windows of the church; tremulously, by an old monk on the fiftieth anniversary of his vows; furtively, by an exiled bishop who had hewn timber all day in a prison camp near Murmansk; gorgeously, for the canonisation of S. Joan of Arc—one could fill many pages with the reasons why men have done this, and not tell a hundredth part of them. And best of all, week by week and month by month, on a hundred thousand successive Sundays, faithfully, unfailingly, across all the parishes of Christendom, the pastors have done this just to make the plebs sancta Dei—the holy common people of God.”

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02165595356974295815 Sonja

    Beyond lovely.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531024393615051496 veritas

    Good, sound, Anglo Catholic scholarship helped lead me to the Catholic Church. I still use an Anglo Catholic Rosary booklet for my Rosary meditations and I have yet to find its equal among books on the Rosary.There used to be an expression among Anglicans about worship – "Everything done decently and in order." Oh how I missed that when I joined the Catholic Church. Even at the fairly traditional Catholic Church I attend, I still note how at times there is not adequate preparation and rehearsal for major ceremonies.And in the many parish Churches I have visited for Mass, how I wince at the "sloppiness" with which the priest conducts the service, the casualness, the informality, the attempt to be a "pal" with the congregation. All of that would have been an anathema to the Anglo Catholics of years ago.So, yes, I do think the Anglican Patrimony will bring something good into the Church.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03075768526819990250 The Archer of the Forest

    It might very well bring me into the Church. I am seriously considering sending my Portfolio to the Ordinariate for consideration. Please pray for me.


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