Here’s another one of those cool projects in the back of my head that I’ll
probably never get around too… As I’ve mentioned before, my main problem
with the common theology of the Anglican Missal and Breviary is that it is
fundamentally Scholastic. I’ve said before and I’ll say again that I believe
one of the major directions that the English Reformers took was to
explicitly reject Scholastic theology but to retain a non-Scholastic, more
monastic flavored catholicism.
So here’s my idea: a book designed not as a replacement but as a supplement
to the Offices of the BCP that would offer suggestions on the ordines and
content of the Offices, primarily drawn from pre-Scholastic English monastic
sources. Thus, it would include recommendations for Office Hymns, a modified
kalendar, the various little offices (Dead, Holy Cross, BVM), and other
assorted stuff. Again, the intent would not be replacement but
supplementation, to help people see their offices in a new way and think
about what it means to be part of catholic tradition.
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