Shane Schaetzel, the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society’s webmaster, has a great post up on his personal blog about the relationship of Anglican patrimony to the English-speaking world.
He also offers some practical advice on how to start a Patrimonial group that could one day be an Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (or other Ordinariate) community.
First and foremost, Rome wants the Anglican Patrimony to grow in the Catholic Church, particularly in English-speaking nations. The Anglican Patrimony (abruptly taken from Rome by King Henry VIII in the 16th century) has been re-adopted by Rome after exile for nearly five centuries. This Patrimony originally came from the Catholic Church, and it has now returned to the Catholic Church as a treasure to be shared by all. If you’re an English-speaking Catholic, the Anglican Patrimony has a part in your linguistic and cultural heritage, even if you were never an Anglican or never had any connection to Anglicanism. Rome has seen the value in this Patrimony and desires all Catholics (especially English-speaking Catholics) to have some familiarity with it.
Second, if you are a convert who came from any form of Anglicanism or Methodism, you are automatically eligible for membership in the Ordinariate, even if there is no Ordinariate community nearby, and even if you originally entered the Church through a normal diocese.
Fourth, you don’t need to be a member of the Ordinariate to celebrate the Anglican Patrimony in your own home. If you like the prayers of the Anglican Patrimony, just pray them. If you want to do the Daily Office like members of the Ordinariate, just do it. If you want a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in your home, just buy one, have it blessed, and put it on the mantel. The Anglican Patrimony is open to all Catholics as a treasure to be shared. You don’t need to be a member of an Ordinariate, and you don’t even need to have been formerly Anglican. If you’re Catholic, then it’s for you.
Divine Worship is the synthesis of these things, in what can be described as a Vatican reboot of medieval English Catholicism, taken organically from the traditions and customs of Anglicans. One portion of Divine Worship can be celebrated by anyone, in any home, Catholic or non-Catholic. It’s called the Daily Office, and it’s a form of the Divine Office that clergy use but specifically tailored to English heritage, and used by Anglican clergy and laypeople for centuries. It has now been brought back into the Catholic Church, and Catholics everywhere are finding that it improves their appreciation for the psalms, strengthens their prayer life, and overall makes them better Catholics. So the Daily Office of Divine Worship is attractive to many Catholics, even those who cannot be members of the Ordinariate. If you would like to begin the recitation of the Daily Office, you can do so here. It’s open to all.
And finally, this. But please go over and read the whole post and share it on social media.
Anglican Patrimony Groups are a method through which groups of Catholics, who were formally Anglican or Methodist, can organically organise small prayer groups with the hope that they might eventually become established Ordinariate communities. These groups are organic because they rise up on their own, spontaneously, by people who love the Anglican Patrimony and want to see its further growth in their area. They can be missionary outreaches by the Ordinariate itself, but this is not usually the case. Most of the time these groups originate from the ground up, formed by laypeople with a particular love and attachment to the Anglican Patrimony. Some of them might actually be Ordinariate members, but they may also be joined by regular diocesan Catholics who share their affection for the Anglican Patrimony. Together with them, there might be some non-Catholics (Anglicans and some other Christians) who are seeking entry into the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate. These Anglican Patrimony Groups, or “Patrimonial Groups” for short, regularly meet to pray the Daily Office (at least monthly) while their members continue to attend mass in a regular Catholic parish, until such time that an Ordinariate priest is made available to them. These groups are by nature organic, ecumenical and evangelistic. They limit their liturgical function to the Daily Office as seen here, and when they meet it’s usually just for fellowship purposes. They don’t usually engage in other activities such as Bible studies or teaching of any type. After prayer time, discussions are usually limited to such things as the Catechism and the Anglican Patrimony if any religious-type discussion happens at all. Beyond that, it’s just coffee, tea, cookies and fellowship time, getting to know one another. Those eligible to join the Ordinariate should do so, and they make their request for pastoral oversight known to the Ordinariate. The rest just patiently