Dr Jalland's sermon (see earlier post) on the 1549 Eucharistic Rite has a fair bit to say about the 'handicaps which beset [Cranmer's] study of the Fathers'. One of these was his ignorance of the rite now linked with the name of the early third century antipope Hippolytus. Jalland writes 'The widespread interest evoked by the visual demonstrations of the Hippolytean Eucharist, which have been given in various parts of the country [by Dix since July 1948], testify to the deep indebtedness not merely of scholars, but of the ordinary worshipper, to Dr Gregory Dix in making available for English readers the text of Hippolytus' invaluable treatise The Apostolic Tradition.' One aspect of this rite which particularly appealed to Catholic Anglicans was the presence of the phrase 'we offer unto thee this bread and this cup'. This seemed to be an alibi for smuggling back into the mainstream worship of the Church of England a formula expressive of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, absent from our Parliamentary Liturgy since 1559. Thus in 1966 our Liturgical Commission recommended a rite ('Series II') which contained just this phrase; justified on the ground that 'It confines itself to the simple language of the first two centuries. It is the language used by Hippolytus ... The use of the phrase is in line with the Anglican appeal to antiquity'.
At about the same time the Bugnini revisers of the Roman Rite incorporated a mangled version of 'Hippolytus' Eucharistic Prayer' as an alternative to the venerable Canon Romanus, the invariable Eucharistic Prayer of the Roman rite for so many centuries. Perhaps this is one of the things which Bubbles Stancliffe, soi-disant Bishop of Salisbury, had in mind when he wrote about the Bugnini clique as having 'learned their trade ecumenically'.
Unfortunately, 'Hippolytus' failed in the laudable struggle to recatholicise the worship of the Church of England; the Evangelicals vetoed the crucial phrase. But it did succeed - unfortunately - in almost entirely eliminating the Canon Romanus from the worship of most ordinary RC churches, where its extreme brevity appealed to priests and people alike (despite the rubrical guidance given that the Canon Romanus was for Sundays and 'Hippolytus' for other occasions). The passion for brevity, which made Fr O'Murphy I say the Old Mass with such unholy rapidity, made Fr O'Murphy II select 'Hippolytus' with unholy regularity.
So, in the one Church, 'Hipplolytus' failed to do any good and in the other it did massive positive harm. Satan's Smoke!