8 June 2009

G G Willis ...

... was a distinguished Anglican Liturgist and Parish Priest. At the heart of the post-Conciliar ferment, in 1969, he advocated the adoption of the 'Gregorian Canon' ... but not of the modern Roman English version. He wrote: "It is superfluous to emphasise the liturgical advantages of this proposal. Very many priests supplement the exiguous rite of 1662 by the recitation, silent or open, of the Roman Canon, so that it would be very familiar, unlike an Hippolytean rite. In liturgical quality, both of language and structure, it excells all other eucharistic rites in the eyes of millions of Christians, and it was the only rite known to Englishmen for nearly a thousand years. It says what many people want to say at the Altar, and its use would draw the Church of England closer to to countless other Western Christians, and would therefore have great value in knitting together the splintered unity of Christ's Church ... the Roman Canon is the best one available, setting forth with great clarity the fourfold action of the Eucharist, and falling into three clearly defined stages, the offering of the gifts of bread and wine, their consecration by the recital of thedominical institution, and their offering to God as the Body and Blood of Christ. It is time for the Church Of England to forsake inveterate prejudices derived from Reformation Protestantism, and to accomplish something in liturgical revisuon which would give unity and peace on the basis of an ancient and well-tried form of prayer."

2 comments:

rev'd up said...

Willis is tridentine!

Unfortunately, the only of Willis' writings available sells for close to $300US - Boydell & Brewer don't seem to want to reprint his "History."

It must be a *dangerous* book.

Speaking of dangerous, S Bobby Bellarmine's "Controversies" (a treatise because of which he was name Doctor of the Church) has not been available in English (and very dear in it's original Latin) for nearly a century. I know that Tom Nelson (ousted president of TAN) was preparing a reprint but he scrapped the project at the last moment. Anybody read it? Is it a dangerous book? I have read that it speaks of limits to papal power while eviscerating Calvin and Luther.

David said...

Father, we belong to what is officially referred to as the Anglican Communion which is a group of independant national Churches in Communion with the See of Canterbury and with each other, at least for the time being.

Rome doesn't use that title in reference to itself, their structure is entirely different from ours and frankly, as I look at our Communion these days I don't think I would tar Rome or anyone else with that brush.