[quote=searcher]Thanks for your responses. I found the Church’s website and it said that it was a traditional Church using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and affiliated with the Diocese of the Holy Cross and Forward in Faith(UK). Is this one of the groups you were referring to? This Church seems much more “Catholic” than the Episcopal Churches I’m familiar with.
Yes, indeed, that is one of the Traditional Anglican groups.In fact, the Diocese of the Holy Cross is the jurisdiction my parish belongs to (Continuing Anglicans have lots of jurisdictions. Way too many). So, though I don’t know where this parish is, I probably know its rector. And we have the same bishop.
Forward in Faith (UK) is one of several associations of traditional Anglican Churches (including parishes still in communion with Canterbury). There is a FiF (USA), but the UK group is more traditional minded, and we are associated with it.
Anglicans, including Episcopalians, are not a monolithic group (and this is without reference to the current state of whether the Anglican Communion is doctrinally orthodox anymore). Running back into its history, Anglicanism has had a spectrum of doctrinal beliefs, and a spectrum of liturgical styles, ranging from more reformed and low church, to Anglo-Catholic and high church. When the current movement to separate from ECUSA and other official Anglican churches began, about 30 years ago, the first departees were primarily on the Anglo-Catholic side, since the first offenses that ECUSA perpetrated were against the liturgy and Holy Orders, things that were of particular interest to the Anglo-Catholics (many of whom consider themselves part of that same One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church as is the RCC and the Eastern Churches). And so, the “flavor” of the Traditional Anglican movement was, and to an extent, is, Anglo-Catholic. This is by no means an absolute. Anglo-Catholics, particularly ones using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and the Anglican Missal, do look a lot like the old Tridentine RCs. Of course, Rome considers all Anglican orders to be invalid, but that’s not a real issue with us.
I’m glad that we have another parish church in the diocese and that apparently it is an attractive one. Thanks for letting me know.