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I'll be attending a Solemn Mass of the Anglican Use this Sunday. Has anyone been to one of these? What can I expect as far as how the people participate, as compared either to an OF or EF Mass? Any tips in general?
I'll also be going to Confession at that church. I'm assuming that rite will be the same.
In keeping with Anglican practice, the congregation are welcome and encouraged to sing the hymns.
If you're used to the English of the OF, you may caught a bit off-guard with the language, which is likely to be hieratic English. So, just keep in mind:
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit (not your).
At the Preface:
V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is meet and right so to do (I almost slipped up here the first time with "to do so").
The Lord's Prayer may proceed immediately to "For thine is the kingdom..."
Grab a missallette to keep your place. You will notice some very beautiful prayers from the Anglican tradition, notably the Collect for Purity, the Summary of the Law, the Bidding Prayers, Penitential Rite, Comfortable Words, Prayer of Humble Access and Thanksgiving.
You may kneel longer and more frequently than that at the OF. Communion is likely to be at a rail and under both kinds. Communion on the tongue is likely to be the norm, communion in the hand likely permitted.
From your location, I assume you will be celebrating from the Book of Divine Worship, so it may differ from the manner of celebration at St. John the Evangelist up here in Calgary, which uses a Rome-corrected English Missal (an Anglican translation of the Roman Missal in use in 1958), so some common EF practices are used here which may or may not be used where you are:
*]At the Gloria, bows at the name of Jesus, at "we worship thee", "we give thanks to thee for thy great glory", and "receive our prayer." Sign of the cross at the Gloria's conclusion ("with the Holy Ghost").
*]At the Creed, full genuflect/kneel (not just bow) at "And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary: And was made man." Sign of the cross at "And the life of the world to come."
*]Communion is offered as "The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ which was given for thee preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life" and "The Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ which was shed for thee preserve thy body and soul unto everlasting life." There is no response from the communicant.
*]The "Lord I am not worthy" is said three times as in the EF.
*]There is a Last Gospel.