Our Lady of Atonement Church

I was doing a search for the Order of the Mass (NO), and I came across the website for Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church. The Mass schedule says:
The Sunday morning Masses are according to The Book of Divine Worship, Rite I, and the Sunday evening Mass is celebrated in Latin according to the Missal of Paul V

As I looked at the Order of the Mass, it seemed to be a mixture of some of the Eastern rites, but I got confuzzled by the Latin Mass offering…

Any thoughts, ideas, clarifications?

I found my answer… but it does sound most interesting!

Our Lady of the Atonement Church is a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and is the first of several “personal parishes” erected in the United States for the Anglican Use Liturgy. This parish has no affiliation with the so-called “Continuing Anglican Movement,” nor with any branch of the Episcopal or Anglican churches. Rather, its members, many of whom are converts from the Episcopal Church, have been granted permission to retain some elements of the Anglican liturgical heritage while being fully Roman Catholic. Throughout the world the Catholic Church has numerous liturgical rites all under the authority of the Roman Pontiff, and the Church has always taught that there can be legitimate diversity in unity. While the liturgy used at Our Lady of the Atonement Parish is not a separate Rite, it is the only approved variation of the Latin Rite in the United States.
The creation of the “Anglican Use” parishes stemmed from the statement made by Pope John Paul II in 1980, as a result of a proposal from the bishops of this country to develop terms under which former Episcopal clergymen and other members of the Episcopal Church could be admitted to full communion in the Catholic Church while still retaining some elements of their liturgy, tradition and devotional life.

I’ve thought that I would like to retire in San Antonio just so I could attend this parish.

You’ve heard of it before? It sounds absolutely lovely!
And I love how their Church looks like a Church!
There are so many lovely things that the Anglicans have held on to. I am so glad JP2 allowed them the creation of this personal parish to remarry Anglicanism and Catholicism. It’s the best of both worlds.

There was, for a very brief time, a parish here in Las Vegas that was Anglican use. The mass was lovely.

And yes, the Church of the Atonement is living proof that you CAN build a church properly these days.

There are several Anglican Use parishes in the US. There is one is Houston too - Our Lady of Walingsham. :thumbsup:


How did I know you would like an Anglican liturgy? :wink:

For awhile I’ve wanted to just hop on a plane to Texas just to attend this parish once. Although a somewhat regular trip up to Scranton for the Anglican Use Mass there is a pretty fitting (and less expensive!) substitute.

There’s one in Scranton? How many hours from Baltimore is that, I wonder?

I have sung professionally in the choir of an Episcopal church for nearly 20 years, and I just love the elegance of the language, even in the “new” prayerbook that was so controversial when it came out in the 70’s. I particularly love the new prayerbook version of the psalms - we have sung most of them in wonderful Anglican chant over the years. But it is sad that they do not validly confect the Eucharist or receive anything other than “spiritual food,” as they say.

If we had an Anglican Use parish here, I’d join it in about 5 seconds. My DH gave me a copy of the Book of Divine Worship for Christmas a couple of years ago. It’s thick and ungainly, but so beautiful!


I can still recite the prayer of humble access (“But thou art the same Lord Whose property is always to have mercy!”).

Our Lady of Atonement is my parish of choice when in San Antonio. My family thinks it is that teeny bit of Anglican heritage from my great-great grandfather, an Anglo-Irishman.

I think I just prefer reverence in the venacular.

And OLA has a very good school!

Oh, how I wish there were a law school in San Antonia for DH to attend. pout

Two questions.

First, regarding the Anglican Use parishes specifically, does anyone know is following Summorum Pontificum if there will be any movement towards using the Sarum Rite in these parishes?

Regarding the Catholic Church in England, does anyone know if there is now any movement to restore the Sarum Rite (which I believe was only replaced by the Tridentine after the reformation due to priests being trained out of country)

I’d personally like to see all of the Latin Rites restored together with the Traditional Roman Rite.

I think the Sarum was one of the rites suppressed when Trent codified the Mass.

I’ve got the DVD offered by that parish, it’s a wonderful liturgy :slight_smile:

No, it met the required age for continued usage. Here’s a good article from the Catholic Encyclopedia which basically says it was allowed to fall into disuse:


As an aside, the Sarum rite was actually considered a part of the Roman rite, not a separate rite of itself (kind of like we have the two forms today).

Here’s a video of the Sarum rite:


I was unaware St. Mary’s closed. Here is is their link:


There was an Anglican Use in Austin, but it closed… that makes me sad.

While I was in dental school in San Antonio, I was a parishioner of Oru Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (3 out of my 4 years in school). It was heaven on earth. I literally pined away for Sunday to hurry and get here. I took a friend who was entering the Jesuits to church there, and he said, “THAT’S how Mass should be EVERY time, EVERYWHERE!”

When I graduated from school and moved, I was so deflated by the 70’s mood music that haunts so many parishes that I started a men’s Gregorian chant schola (www.brazoschant.org) with my best friend (who was trained to sing in a Cathedral choir). We now enjoy much support from the local congregations and clergy. Our membership has grown from 3 to 12 in four years. I trace this back to my time singing in the choir at Atonement.

People move to be near this parish. It is one of the smallest parishes, but on Pro-life occasions, they are very well-represented. They have a Latin Novus Ordo Mass in the evening, but their signature Mass is the Anglican Use High Mass. The architecture is magnificent (and growing in size), and the artwork truly brings you into a prayerful state of mind.

It is more Catholic than any other parish I have ever been a member of, and I miss my time there.

How many parishes can a member say all of these things about?

Most traditional parishes and chapels.

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