So after I missed the bus today, I saw that the Cathedral, which I was right in front of was having a mass. I had always been interested in seeing a Roman mass, and had planned to visit during one somewhere but had never gone. So I chose to take the chance and went inside.
It was really lavish inside the church, but despite the decorations, the mass had already started and my gaze focused on the priest the whole time. The priest 's vestments were more elaborate, and some of the words were different, but overall I was surprised at how similar it was to an Anglican service (which I guess just shows despite his odd theology, Cranmer was a conservative liturgist).
They said the Lord’s prayer, sang the Agnus Dei, and I was again surprised-as an amateur classist:thumbsup:- when “Agnus” was pronounced correctly. Then they began communion, and I was pleased when everyone, deacons and laity alike, bowed to the Blessed Sacrament when partaking of it.
Then, I left out of respect for the belief that I may not receive the sacrament due to Anglican orders being invalid-which is, in my opinion wrong.
Nonetheless I enjoyed it a lot, and it added to my religious experience, seeing as how I’m sort of caught between high church Anglicanism and Catholicism.