What is a rite vs a use?


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I would like to know if the Sarum, Mozarabic, Ambrosian etc are rites in the proper sense or Uses? if they are uses why do so many people refer to them as rites???


#2

They are rites.


#3

[quote="Gloriana, post:1, topic:305698"]
I would like to know if the Sarum, Mozarabic, Ambrosian etc are rites in the proper sense or Uses? if they are uses why do so many people refer to them as rites???

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A use is an alternate form of a rite. Strictly speaking the Mozarabic and Ambrosian liturgies are rites while the Sarum liturgy is just a use of the Roman Rite (which makes sense of why the Anglican liturgy, which largely developed from the Sarum Use, is also considered a use of the Roman Liturgy at least in the form in which it is used in the Catholic Church).

Of course, people are often imprecise with their language and have been for centuries, so you will find both new and old documents using the term "Sarum Rite," for example.


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