My statistics page picked up a site sending 7 hits to my page on the Sarum Use. This is the Fish-Eaters’ traditionalist forum running a thread on the liturgy. I am intrigued by the title, because there are loads of people who enjoy fish and seafood even on days other than Fridays. I am also amused at what fasting and abstinence rules have become, when technically a Catholic can eat lobster and caviar on Good Friday without offending! Perhaps eating vegetarian or vegan on fasting days might be more appropriate and authentic. Anyway…
In it, someone using the name formerbuddhist has this to say of me.
https://sarumuse.wordpress.com/the-use-of-sarum Good old Father Anthony Chadwick offers the Sarum Liturgy from his little chapel in Normandy. He’s got quite a lot of information on it, and is himself quite an interesting guy. Sarum is probably never going to be revived on the mainstream level though, just like I’d argue neither will the Roman Rite and the full calendar as it was prior to 62 reforms, or before that the Pian ones.
Liturgies come and go, but they are interesting to study no doubt.
He seems to be writing about some glorious old bugger like Fr Montgomery. Don’t the years go by fast! I also recommend the Fish-Eaters my static site As the Sun in its Orb.
I haven’t much left to say about Sarum. I am working on a missal based on the Warren translation to make it as practical as using a modern Tridentine missal or our standard Anglican Missal. I would like it to be available for posterity, like the magnificent work being done in Canada by Dr Renwick on Latin and English versions of the Office with chant.
I think it does go without saying that Sarum isn’t going to be revived at any mainstream level. Our Buddhist convert (if that’s what he is) is honest enough to say that the fate of the pre-1962 Roman books is about the same.
There is not much to discuss about it. We need to see our vocations in life from a higher standpoint. As St Paul put it: We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. I am not mainstream nor do I have any calling to serve the mainstream. The trick is making sure someone takes care of our work in the event of our deaths, so that nothing is lost. I remember the case of Dr Raymond Winch in Oxford whose house would have been cleared out into rubbish bags had it not been for a careful soul who saved most of the papers and unpublished work. It is too easy for an eccentric to allow things to get untidy, because if they do, they will be lost.
I intend as much as possible to organise my computer archives on my external hard disk and think of where it should all be sent in the event of my lifeless body being found spread-eagled on my chapel floor or in some dreadful hospital. One must have order and discipline if anything is to survive.
We won’t find Sarum liturgies in parishes, probably ever, but the work must continue as was begun by university scholars in the mid nineteenth century. We use their work and make it progress – and we hope that our work will make some impression in the future.
I have often had the question. What is the use of it all anyway, since no one is interested in the liturgy? Not even the run-of-the-mill Roman Catholics? As with anything, I think of the quote from St Paul and the gratuity of the contemplative vocation. We are there for God and the good of our own souls, not for some social or political agenda. It sounds selfish, as contemplative life has always been judged by the “neurotypicals” of this world.
It isn’t about details of what a priest wears, the bits and pieces – but a whole attitude to life that is not of this world. That is the spirit of this blog and my view of life.