Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Reader's Question on Chair of Peter Ordinariate Office

Once in a while someone asks a question that I cannot answer. In case any of you can, here it is:

Do you happen to have any information about any work being done on the Divine Office for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter? (The UK Ordinariate already has its own Customary, but it is only approved for use within its jurisdiction.) Thanks!

- Tom

Anybody have any info on this?


  1. I think that the office for the U.S. ordinariate is contained in the missal Divine Worship. I would recommend looking at the customary if you haven't already it is very well done even if it is meant for the U.Know. rather than U.S. ordinariate.

  2. They don't use the Divine Office. Instead they use what is called the Daily Office which is similar to the Book of Common Prayer. I quote, "Briefly, it is a provision for an "Anglican style" liturgy similar to the Book of Common Prayer as an ecclesiastically approved variant on the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. The official text of the Anglican Use Daily Office is published in The Book of Divine Worship; this internet site is based on that text." One website shows this on a daily basis:

  3. Here is Bishop Lopes' answer:

    "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has recently sent the three ordinariates guidelines for what morning and evening prayer should look like in the ordinariates: the minimum requirements, the structure and whatnot. The ordinariates themselves are producing their resources. There is one book out already in England, the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham. There will be another for the United States, and Australia is considering its options too, so those are forthcoming."

  4. The major work and updating has been completed for the new Ordinariate Offices in the United States, and is in a pre-publishing stage at the moment. No word yet though how soon they will be published, or by what publisher.

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