Having now examined the contents of the new Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham as diligently as I could, and used it in my prayers over the last few days, I must say it is a most commendable publication. It affords the Ordinariate(s), and the wider English-speaking Catholic world, not only forms of service (Mattins, Evensong, Compline, Litany, etc.) drawn from the uncontroversially good aspects of Anglicanism, but perhaps most especially a valuable collection of readings taken from that same tradition, reminding all that the Anglican Patrimony is not merely a mode of celebrating the liturgy (let alone "eleven o-clock Mattins followed by the vicarage tea-party"), but a distinct theological and spiritual school that can indeed flourish in full communion with the wider Church.
I may have certain quibbles about details of the liturgical arrangements provided, but that is all they are; I have specified my various critiques in the last several posts I have made on this subject, which for convenience I give as links below:
- Ordinariate Mattins and Evensong;
- Customary Readings [including a short index of all the readings in the Customary];
- Customary Queries;
- Customary Queries – II;
- The number and hardness of the rules called the Pie.