A Manual of Anglo-catholic Devotion
Well, what do you think of the manual pictured to the left (2001)--I mean the manual, not the office for dodos? This is quite a formidible piece of work, and yet I am not convinced die-hard Anglo-catholics would embrace it. What sort of spirituality is cultivated therein? I presume one should expect a distinctive spritiual framework from a prayer or office book. Yes, yes: prayers to our Lady, prayers for the king, and so on. But what is the distinctive background theological vision, as compared with the BCP 1662 or 1928 or 1979? I know, I know: "Take it and read; try it and see." But I have one of these things on the shelf making me feel guilty, and I cannot bring myself yet to commit to praying daily within it.
What are the alternatives? Reciting the hours with Phyllis Tickle? Or to go to an extreme perhaps, the aforementioned divine office for dodos? Again, I don't know--maybe these are viable options.
But then again, what does "viable" mean? You may know that the CoE's office for daily prayer is not approved for use here. I am not sure what to make of this bad boy : the Anglican Breviary, "a singularly American achievement" which appears to have been in completely kosher use from 1916-55 or so in PECUSA. I take it the Breviary is now outside the pale too, but I bet it would still be preferred to the Manual above in TEC's Anglo-catholic circles. Or would an apparent update with the BCP 1979 in mind do better, sc. the Anglican Gradual and Sacramentary ?
Surely somewhere out there someone has a word for the Glenstal or even the short Benedictine breviary? I know even less about these. I do know Affirming Catholicism is the premier organ of left-leaning Anglo-catholicism in TEC and the CoE. They offer the SSF's Celebrating Common Prayer, which I have never seen (alas!) and the St. Augustine's Prayer Book, of which my wife is rather fond; she's a baptized Roman Catholic who converted to the Episcopal Church.
I suppose one could just stick to the clear, canonical standards, say, the Contemporary Office Book, or its corresponding work-up in the almost impossible to find but enticingly exotic Anglican Service Book? I confess the Contemporary Office Book is what I usually use, although with little Anne-Marie (newly 2) I like the Anglican Family Prayer Book.