Thursday, May 27, 2004

Not Latitudinarian, but Altitudinarian

Does High Church Anglicanism exist? If not, when did it die? Anglicans and other Christians today refer to many practices as "High Church" which are in fact strictly speaking sub-Tractarian, ritualist or Anglo-Catholic. I should qualify my initial question by asking if pre-Tractarian High Church Anglicanism still exists in any recognizable form. Personal observations have tended to give me the feeling that what passes for "Low Church, Prayer Book Evangelical" (where such is to be found) is probably much closer to the classical High Church life described by G.W.O. Addleshaw and George Every.


Blogger Peregrinator said...

At my parish we are classically high:

Choral Matins and Evensong. No chasubles - tippet and hood. We're pre tractarian, Caroline "high" because of:

colored stoles for HC (okay, sub-tractarian)
mixed chalice
chrism at baptism
ad orientem at the altar
rood screen
28 BCP only (Rite 2 would never be tolerated)
the Litany is employed weekly
we keep only two "altar lights" on the altar
no elevations
no genuflections
altar rails

May 29, 2004 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Recently, I had to learn the distinction myself. High Church being the party of John Henry Hobart and others who contrasted themselves from A.V. Griswold (ironically) and the Evangelical party prior to the Oxford-Cambridge Movements. The High Churchmen did not see the Chcurch of England in the same catergory as the protestant denominations, but certainly sought no unity with Rome. For them Apostolic Succession was a non-negotiable, but a dramatic personal conversion after (infant) Baptism was not necessary. Hence their opposition to the revivalism of Wesley, Whitefield, and Edwards.

June 1, 2004 at 9:39 AM  

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