Is this the best schism Henry VIII could come up with?
October 31, 2010 2:41 PM Subscribe
How did I go to Anglican High Mass twice and not realize I wasn't in a Catholic Church?
posted by oneaday to religion & philosophy (42 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Somehow I had the idea that my local church (I'm in London) was a Catholic one. I'm not much of a church-goer, but I took my Dad when he was visiting (he's an extremely devout Catholic) and we both got through the service thinking it was a Catholic mass. Today, for some reason, I went to mass again and during the Sermon the dude was talking about commemorating the Reformation, seeing as how it's in our Anglican DNA and all that. Anglican? Woah. Blew my mind.
So what gives? The responses, the confession of faith, all that stuff was exactly the same as the Catholic mass. They're fine with the Rosary and praying to Mary. Heck, they even prayed for Pope Benedict. I've only been to Evensong at Anglican churches before and there was no mistaking it for Catholicism. So I'm confused.
Is there any appreciable difference in Catholic and Anglican high mass or is my local just suffering some identity crisis? For any doctrinal experts out there: should I, technically speaking, have taken communion? Or rather: in the eyes of the RC Church, did I take communion?