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Title: Western Rite Orthodoxy as a Liturgical Problem
Author(s): TURNER, Jack
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 63    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2011   
Pages: 333-352
DOI: 10.2143/JECS.63.3.2149625

Abstract :
Western Rite Orthodox not only use a different liturgy from the majority of their Orthodox brethren, but also utilise a different Western liturgy than the majority of the non-Orthodox West. By continuing to use the Tridentine Rite or the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer liturgies, or more ancient Western liturgies reconstructed from extant sources, Western Rite Orthodox have made an explicit stand against the changes to the liturgy made after Vatican II. However, the nostalgia Western Rite Orthodox express for pre-Vatican II liturgy masks the very real problems inherent in those liturgies, the nature of the reforms, the nature of the Tridentine reform itself, and the difficulties posed by official endorsement of the Tridentine liturgy when the newer rites may be superior from an Orthodox perspective. Thus, for Eastern Orthodox and the non-Orthodox West, Western Rite Orthodoxy represents a liturgical problem in need of reflection.