Though the comments are now posted elsewhere, the matters discussed in them are, I think, sufficiently significant, to warrant a separate post.
Father Corey French responded to my post on visiting another church while on holiday with these perceptive comments:
To this I replied as follows:
Yes, on all points. Instead of ‘With this ring I thee wed’ (1662, 1928), in the marriage rite in the English ‘Alternative Service Book’ (1980), the priest has the couple (or the man in a one ring wedding) say, ‘I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage’. The Episcopalians since 1979 say, ‘I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow’. I believe it was C.H. Sisson who said that if one has to say ‘this is a sign’, then it is an unsuccessful sign: which is also your point.
Mr. Lytle attended Mass at S. Stephen’s when he visited Marion and Dot Montgomery. He was a pleasure to listen to, both in a formal lecture and in the Montgomery living room with a bourbon. He was even more scathing about the religious left and modernist liturgy when speaking privately.
The modernist liturgies simply do not ‘work’. They are produced by people who mostly are blind to effective symbols, fussily didactic, archaeological in their approach to worship, and deaf to beautiful language. The result is that the most effective evangelical tool Anglicans (and Roman Catholics) possess is blunted. The results are obvious.