It is the pick and choose of the western-rite that I cannot appreciate.
Same here. But a quick correction:
The Anglican BCP mass from 1549 - nearly 600 years after the western church schismed into heterodoxy is called Sarum by some and with some tweaking is made Orthodox.
This is incorrect. The Anglican BCP 1549 was principally patterned after the Sarum rite, but was edited in distinctly Protestant ways (the 1559 edit would take it much further).
The Sarum rite itself was founded by the Norman Bishop of Salisbury, Osmund, in the 11th century (IIRC, in the 1170s). Though England was clearly politically
on the side of Rome at this point (thanks in part to the Norman invasion), the full east/west schism was not complete at that time.
England also had several other Catholic local uses (the Hereford, the York, etc.) which existed until the Act of Uniformity enforced the prayerbook across the nation. If you read the preface to the BCP, it explicitly states that its goal was to suppress all the old local uses. This was Cranmer's way of enforcing theology, by controlling liturgy.
All of that said, attempting to 'Dox the old liturgies is a little funny because [IIRC] we don't have surviving copies of the entire thing, at least in regard to the Sarum.
Perhaps a bit more than anyone cared to know.
I don't doubt that it can be made Orthodox vut it was 600 years non-canonical before it was written because the western church was in schism and heresy. Then we have the "English mass" which is another BCP version, a Tridentine mass which is really the English missal mass tweaked........ and none of these have been the shared experience of bishops, priests and people for anything less than the last 50 years because the early 20th century western rite collapsed, the French Orthodox Church embraced schism and Rome till a few came back via the Serbian Church....
More of the same problems I have, but...
To me the western-rite is false not because the history of western Orthodoxy is anything less than glorious - we all commemorate the western Orthodox saints but because it has had no real diocesan and parish life, no lived experience, generation after generation. As a westerner there is a certain humility in coming to Christ in the eastern rite - an admission that the Anglicans and Romans got it wrong, and while I appreciate the beauty of the Book of Common Prayer offices etc, that does not make them right - or a rite for western Orthodox today.
I can't go this far. I may not really be a fan of just cleaning up their liturgies, but then I am not a bishop. I would not have a problem attending a WRO church if that was what was available with no Byzantine or Russian Rite around. The sacraments are still valid, even if I don't care for Anglican liturgy.