In such western parishes, do they have an Iconostas, or simply a communion rail and perhaps a rood screen, like in old Anglican and Episcopal Cathedrals, or hold on to the Iconostas of their traditional bretheren? Do they have a procession towards the alter? Is the choir in the balcony, or on the side of the alter? Do they use Traditional Orthodox Vestments or those of the Anglo-Catholic tradition? Just curious.
Dear Ian Lazarus,
There are those parishes of the western rite which will
have a choir screen/Rood screen. This is the western version of what developed as the iconostasis in the east. The panels of the Rood Screen often bear images of the Saints, and you will still see these in mediaeval churches. All Saints', North Street in York had one installed in the last century. I must, therefore, respectfully disagree with ByzantineSerb's comment that iconostases would not be appropriate in a Western-rite Orthodox church. Rood Screens may go be a different name from iconostases, and they may be in a different style, but they both have the same origins and both serve the same purpose and so iconostases, whether called iconostases or Rood Screens, are definitely a part of the western tradition, and are certainly not inappropriate in a church that uses the western rite.
There will be a procession to the Altar, as this is the western Tradition, as you will, no doubt, recall from your Anglican days.
I am confused by your use of the term traditional Orthodox vestments
. If, by that, you mean Eastern vestments, then the answer is no. They use Western vestements, which, of course, are just as Orthodox in origin as Eastern vestments. We must remember that, before the schism, the West followed its own rites and used its own vestments, just as the East did. Western rite Orthodoxy is not a new phenomenon, but rather, a restoration.
The link that ByzantineSerb has kindly provided to the modified version of the liturgy of S. Gregory is that liturgy in its continental Roman form, which, as has already been pointed out, is the Tridentine Mass of Rome, (with Orthodox modifications). There were a number of variations of this liturgy, and the one that was prevalent in the British Isles was the rite of Sarum. It was this that the Anglican Book of Common Prayer
was based on in its versions of 1549, 1551 and 1662, and is also the version that the proposed revision of 1927/1928 was based on (although this most recent proposed revision was never authorised for use). This Sarum version is perhaps closer to pre-schism western Orthodoxy than the Tridentine one, certainly in terms of the vestments used (there were no fiddleback chasubles for a start!). It is the Sarum version (with some modifications) that is in use in ROCOR and a version may be found here:http://www.orthodoxresurgence.co.uk/Petroc/sarum.htm
Also, unlike the Tridentine version of the Rite of S. Gregory, the Sarum version does
have an equivalent to the Great Entrance, in the offertor procession. The Sub Deacon and Clerk mix the chalice on one of the side altars during the Gradual, and at the offertory, there is a procession to this altar, led by the cross, lights and incense, where the Clerk collects the oblations in the offertory veil, and the procession returns to the high altar.
As a matter of interest, it may be worth mentioning that, unlike the Tridentine rite, the Sarum rite incorporated the blessing and distribution of bread immediately after the Mass, which is another similarity to the Eastern Rites. I think that by adopting Sarum as their expression of the western rite, ROCOR has made the right choice.
I hope that this is of some help.