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Anglican Catholic Reading List

  • This page is "under construction" as they say - I plan to put links to all the stuff listed in these headings, gradually, and I hope the logic of the choices will become clear as I put it together.


1. Biblical Texts

2. Liturgical Books

3. Councils & Papal Documents

4. The Church Fathers & early Monasticism

5. Early British and Irish Christianity

6. Medieval Writings

7. Anglican Luminaries

8. Hymns

9. The Oxford Movement & Anglo-Catholic Revival

10. Twentieth Century Theologians

1. Biblical Texts

In this section I have added links to the Septuagint, the Latin Vulgate and English translations of the Bible. I haven't included links to the Hebrew text simply because I know so little about Hebrew and the manuscipts, and do not know which websites to link to.

 The Old Testament: the Septuagint

The Bible: the Latin Vulgate

English Translations

  • There are a lot of websites with parallel English versions these days, and I don't know which have reliable editions and which don't. The Study Light site has all of the older English versions, however, including all those that are significant for Anglican patrimony. It has the vitally important Tyndale, Coverdale Bible (Henry VIII's English Bible version), the Douay-Rheims - which, while a Catholic translation had an influence on the most significant of all English versions for Anglican patrimony - and that most significant translation, the Authorised King James Version.
  • The Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition) is the modern version approved for Ordinariate liturgies.

2. Liturgical Books

The Book of Common Prayer and its multiple revisions, and the pre-Reformation Sarum Rite upon which it draws (to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the revision) are the most obviously important pieces of liturgical heritage for the Ordinariate. The modern Roman Rite, however, was and is used by many Anglo-Catholics since the 1970s; and as various English adaptations of the post-Reformation Tridentine Rite were introduced during that period also, it is also deserves a link here. This for the Missals; and for the Divine Office, I have linked to the Office in the Sarum Rite and the Roman Breviary.

Ancient Liturgical Forms

  •  Thanks to a contributor, I can link to this page which is a gateway to a multiplicity of ancient rites, to Byzantine, Assyrian and Coptic liturgies as well as early Roman rites. The Eastern rites are relevant to the development of Anglican liturgical forms, considering the appearance of an epiclesis in 1549, and the forms of e.g. the Non-Juring liturgy and the Scottish rites.
  • The Sarum Missal is available from this page in both Latin and an English translation, and Charles Howard Walker's 1886 English translation is also available in a photograph-book format, which I rather like.
  • There is also this remarkable project in Canada which will eventually have the entire Sarum Breviary, the Daily Office, available piecemeal in pdf format.


  • I will link one page only for the Anglican liturgical tradition -far and away the best site for texts, revisions and editions of the Book of Common Prayer, including the first prayer book of 1549, the Elizabethan version of 1559, and the 1662 prayer book. There are also links to the prayer book of 1923, rejected by Parliament, and various proposed Anglo-Catholic revisions. The list starts with Common Worship as it is in reverse chronological order, most recent first.
  • The Book of Divine Worship is worth a mention, although it is now superseded by the new Ordinariate Use which I cannot as yet link to. It was the rite approved for the sacraments for the Anglican Use parishes set up in the United States in 1980 for parishes who seceded from the Episcopal Church, and was the interim rite for the Ordinariate until the new rite came along. It is still valid for use for baptisms, marriages etc.
  • The Anglican Missal of 1921, used by Anglo-Catholics for Eucharistic celebrations instead of the Book of Common Prayer, is available online.
  • I cannot resist linking to an American production, The Anglican Breviary, an Anglican orientated and inspired translation of the Roman Breviary. This is only a website linking to the sale of the book, and not the text itself. It is a lovely book (I bought it last year). It was a great labour of love, slowly built up from 1916 to 1955, until the hasty production of the 60s and 70s made it seem obselete. But I think the judgment of time and a slow but steady return to tradition will write a different history.
  • The attempts in the late-nineteenth century to revive the Sarum Office in Anglo-Catholicism resulted in the production of the Sarum Diurnal, partly the work of J.M. Neale for the St Margaret's Sisterhood.  

Post-Reformation Roman

  • Here are links to two historical developments of the Roman Missal, including the Tridentine Rite prior to the changes of 1955 which involved alterations to Holy Week liturgies; and the 1962 Missal.
  • Thanks to Fr Chislett who pointed me to this comprehensive website containing the material from the third English edition of the Roman Missal. There is a great deal else besides on the site (see ancient liturgies, above).
  • With regard to the Divine Office, there is this website to go to for various revisions of the Breviarium Romanum from Trent onwards, but it will only lead one to the prescribed prayer for the Hours for that particular day. Here then, are links to the entire books, this one in English published in 1908, in four volumes for Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn; and this traditionalist website with the Latin of 1911, the only place that I can find the Latin version of the breviary available for free. There is also a google books version from 1799 which is available in four books and includes the Common of the Saints: but there have been a few saints who have gone up to the heavenly quire since then, whose Commons therefore aren't included. I'm disappointed by my search: I imagined that it would be easy to find a site which had a list of and links to all the editions, but no.
  • The modern Breviary is available at Universalis.

3. Councils and Papal Documents

This section is divided into conciliar documents and papal documents. I have also included the Orthodox version of councils and synods, not least on account of the High Church attempts to foster links with the Eastern churches, and because they have developed theology (e.g. the theology of icons) that is generally accepted in the Latin West, but for which there is no comparable Western synodal consensus.

  • Here is a link to the Councils of the Western church, from Nicaea (A.D. 325) to Vatican II. It gives links to the background of the councils as well as the texts.
  • This is an excellent page on the Orthodox councils, synods, and further theological development, with links to texts on the relevant pages. (You will need to scroll right to the bottom of the first page to get to the links for each council.)
  • Here is a link to Denzinger, but it is not a particularly easy to use page.

Papal documents

  • From the same site, here is a list of Papal documents: it goes back only as far as Honorius III (1216). There is another page on the same site with links to articles about each of the Popes in the Catholic Encyclopaedia pages on the New Advent website.
  • Much more comprehensive in material, but limited historically (it doesn't reach back past the early 20th century, is the Vatican website archive of the Acta.
  • This, the main Archive page at the Vatican, has links to the Catholic Catechism as well as Canon Law.
  • The decree of Benedict XVI that set up the Ordinariate, Anglicanorum coetibus, as well as the document of accompanying legal norms, are also on the Vatican site.



4. The Church Fathers & early Monasticism

The Church Fathers are a sine qua non for Anglican Patrimony, and also Benedictine monasticism. Perhaps a rough and ready distinction between Geneva and Protestantism in general, and Canterbury and Anglicanism, would be that while Protestants claimed to take the Bible as the sole standard of belief, and to mine the Church Fathers (especially Augustine) for corroboration of their interpretation of the Bible, "classic" Anglicans were formed in their approach to the Bible by the patristic writers, and tended to have less exclusive recourse to Augustine, and to draw more on the Greek fathers. There are several sources for patristic literature on the internet: to get a high-tech searchable and indexed version of Migne's mammoth edition of the Greek and Latin Fathers, you will need to get betake yourself to a major educational institution and enrol for a PhD or something, and then get a password. Short of doing that, there are websites with links to Migne, but it comes in scanned format only; for English language versions of substantial collections of patristic material, see below also.
  • Here is a link to Writings of the Early Church Fathers in English. From what I can find, it seems to be one of the most extensive collections on-line.
  • The full texts of the Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca are available, but as you will see when you click on the links, this is not an easy website to navigate as the titles and authors of the books linked to are not given beside the number index of the books.
  • Someone has done some hard work and has listed the links with the titles and authors here (for the Greek Fathers series) and here (an incomplete list for the Latin Fathers series). Unfortunately, the only thing I can suggest for a handy reference to which volumes are which in the Latin series, is to use this Wikipaedia page as an index list.
  • This page is a handy reference for the sources of monastic life, East and West, Benedictine and the Desert Fathers: it has material from early Monasticism down to Bernard.

5. Early British and Irish Christianity


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    1. I think you will find what you need vis a vis the third edition (i.e. current translation) of the Roman Rite at the link below. Certainly all the propers and references to the lectionary readings, in addition to the order of Mass.
      may the Lord bless you in this project.

  2. Thanks, and thanks again for the link. I must get around to working on this page again soon!


Warren’s Sarum Missal in English