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Late Night: The Use of Sarum


Before the twentieth-century changes, before the Tridentine Mass, there were several different rites, or “uses”, of Christian worship in pre-Dissolution England.

Seemingly every city large enough to support a cathedral had its own “use”, but the one that became favored throughout the southern half of England was Salisbury’s rite, or the Use of Sarum. The video above shows High Mass according to the Use of Sarum — it’s called “Use of Salisbury” here but the usual term is “the Use of Sarum”. (I thought it might be appropriate, being that today is Sunday.) I’m not Catholic, but I find myself fascinated by the older forms and rituals of that church.

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