I find that many of my dear brothers and sisters assume that the current practices of our churches needed to be recovered because the English Reformers had lost them. They assume that the average Christian before the Reformation was given instruction in the Catholic Faith, and was receiving the Blessed Sacrament every Sunday. They assume the Reformers created the kind of modern "Low Church" where the sacrament is celebrated only occasionally.
Recently, in a conversation, someone mentioned to me "the Article against adoration." But, no such Article exists. Once again, the point at which ignorance and misunderstanding is most often manifested is Article XXV. Fr. Wells and I will get to that one eventually in our Laymen's Guide to the Thirty-Nine; but, I have written about it more than once on this blog. (Ignorance is not a sin, unless it becomes willful; neither is it cause to feel humiliated. It is simply a need for education.)
5. Sixteenth century Transubstantiation was not Catholic doctrine
What we mean today by the phrase "Real Presence," and, indeed, what modern Roman Catholic theologians mean by the word "transubstantiation" was not the target of Cranmer's criticism in his Defence of the True and Catholick Doctrine of the Sacrament. In fact, as they understood transubstantiation, it was every bit as much of an innovation and heresy as the Real Absence we attribute to Zwingli. There was nothing Catholic about it.
When you go to church this Sunday, and while you participate in the service and hear the reading of Scripture in a language you understand; and, when you go forward and receive the Blessed Sacrament into your own mouth, know that the English Reformers, those Protestants, labored, fought and in some cases gave their lives to restore the Catholic Practice of the Church for you.
There is more to say- a lot more. Much of it I have written already, and much more will come, especially as Fr. Wells and I finish our work on the Articles. Much confusion needs to be cleared away.