The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cistercian Abbey using psalms from Book of Divine Worship in new antiphonary

There seems to be a fair amount of interest in our new psalter and antiphoner (or antiphonarium, antiphonal, or antiphonale, depending upon your preferences). (See previous post on our new books here.)
Below you’ll find three files: The antiphoner pages for Vespers of Trinity, the psalter pages for Vespers of Sunday, and an MP3 with the antiphons and psalmody of Trinity Vespers. (There was going to be an MP3 of all of vespers, but the recorder’s batteries died in the middle of the hymn.)
Several of you have already noted that the psalms appear to be those of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. That is the case though, for purposes of licitness, I suppose I should call them the psalms of the Anglican Use’s Book of Divine Worship.
Why, you may ask, are Roman Catholic monks using an Anglican psalter? There are at least three reasons...

Read the rest at The Subtuum blog.

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