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

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Recent Annoucement Pertaining to Anglicans and the Liturgical Situation

by Shawn Tribe

Writer Hilary White was at the recent press conference where the announcement was made about forthcoming arrangements for Anglicans looking for broader forms of re-union, and thankfully asked the question that many of us had no doubt been wondering here: But what about the liturgy?

From Hilary's site:

I pointed out that the Anglos [Anglocatholics] have a multiplicity of uses, what with the BCP, the Book of Alternative Services, high church stuff, low church stuff, broad church...and we have the Novus Ordo and the Extraordinary Form even just in the Latin rite, what was going to be the accepted form of liturgy for these envisioned Anglican-rite Catholic Masses?
He told us that while this Apostolic Constitution was only the beginning and things like the liturgy was still to be hammered out, the use that had already been established was going to be the groundwork.
He held up a copy of the Book of Divine Worship and said that this was probably going to form the ground work for the new practices.

Read the rest on The New Liturgical Movement blog.

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