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, November 30, 2009

Homily for the First Sunday of Advent – The Church is ONE

‘We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.’

+ In the name of the Father …

Every Sunday, week by week, and on certain other feast days, we recite the Nicene Creed, and during this Advent, I shall preach on each of its four Sundays on the Church that we say in the Creed we believe to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.

For those who are quite properly expecting the homily to be preached on the Gospel and other readings of the day – as it ordinarily should, I have printed in today’s sheet, and shall do for the next three Sundays, the Lectio Divina mediation on the readings of the day published by the United Bible Societies.

And I am preaching on the nature of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic not just as an exercise suggested because Advent conveniently has four Sundays, but in the context of the prayer and discernment which are needed with regard to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus that has offered the equal and honoured place in the Catholic Church that Anglicans – some Anglicans anyway – have prayed and worked for over many years...

Read the rest of this fine homily at One Timothy Four

Hat Tip to Christian Campbell of The Anglo-Catholic

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