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

Ordinariate of S Andrew?

The Anglican Book of Common Prayer, which may provide propers for an optional new Anglican Use Missal to be authorised by the Holy See for the Anglican Ordinariates, gives, for the most part, the same Sunday Collects, Epistles, and Gospels as the Missal of S Pius V. But the Reading and Gospel for last Sunday, the Sunday Next Before Advent (taken, like most such Prayer Book material, from the medieval Sarum Rite) were, unlike the other Epistles and Gospels After Trinity, quite different from those in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. By a curious chance, the passage from Jeremiah 23 is about David's Righteous Branch, who will reign as King. When I had seven churches in Devon, one of which was BCP while the others were Common Worship, I was able to use this happy chance to preach the same sermon in the CW churches, which were observing Christ the King, as I did in Broadwood Widger (yes, I haven't made the name up; villages with names like that do exist).

And the BCP Gospel not only contains the John 6 account of the Miraculous Feeding, so suitable as an eschatological meditation on the Messianic Banquet, but also gives prominence to S Andrew...

Read the rest at Fr. Hunwicke's Liturgical Notes.

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