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, February 24, 2010

AU Evensong on Thursdays in Springfield, MO

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Anglican Use evensong prayer services will be held on Thursday nights at 6pm at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Springfield Missouri.

Our first evensong prayer service will be held on Thursday February 18th, 2010 and every Thursday thereafter. The time for this first service will be 6pm, but that is adjustable, as we have a window of 5pm to 7pm available to us. We will discuss this further next Thursday the 18th. The prayer chapel has been made available to us, which can seat about 30 to 35 people. When our group grows larger than that, I can speak to Fr. Reidy about new arrangements.

The kitchen and dining area will also be made available to us, so we can gather after prayer for socializing. Each prayer service should last about 30 minutes, and we can stay and socialize for at least another 30 minutes thereafter. Should we want to arrange pot lucks, that can be done too.

Please contact me for directions and/or questions.

Shane Schaetzel

from the "Groups of Anglicans" forum on the Anglo-Catholic blog web site.

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