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

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

TAC in America Requests Ordinariate; and Other Anglican News

March 3, 2010
by Matthew Alderman

There has been a lot of water under the bridge (equal parts Tiber and Thames, to be exact) in the last month on the subject of the projected Anglican Ordinariates. Our friends over at The Anglo-Catholic have kept up such a massive volume of informative and interesting postings since their inception that it has become difficult for me to keep up with them, but, at the least, the headline item in this post is quite up-to-date and extremely exciting. The Anglican Church in America, the American branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), has formally requested that the Holy See implement the provisions of Anglicanorum cœtibus. Christian Campbell has more here.


What will the new Ordinariate's liturgy or liturgies look like? There has been an enormous amount of speculation on the subject of what Ordinariate liturgies might look like, ranging from pure Sarum to the Book of Divine Worship and back again...

Read the rest at the blog of The New Liturgical Movement.

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