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, May 18, 2010

The Future Liturgy of an Anglican Ordinariate: Four Forms - The Roman Liturgical Books and the English Missal

Monday May 17, 2010
posted by Shawn Tribe

Continuing our consideration of the possibilities presented for the liturgy of an Anglican Ordinariate, we turn now to a consideration offered by Fr. John Hunwicke, SSC, author of the blog, Fr. Hunwicke's Liturgical Notes, parish priest of the Anglican parish of St. Thomas the Martyr in Oxford, and former Head of Theology at Lancing College, Sussex.

Four Liturgical Forms

by Fr. John Hunwicke, SSC
Parish Priest of St. Thomas the Martyr, Oxford

Some things about the Eucharistic worship of the Ordinariates are already clear. Since Ordinariate clergy will be part of the Roman Rite, they will be able lawfully to use the Ordinary Form in a translation which will have received the recognitio of the Holy See - and I am of course thinking of the new ICEL translation of the Roman Rite. Doubtless many will use this rite, since (particularly in England) very many Anglican Catholic clergy have in the past used the OF. Those who adhered to more 'Anglican' forms - the Alternative Service Book or Common Worship - commonly used Anglican rites in modern English so that they could deftly graft into them Roman elements...

Read the rest at the blog The New Liturgical Movement

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