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, June 2, 2010

Architecture: New Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham

Highlighted on the blog The New Liturgical Movement:
by Shawn Tribe

The Anglican use church of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas, have announced that they are pursuing the addition of a new shrine chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham:

The design of our new shrine was inspired by the one remaining fragment of the east window that was part of the 12th century priory at Walsingham, England, site of the original shrine. Rising thirty-five feet above the altar at its center, the height of the shrine in Houston will be exactly half that of the English one. The new cloister will provide not only a covered walkway between the church and the parish hall but also will add a prayerful element to the space leading up to the Shrine. When complete, we will once again have our beloved marble statue of Our Lady of Walsingham enthroned behind the altar with the Child Jesus seated on her knee...

Read the rest, and view the drawings at NLM.

There are more details at the parish web site of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston.