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

Friday, June 18, 2010

Request for prayers: Anglicanorum coetibus in the Philippines

I got this very great news from TPC reader, Dr. Ben Vallejo. I am quoting it in its entirety here.

Bruce Hall, Rev Fr Joseph Frary of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines and I are organizing an ecumenical Anglican Use Evening Prayer. This will be likely in September at St Andrews Theological Seminary Chapel at Cathedral Heights, E Rodriguez Avenue, Quezon City. We hope we can have this on September 8, the Nativity of Our Lady. [Marymas! A very special day for me too!] No date is more proper than September 8. England is Mary's Dowry...

Read the rest of the post about this development at The Pinoy Catholic blog.


  1. Thanks for posting this.

    Anyone interested can get in touch with me or Ben Vallejo. We are both active online in various places, including The Anglican Use Yahoo Group and The Anglo-Catholic website and forum. The AU Society can also put people in touch with me. I try to stay active in that group, as active as I can be from half a world away.