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, August 20, 2010

It was 30 years ago today...

That Pope John Paul II greenlighted the granddaddy of the ordinariates, the Pastoral Provision (ordaining married convert ex-Anglican priests), which begat the Anglican Use, a splice of ICEL Novus Ordo and 1979 Rite I Anglo-Catholic practice in Texas...

Read the rest of the post and see a video of the Anglican Use Mass with Archbishop Gomez as celebrant at A Conservative Blog for Peace

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