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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New set of Communion Propers for Anglican Use Mass

Since the Congregation of St. Athanasius in Boston moved to large quarters last December at St. Lawrence Church, we've found it advisable to make use of the option provided in both the Graduale Romanum and the Anglican Use Gradual to sing additional verses with the communion chant that we've employed for years. It has fallen to your blog host to compile these verses each week, and recently I decided to try to get ahead of the process and compile the chants for several weeks in advance; my goal is to eventually have all of the chants set with the appropriate verses and then publish them via Lulu.

Here you have the fruits of my labor so far: Communion chants with verses for the Sundays and principal feast days from the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (i.e., October 17th) through Ash Wednesday. The chants are mostly taken from the Anglican Use Gradual compiled by C. David Burt; with a few additions such as St. John and Holy Innocents which I made using the Graduale Romanum as a guide and the Douay-Reims version for the text of the chant. Please feel free to contact me with any corrections. I will hopefully have the project finished by the time we reach the beginning of Lent.

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