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, January 4, 2011

January Gathering News-Anglican Use Society of St. Bede the Venerable

Over the weekend of January 1-2, the Anglican Use Society of St. Bede the Venerable (SSBV) had its second meeting. A severe winter storm—severe even by the rather high standards of Minnesota—put a bit of a damper on attendance. Only five were present for Evensong on Saturday night, but 15 managed to make it for Mass on Sunday afternoon in the Abbey’s St. Francis Chapel. The congregation was a mix of Anglicans who have already entered the Catholic Church and of local Catholics showing their support...
Read the rest at the web site of the AUS of St. Bede the Venerable.

Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. and his sister, Susan Schleper, form the schola
as nieces Olivia and Clara look on.

Hat tip to the blog The Anglo-Catholic

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