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, April 7, 2011


Last night's Evensong and Benediction was wonderful! Father Baca gave a wonderful presentation of where we are with regards to the Ordinariate in the United States, and we had a great discussion of what it means for Orange County.

We are off to a great start too, as seventeen current/former Anglicans have signed up to create the Anglican Use Society of Orange County and to petition for an Ordinariate parish when the time comes, and we have thirteen others who plan to worship with us. We are starting off small, but steadfast!

Read the rest of this newest Anglican Use Society chapter at the website of the new Anglican Use Society of Orange County.

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