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, May 27, 2011

Special Announcements from the St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Use Society

New Location in Virgina!

We have an exciting announcement regarding our ongoing efforts to begin holding services in Virginia: The pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, VA has granted us permission to hold services there, and we plan to begin doing so as soon as possible. We will continue to hold services in DC as well. This is something we have been working and praying for over many months, and we appreciate your prayers to this end.

Anglican Use Mass

On June 11, there will be an Anglican Use Mass in honor of the first anniversary of the foundation of the St. Thomas of Canterbury Society.

The mass will be at St. Anselm's Abbey in DC (directions) at 4:00pm, followed by a reception in the Fort Augustus room at the Abbey. Once again we are grateful to the monks of the Abbey for their generosity and support.

If you would like to assist us with reading, singing with the schola, or contributing to a reception after the mass, please contact us.

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