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, October 11, 2011

Evensong for the feast of Bd. JH Newman

The Anglican Use Congregation of St. Athanasius joined with the parish at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sunday, October 9th to celebrate the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman with a symposium and choral evensong. The talks will appear here over the course of the week, but as a first view, here is the Evensong we celebrated.

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