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, November 11, 2011

‘Anglicanorum Coetibus and the Church of Our Lady of the Atonement…’

November 9, 2011
by Duane Alexander Miller
‘Anglicanorum Coetibus and the Church of Our Lady of the Atonement, the Founding Parish of Anglican Use in the Roman Catholic Church, Feast of St. David of Wales, 1 March 2011′ in Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol 80:3, September, pp 296-305.

In this church review I go through the history of John Paul II’s Pastoral Provision, and the establishment of the Anglican Use in the USA, and the more recent Apostolic Constitution of Benedict XVI, Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Our Lady of the Atonement (San Antonio, Texas) is the founding parish, and by far the largest one, of the Anglican Use in the American Catholic Church. After reviewing the history behind these initiatives, I describe the liturgy and the physical space of our Lady of the Atonement.

Read it at Scribd.

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