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

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Evensong at Mount Calvary Baltimore, Sunday, January 22, 2012

Here's the final video from last weekend's hat trick of Anglican Use Liturgies in Washington and Baltimore. Mount Calvary, which regularly celebrates Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 on Sundays, hosted members of the St. Thomas More Society from Scranton, PA, as well as other well-wishers like myself on the Eve of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Fr. Dwight Longenecker, of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenville, South Carolina was the preacher, and focused on Newman's retreat to Littlemore. The music, like that of the earlier Mass and the evensong of the day before in D.C. was superb and uplifting.

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