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, January 27, 2012

Mass of Reception at Mount Calvary

On Sunday, January 22, 2012, Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, Maryland, for more than 150 years the leading Anglo-Catholic Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, became a Catholic Church, the first received into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary, celebrated the Mass at which 36 parishioners were received with anointing and the laying on of hands in an Anglican Use Mass using the liturgy of the Book of Divine Worship. This video of the Mass does not contain the homily given by Father Steenson, which is available separately.

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