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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Holy See approves first liturgical resources for Ordinariate

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a Decree permitting the use of the Revised Standard Version (Second Catholic Edition) for liturgical use in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
This edition of the Holy Bible allows those Catholics originally from the Anglican tradition, to worship using a version of scripture which is familiar to them. It also promotes the English Bible tradition and recent efforts to renew Catholic liturgy with more accurate translations.
Alongside this, the Congregation has also approved and confirmed the Proper Liturgical Calendar of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which retains certain celebrations in the Church year that are significant to those from the Anglican tradition. The Calendar reflects very closely the General Roman Calendar used across the Catholic Church in England & Wales, but also makes use of some older titles, such as 'Sundays after Trinity'.
These developments represent the first of the liturgical resources to be approved by the Holy See for former Anglicans who have entered the full communion of the Catholic Church...

Read the full article on the web site of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

See also the explanatory note on the Calendar by Msgr. Andrew Burnham, which begins:

Explanatory Note on the New Liturgical Calendar by Mgr. Andrew Burnham

The Proper Liturgical Calendar of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (the Ordinariate Calendar) was approved and confirmed by the Congregation of Divine Worship on 15 February 2012.

The Ordinariate Calendar is a very slight modification of the Roman Calendar, in that certain Sunday titles, which have been a traditional part of Anglican patrimony, are retained. Thus, the Sundays per annum are called ‘after Epiphany’ and ‘after Trinity’ and the ancient description of the Sundays before Lent as Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima are also retained...

Hat tip to Ordinariate Expats.

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