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, May 11, 2012

Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham to be published

The Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham will be be released on 30th June.

Per the description:

This is a daily prayer book for the Ordinariate – those former Anglicans who have recently become a distinct part of the Roman Church. In creating the Ordinariate, Pope Benedict recognised the treasures that Anglicans brought with them from their own tradition and this book is replete with the riches of Anglican patrimony. It contains material from the Anglican tradition, adapted according to the Roman rite including:

* an order for morning, evening and night prayer throughout the year
* an interim order of the Mass
* spiritual readings for the Christian year
* the minor offices
* calendar and lectionary tables

For use throughout the English speaking world, this unique volume will fill an immediate need. Eventually, an authorised version of the Mass for the Ordinariate will emerge from Rome, but that is many years away.

from the blog of Fr. Stephen Smuts.


  1. Steve,

    Is there any indication what form the interim Order of Mass will take? Particularly, any word as to whether it will contain the Novus Ordo Preparatio or the Traditional Offertory?

    Thanks for the continued good work, and God bless!

  2. Hi Jon,

    I have not heard much in detail, but I did hear it stated that permission had been granted to have the Prayer of Humble Access in the older 1928 version, rather than the 1979 version that was originally adopted in the Book of Divine Worship. However, my guess is that even though the above states "for use throughout the English speaking world" this will really be for the UK and perhaps Australia, with the Canadian and US Ordinatiates using the BDW version. St. Michael the Archangel in Philadelphia published the Mass Book they are using now at this link:

  3. Thanks, Steve.

    For my part, I hope the new Order of Mass is indeed for the entire English-speaking world. I was under the impression that all of the Ordinariates, world-wide, would be using the same liturgy. The BDW has too many elements of the Novus Ordo to make me comfortable. Piero Marini and Cardinal Noe had too great a hand in its creation. I'd much rather see a liturgy bearing the stamp of the great Fr Nichols, in whom I have complete confidence.