|Blessing the Christus Rex|
Following the Service, refreshments were served (in the Church, as we have no hall) and a very pleasant time of visiting with friends and visitors ensued. People were struck by the beauty of the worship and of the Church. A former parishioner of Anglican times attended the Service, a retired gentleman who began attending St. Columba’s as a child, and he said that he had never seen the inside of the Church look as nice as it does now. Now, that’s a compliment!
In his sermon, the Bishop reflected on the words of the prophet Haggai read as the first lesson. He spoke of the ruin of Israel, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in Haggai’s time, and his prophecy from God that “the latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former.” He left it to our own reflection to see what of this applied to ourselves, but he said he sympathized very much with our own losses and struggles which had brought us to this point of beginning again in faith in our entrance into the Ordinariate. He spoke also of the life and work of St. Columba, and the monastery which he established on Iona, a heap of rocks of the west coast of Scotland, St. Columba prophesied of the destruction of his monastery, but said that before the end Iona’s glory would be as it was at the first.
The Bishop has been very supportive of us in our journey into the Catholic Church, as has Fr John Laszczyk, Rector of the Cathedral and Vicar General, and we were exceedingly happy to be able to have both of them with us for this very joyful occasion.
And now to work; for if this house is to surpass it’s former glory, we must all put our hand to the task, that God may be praised out here in Strawberry Vale.
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Wonderful news but if the church remains the property of the Anglican Church then is it proper for a Roman Bishop to Bless it?ReplyDelete
Any church building can be blessed, wich is a simple sacramental using holy water. Another issue is the consecration of a church, which is the definite setting apart of a temple as God's dwelling place, and needs the building to be built of stone or brick, and the free of debt property of the local community.Delete
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