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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Liturgical Guidelines from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Released today on Facebook (and no doubt soon on the web site), the UK's Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has released a set of guidelines for liturgical use.* Among the highlights:

1. Use of the Rite I Eucharistic liturgy of the Book of Divine Worship is permitted.

2. Slight modifications of the Rite I BDW liturgy are to be made: the words of consecration, the anamnesis and the offertory prayers are to conform with the 3rd edition of the Roman Missal.

3. The psalter from the Book of Divine Worship is not permitted; the psalter from the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham is preferred.

4. The Anglican Use Gradual (editor: C. David Burt) is commended for use for singing the propers.

*Note: The linked file is a PDF, but does not have the ".pdf" extension, and may not open with a double-click (particularly on Windows-based PCs). It will open from within Adobe Acrobat.

1 comment:

  1. Steve,

    This is wonderful. Of course it bears a Benedictine stamp, and I'm sure all the points were agreed upon before February 28th. However something intrigues me.

    The Pontiff himself must sign off on Sacramental Forms. While I know it's been planned for the Consecration to reflect the new missal translation of the N.O., would Francis have nonetheless had to sign off on #34 before this was published? Would he have had to sign off on any other parts? Given his known initial opposition to the Ordinariates and his evident liturgical preferences, I find it very encouraging if this was the case.