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, January 22, 2015

In celebration of the Holy See's vision for Christian Unity

On February 1st, Septuagesima, the chancery building for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter will be dedicated. The new ordinariate missal Divine Worship is also due to be presented at that time.

And a mere week later, on Sexegesima, all three ordinaries of the Personal Ordinariates will gather in London to celebrate a solemn Evensong & Benediction in celebration of the Holy See's vision for Christian Unity, of which the Ordinariates are a key part.

Please pray for the Ordinaries and all the people of the Ordinariate and the unity of all Christians.



2 comments:

  1. Have you any advance information on ordering the book?

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  2. Hi Richard,
    Not yet, but I am pretty sure it will be published and sold by Catholic Truth Society, which has already published the Occasional Services book (which is a very nicely done book which I gave to Fr. Bradford for Christmas).
    http://www.ctsbooks.org/search?searchTerm=divine%20worship

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