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

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Evensong and memorial service

An evensong and memorial service in memory of Lawrence Gaylord Jones (July 8, 1922 - November 24, 2008), erstwhile professor in the Slavic and Eastern Languages department of Boston College was held in St. Mary's Chapel at Boston College on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm.
Dr. Jones, a noted professor of Russian poetry and religious philosphy, was a convert from the Episcopal Church. A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jones came to Boston and was a link between the European professoriat that fled Europe in the dark times of the 1930s and 40s and the contemporary error, having studied under noted professors who emigrated to the U.S.
The service was presided over by the Most Rev. John P. Boles, auxiliary bishop of Boston, who befriended Dr. Jones while he was pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Included within the service was the Bach cantata 106 Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, performed by the Ensemble Abendmusik directed by John Finney. The service was arranged by Dr. Michael Connolly, professor in the Slavic and Eastern Languages of Boston College, deacon of the Armenian Catholic Church, and frequent assistant at services of the Anglican Use congregation of St. Athanasius in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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