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, June 26, 2009

Cardinal DiNardo, the Book of Divine Worship, and Thoughts on Hieratic English in the Liturgy

Friday, June 26, 2009

by Shawn Tribe

Recently, one of our readers sent in the following report, which came in the context of an Anglican Use conference that took place in June at the church of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas -- which was designed by the the firm HDB/Cram and Ferguson. Inclusive of the speakers at this conference was the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Fr. John Saward, writer and parish priest of Ss. Gregory & Augustine in Oxford. One of our readers shared a brief report and some images of the Pontifical Mass offered by the Cardinal according to the Book of Divine Worship, the liturgical book of the Anglican Use in the Latin Rite...

Read in full at The New Liturgical Movement blog.

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