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

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dr. Hans Feulner,

Professor of liturgical studies in Vienna delivers a lecture on Anglican Liturgy. Dr. Feulner's talk centered on comparative liturgiology, and then spoke of its relevance in study of the liturgy of the Anglican Communion, and the Book of Divine Worship. Dr. Feulner further suggested that any future inclusion of other national Anglican converts (i.e., an extension of the Anglican Use provisions to other countries) or the reception of the TAC (as was petitioned in 2007) will require a common Missal, which should include all the rites needed by such a group, including confirmation, consecration of churches, confession, and ordination. Such a revised Missal should be based on principles derived from sound liturgical study. He did not state that such a revision was in fact underway, but spoke of principles to be considered in any such revision.

This post has been edited twice, once to bring together several smaller posts that were sent via cell phone from the conference, and again on June 15 to clarify Dr. Feulner's remarks to remove any sense that he was making claims about future actions, which I did not mean to imply, as such projections were meant to be theoretical. Steve.

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