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 21, 2010

Anglican Use Evensong and Talk on Anglicanorum coetibus

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Mount Calvary Church
816 N Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD

A traditional Solemn Evensong will be offered, followed by a talk by Fr. Eric Bergman, chaplain of the St. Thomas More Society in Scranton, PA. Fr. Bergman will discuss the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite, the Pastoral Provision, and the Vatican's new Apostolic Constitution establishing Ordinariates for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Holy See. He will be joined by members of his congregation, and there will be opportunity to ask questions. All Anglicans and non-Anglicans interested are encouraged to attend.

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