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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Washington, D.C. Anglican Use organizing

The organizational meeting of the nascent Anglican Use community of Washington, D.C. had a successful meeting on Saturday, June 12, 2010. James, the convener of the meeting writes:
We are committed to building an Anglican Use community in the DC area, and we made several important decisions. Since we hope that our group will grow as we begin to have regular services, we decided that it was best to find one place for our meetings and we decided to have the service every week.

We discussed several locations, and three people volunteered to contact those facilities to see if we might be able to use them. Fortunately, one person in our group teaches website design, and she has volunteered to help us with our second highest priority, which is to let others know about our community and its worship by helping to design a web page for us.

Our third decision was to use texts from the Book of Divine Worship for our services, which at first will be either Morning or Evening Prayer. Since the BDW is no longer in print, we plan to print the applicable pages from the BDW online and create booklets, and then print out and insert the lessons each week.

For information about the DC AU, please contact James at

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