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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lessons & Carols

Procession and singing of "Once in Royal David's City".

On Sunday, January 2nd, our Anglican Use congregation of St. Athanasius held our annual festival of Lessons & Carols at St. Lawrence Church. It was well attended, attracting about 45 people from the Boston area.

Singing of "I Know a Rose E'er Blooming" and reading of the Fourth lesson, Isaiah 11:1-10.

Les Hunt and his wife Jennifer, along with Les' sister Dr. Janet Hunt, organist at St. John's seminary in Brighton, played prelude and postlude, along with several instrumental works interspersed among the carols. Our regular organist Jim Reedy accompanied the carols.

Allegro II (Trio Sonata, A Major) by G.F. Handel, singing of "Personet Hodie" and reading of the Sixth lesson, Luke 2:1-14.

Six gentlemen composed the schola: John Salisbury, Chris Muldoon and Fred Brewer of the Schola Amicorum of Holy Cross Cathedral (Boston), and three from our congregation, Allen Sloane, C. David Burt and myself. Assisting Fr. Bradford were Bruce Rand, server, and Deacon Michael Connolly of the Armenian Catholic Church.

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