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, April 13, 2011

Further Respect for Our Patrimony

April 12, 2011
by Fr. Christopher Phillips
I know October seems like a life-time away, but there’s an interesting international symposium scheduled to take place in Phoenix on October 3rd and 4th. It will offer a series of lectures under the general title, “Council and Continuity: The Interim Missals and the Immediate Post-Conciliar Liturgical Reform.” It’s being offered under the auspices of the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, and the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, California. A primary organizer is Dr. Hans-Jürgen Feulner, Executive Director of the Department of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Feulner has been a great friend of the Pastoral Provision, and he has a long-standing interest in the Anglican liturgical patrimony as it will be expressed in the Ordinariates. There will be several interesting participants, including Bishop Peter Elliott, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, and who is the Delegate appointed by the CDF for the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus in Australia.

Dr. Feulner (left) speaking with Anglican Use Society president Joe Blake
at the 2009 AUS Conference where Dr. Feulner delivered a paper on
the place of the Anglican liturgy within the context of the Western Rite.

The place of our own Anglican liturgical patrimony within the wider liturgical life of the Catholic Church will receive something of a boost through this symposium. Along with the major lectures, such as “The Historical Development of the Mass from its Origins to Sacrosanctum Concilium,” “The Historical Development of the Mass from Sacrosanctum Concilium to the Present,” and “Liturgy – Continuity or Rupture? Possibilities for Further Liturgical Development and Its Pastoral Relevance,” I have been invited to deliver one of the 30-minute lectures titled, “The Book of Divine Worship: A Catholic Claim to Anglican Patrimony.”

The Book of Divine Worship is serving as a “template” (in the words of Archbishop Di Noia) for the Ordinariate liturgy, and it is the most important example, to date, of our liturgical patrimony having found a permanent home within the Latin Rite. To be invited to present this topic in the context of a scholarly symposium further confirms the importance of the Holy Father’s decision to give our patrimony a place of honour in the Church.

If you would like more detailed information about the symposium, and instructions for registering, you may go to this link.

From the Anglo-Catholic blog.

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