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

Friday, October 21, 2011

Healey Willan Society Established by Canons Regular of St. John Cantius


NLM readers will know that I have mentioned before the great work of the composer Healey Willan, particularly within the context of the potential for English chant and polyphony. Accordingly, I was delighted to hear that the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have established the Healey Willan Society "in consultation with Mrs. Mary Willan Mason [daughter of Healey Willan], for the purpose of fostering the musical works of Healey Willan."

Not only this however, the Canons Regular share the good news that this past June, Mary Willan Mason legally entrusted the musical legacy and estate of her father to them...

Read the rest at The New Liturgical Movement

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