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 4, 2012

Epiphany Evensong in Virginia this Sunday, January 8

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Use Society
Northern Virginia

invites you to attend a service of

according to the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite

In thanksgiving for :
the erection of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,
and the appointments of The Rev. Jeffrey N. Steenson as its first ordinary
and The Rev. R. Scott Hurd of Washington, DC, as its first vicar general.

Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
5:00 p.m.

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
8800 Braddock Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003-4150

A reception will follow the service. We are pleased to announce that Fr. Hurd will be joining us on Sunday, and will make remarks at the reception.

We have much to celebrate in this happy new year. Please join us!

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Contact: Heide Seward
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