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

Monday, September 24, 2012

New mission congregation erected in Mt. Airy, Maryland

Seventeen people, formerly of Sacred Heart of Jesus Anglican Community in Mount Airy, MD, were received into the Ordinariate on Sunday. They now form a mission congregation of Christ the King in Towson Towson. Bishop Rozanski of the Archdiocese of Baltimore was present, along with Ordinariate priests Fr. Ed Meeks, Fr. Anthony Vidal, and Fr. Scott Hurd, who celebrated the Mass of Reception. Below is the beginning of the Confirmation rite with Fr. Anthony Vidal and Fr. Ed Meeks at Saint Michael's, Poplar Springs, MD. The Ordinariate expressed its gratitude for the kind hospitality of Fr. Mike Ruane, St. Michael's pastor.

from posts on Facebook by Fr. Hurd and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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