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, May 31, 2013

The June issue of The Portal Magazine has been published online

The June issue of The Portal Magazine, the official monthly journal of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK has been posted.

Always an interesting and enjoyable read, it contains a nice introduction to Miles Coverdale in its Anglican Luminaries column. Coverdale was a translator (from the Vulgate and the German Bible) of the Bible into English, and his version of the psalms continues to be the version used in the Book of Common Prayer (and The Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham) and in a slightly altered form, that of the Book of Divine Worship.

The final page has an interesting article on the likelihood of homosexual marriage being legislatively approved in the UK, noting that a first step to this was changing the definition of marriage from "the joining of one man with one woman, forsaking all others until death do us part”, by eliminiating the “till death do us part” (shelved with easy-to-get divorce). This legislation, like similar legislation passed by some U.S. states is now doing away with the “one man and one woman” bit as well. The article notes that "in order to facilitate this change, such concepts as adultery and consummation have, I believe, been abolished. This should give the game away, but no, the modernisers just carry on regardless."

1 comment:

  1. Really like "THE PORTAL". Has any thought been given to the U.S. ORDINARIATE to have it's own version of the magazine? Maybe there is one but I don't know of it.