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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Liturgical Book for the Personal Ordinariates

The first official liturgical book for the Personal Ordinariates to be provided under the auspices of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus, will be published in the UK next week. Divine Worship Occasional Services will be available from 25 March from the Catholic Truth Society, priced at £40. The book contains the Order for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony, the Order of Funerals, the Rite of Infant Baptism, as well as Holy Baptism and Confirmation for Adults and Older children. It will be leather-bound and gilt-edged. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Divine Worship have decided on the generic title, Divine Worship for the entire liturgical provision for the Personal Ordinariates, though the term "Ordinariate Use" may still be used as shorthand. The Order of Mass is likely to be published within the year.
The CTS website, where the book will be available from 25 March can be accessed by clicking here.

from the web site of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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