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

Sung High Mass for Lady Day at Mount Calvary, Baltimore

Mount Calvary, Baltimore's Ordinariate parish, will celebrate a special High Mass according to the new Ordinariate missal in honor of Our Lady for the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 25. Choral accompaniment will feature motets by Hassler and Biebl. Confessions will be heard starting at 6:30pm. The Lord said, as he entered the world: Behold, I come to do your will, O God. (Introit: Heb 10:5,7)

Mount Calvary, a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, was founded in 1842 as a Anglican parish, and has a long and rich reputation for its Anglo-Catholic heritage and traditional chant and polyphonic sacred music. It was the first Anglican parish to vote to join the Roman Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate structure established by Pope Benedict XVI in the United States. Mount Calvary is located at the corner of Madison and N. Eutaw St., just of MLL Boulevard  in downtown Baltimore, less than an hour from Washington, D.C. See our website for more details, at, or call 410-728-6140. 

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