St. Charles Lwanga & Companions

This feast day is especially worthy of our prayerful reflection.  As Bd. Paul VI wondered in 1964, “[w]ho could have predicted to the famous African confessors and martyrs such as Cyprian, Felicity, Perpetua and – the greatest of all – Augustine, that we would one day add names so dear to us as Charles Lwanga…

Bishop Lopes on the Anglican Patrimony

[An interview with Bishop Steven Lopes, bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, is published in the May edition of Inside the Vatican. (Click here for the link to the full interview.)  An excerpt is provided below. Bishop Lopes’s comments are excellent for several reasons. In the first place, the way he…

Prayer for the St. Benet Biscop Oblates

[A prayer by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates] Eternal Father, bless and guide thy people in the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates; teach us thy ways and sustain us in living thy will in our lives.  Help us to follow the Gospel, especially…

St. Augustine of Canterbury and Divine Worship: The Missal

[Hood-doff to Clint Brand for pointing out that in addition to being the “Memorial of St. Augustine of Canterbury (per the modern General Roman Calendar and the Particular Calendar of the Ordinariates), [today] also happens to be the second anniversary of the promulgation of Divine Worship: The Missal.  Therein we may rejoice!   The text of…

_The Oblate_, June 2017

The Saint Benet Biscop Chapter is mentioned (pp. 6-7) in the June 2017 edition of The Oblate, the news magazine of the Oblates of Saint John’s Abbey.  To find it online, click here.

St. Augustine of Canterbury and Intersecting the Timeless

[Hood-doff to Fr. Hunwicke for the following quote from Dom Gregory Anglican-Patrimony Dix, which mentions tomorrow’s (27 May) saint, Augustine of Canterbury, monk and “Apostle to the English.” Another hood-doff to Brian McCord for sending the biography of St. Augustine of Canterbury, attached below, from today’s Matins readings.  And name-day blessings to Fr. Don Augustine…

Ascension & St. Bede

Blessings on this double feast day on which the feast of St. Bede the Venerable coincides with the Ascension … which happened also in 735, on the day St. Bede was gathered to his heavenly home. (Northumbria at this time of year is a splendid reflection of heaven, I’m sure.)  Here is a link to an article…

Aldersgate Day (24 May)

   Thoughts on Aldersgate Day, which celebrates the day, 24 May 1738, when John Wesley attended a group meeting in Aldersgate, London, and experienced a conversion in the form of an assurance of his salvation. I confess that my own bias leans away from interpreting the “Anglican patrimony” of Anglicanorum coetibus as being broad enough…

Liturgy & Ecumenism in Tandem

[An article in The Catholic Herald (U.K.) by Fr. James Bradley.] Professor Stephen Bullivant’s excellent article on Ordinariate worship and the “the real spirit of Vatican II” has been well-received by those of us involved with the Ordinariate. It is gratifying to read of his enthusiasm for an experience of the Roman rite that is…

How the CDF Created the Anglican Ordinariates

[Peter Jesserer Smith  of _The National Catholic Register_ conveys, here, a summary of Bishop Lopes’s 28 March address (reported here ) to a wider audience.  An excellent quote: “[T]he CDF protects the meaning of Catholic—as “unity in a diverse expression”—from the forces that would eliminate Catholic diversity for flattening uniformity …” I’m not convinced that the…

Divine Worship bei Aachen

The 18th Cologne International Liturgical Conference was held in Herzogenrath from 29 March through 1 April 2017.  On 30 March, Bishop Lopes, bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, delivered a presentation on the development of the Divine Worship Missal.  The title of the paper: “Unity of Faith in A pdf version of the…

Moving Closer, Inch by Inch

[A reflection on the first Anglican Evensong service at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on 13 March 2017. It is available on the website of The Living Church Foundation, a group devoted to unity within Anglicanism.] Seated behind the altar of St. Peter’s, with the golden afternoon light streaming down from Bernini’s window depicting the Holy…