Ordinariate Chrism Mass: Comment and Photographs

4 04 2012

Joanna Bogle writes:

A Chrism of history…

 …as the Papal Nuncio concelebrated the first Chrism Mass for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Over 60 former Anglican clergy, and five former Anglican bishops, all now in full Communion with the universal Church, were joined by a packed congregation at St James’, Spanish Place…it was a great privilege to be there and something that I will never forget.

Glorious music, a beautiful and reverent liturgy, the roar of strong voices affirming promises of commitment to the sacred priesthood, a fine sermon by Mgr Keith Newton. As has become a little tradition at Chrism Masses, members of the Association of Catholic Women handed out small holy cards to all the clergy as they arrived, with a message of thanks for the service they give to the Church.

The Sacred Oils were brought up to the altar in procession with the hosts and wine before the Offertory – the Sisters of the Ordinariate in their blue religious habits and veils,were in the procession bearing the gifts.

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Deo Gratias.

Photos here





Holy Father greets Ordinariate Pilgrims

22 02 2012

From Rome Reports: click here for a video of the Holy Father’s catechesis.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today the Church celebrates Ash Wednesday, the beginning of her Lenten journey towards Easter.  The entire Christian community is invited to live this period of forty days as a pilgrimage of repentance, conversion and renewal.

In the Bible, the number forty is rich in symbolism.  It recalls Israel’s journey in the desert, a time of expectation, purification and closeness to the Lord, but also a time of temptation and testing.  It also evokes Jesus’ own sojourn in the desert at the beginning of his public ministry, a time of profound closeness to the Father in prayer, but also of confrontation with the mystery of evil.

The Church’s Lenten discipline is meant to help deepen our life of faith and our imitation of Christ in his paschal mystery.

In these forty days may we draw nearer to the Lord by meditating on his word and example, and conquer the desert of our spiritual aridity, selfishness and materialism.  For the whole Church may this Lent be a time of grace in which God leads us, in union with the crucified and risen Lord, through the experience of the desert to the joy and hope brought by Easter.

I greet all the English-speaking visitors present at today’s Audience, especially those from England, Belgium, Norway, Canada and the United States.  I offer a special welcome to the faithful of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on the occasion of their pilgrimage to the See of Peter.  I greet the pilgrim group from the Diocese of Antwerp, and I thank the choirs for their praise of God in song.  With prayerful good wishes for a spiritually fruitful Lent, I invoke upon all of you God’s abundant blessings!





Rome Reports: Ordinariate for former Anglicans visits Pope and Rome

22 02 2012




Houston Chronicle: Chair of St Peter Photo Gallery

13 02 2012

To see pictures of the Mass of Institution for the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, click here.





Vatican Radio interviews Fr Jeffrey Steenson

5 01 2012

Fr Steenson is interviewed here.





Video: US Ordinariate Press Conference

4 01 2012

Monday’s press conference can be viewed here.





Manchester Ordinariate Group hosts day on Mary

20 11 2011

Manchester Ordinariate Group, led by Fr Andrew Starkie, hosted a Study Day on Our Lady, given by Fr Agnellus Murphy FI.  Here is part one of Father Murphy’s address: