Saturday, 15 January 2011

We praise thee, O God.....

I know that in some church circles the very worst thing of which to be accused is triumphalism, but surely, after decades of marginalisation and despair about the future, today has to be worth a Te Deum. Given the occasion, here's one in English!
Updates: We are grateful to Fr Ivan Aquilina of the Sevenoaks Blog [ here ]  for posting on his blog regular updates on this morning's events as they happen
Our congratulations to Fr (Mgr?) Keith Newton on being appointed the first Ordinary, and we have confirmation that the Ordinariate is indeed under the patronage of Our Lady of Walsingham.
And, of course, our congratulations to Frs Keith Newton, John Broadhurst and Andrew Burnham who are making history as the first priests of the Ordinariate. As we prepare for the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, may our ecclesial separation not be a long one!

The VIS report is now here and Archbishop Nichols' homily, Fr Newton's statement as Ordinary and Cardinal Levada's message can all  be found, with other reports, at The Anglo-Catholic

Eternal Father, we place before you the project of forming the Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.

We thank you for this initiative of Pope Benedict XVI, and we ask that, through the Holy Spirit,
the Ordinariates may become: families of charity, peace and the service of the poor, centres for Christian unity and reconciliation, communities that welcome and evangelize, teaching the Faith in all its fullness, celebrating the liturgy and sacraments with prayerful reverence and maintaining a distinctive patrimony of Christian faith and culture.

Drawing on that heritage we pray:

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings
with thy most gracious favour,
and further us with thy continual help;
that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in thee,
we may glorify thy holy name,
and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V/ Our Lady of Walsingham.

R/ Pray for us as we claim your motherly care.

V/ Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus.

R/ Pray for us as we place this work
     under your patronage.

V/ Blessed John Henry Newman

R/ Pray that Christ’s Heart
     may speak unto our hearts.

V/ Saints and Martyrs of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

R/ Pray for us and accompany us on our pilgrim way

[the Ordinariate Portal]

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