Cycle of Prayer – November 2014

cycle_of_prayer_button_webClick on the link below to access the Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer for November 2014.

Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – 201411

You are very welcome to join our international praying community as we pray regularly for all the Ordinariates, our Ordinariate religious, our ecumenical partners, the Holy Father, the Pope Emeritus, our other partners and friends.

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Jan Mickiewicz has pointed me to the following article from Christian Today, which I will repost without further comment:

Leading CofE bishop Jonathan Baker to remarry after divorce
by Ruth Gledhill

bishop-jonathan-bakerA leading traditionalist bishop in the Church of England is to remarry after divorce having been given permission by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The issue of marriage after divorce dominated the recent Roman Catholic synod of bishops in Rome where liberals and conservatives are divided over whether to admit remarried divorcees to Holy Communion.

The Church of England has a more relaxed attitude to the sacraments but even in the Anglican Communion, there are conservative evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics who would oppose such a remarriage being permitted while a former spouse is still living.

The opposition stems from the traditional Gospel view that marriage is for life.

Bishop of Fulham Jonathan Baker, who chairs Forward in Faith, the main organisation that represents traditionalists, told Christian Today: “I wrote to clergy last week to inform them that, having received the consent of the Bishop of London, I will remarry in the spring of next year.

“I reached this decision after a great deal of thought and prayer. I fully respect and understand the position of clergy who exercise their right not to conduct further marriages in church and will support them in continuing to adopt such a policy.”

Bishop Baker also wrote to his clergy stating that the marriage will be a private civil ceremony, to be followed by a Mass celebrated by the Bishop of London, with prayers of dedication and thanksgiving at the Guild Church of St Dunstan-in-the-West.

He added: “I hope very much that you will understand that I have only reached this decision after a great deal of thought and prayer. I believe honestly that this is the best way of ordering my life and will provide a strong and stable future for me by the grace of God. I want to add just one or two things by way of context.

“While I have, of course, sought the permission of the Bishop of London as my Diocesan Bishop, I have also had discussions with the bishops of The Society, led by the Bishop of Pontefract, and he and they have been very supportive. I hope that those of you who exercise your right not to conduct further marriages in church can be reassured that that is a position I fully respect and understand, and that I will support you in continuing to adopt such a policy – and would defend and explain it to anyone who came to me for advice.”

According to US religion commentator George Conger the decision to let the “flying bishop” for traditionalist clergy, who looks after opponents of women priests in the Diocese of London, remarry has “raised concerns”.

“They are at a loss to understand how the bishop dedicated to providing pastoral support for traditionalists can himself adopt a stance at odds with the position of most traditionalists — and at odds with the public position taken by Forward in Faith on divorce and remarriage,” he wrote on the Anglican Ink website.

Until 2010, Church of England clergy who had been divorced and remarried could not become bishops.

The marriage has left some traditionalists “bewildered and unsettled” according to a statement from The Society, an arm of Forward in Faith that exists to manage episcopal oversight for traditionalist parishes.

Chairman Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, said: “None of the bishops of The Society underestimates the searing grief that accompanies the breakdown of a marriage: many of us have shared this grief within our own families. The news that following divorce Bishop Jonathan Baker is to marry in a civil ceremony followed by a service of thanksgiving and dedication in church should draw the assurance of prayers from everyone, including from those who will be bewildered and unsettled by it.

“Bishop Jonathan has diligently sought the permissions that the Church of England requires for him to marry again. The Bishops of the Society reaffirm their commitment both to the Church’s teaching on Christian marriage as a sacramental sign, and to the need for pastoral sensitivity and care both for those who are married and for those whose marriages fail.

“Bishop Jonathan has been assured of our prayers.”

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI writes to the Friends of the Ordinariate

Dylan Parry wrote the following on the Friends of the Ordinariate Website:

The Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham were delighted and honoured to receive a letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last week.

Letter from Pope Emeritus

Letter from Pope Emeritus

Dated 10 October, it was written in reply to a letter sent to His Holiness by Nicolas Ollivant, Chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate.

The Chairman had written to Benedict XVI to express his gratitude for the gift of the Ordinariate. He had also sent the Pope Emeritus a brief history – translated into German – of the Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory’s, Warwick Street (London, W1). This church is built on the site of a Bavarian embassy chapel, which was pillaged during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots (1780).

In his letter, His Holiness asked Nicolas Ollivant to “convey my thanks to all [the Ordinariate’s] members”, before saying that he is “particularly glad that the former Bavarian Chapel has now become … [the] Ordinariate’s church, and serves such an important role in the whole Church of God.”

Here is a translation of the letter (based on that of Fr. Daniel Lloyd):

Dear Mr Ollivant,

Since I know that you read the German language without difficulty, I may answer your friendly letter of 1 September in my mother tongue, since my English would not quite suffice to do so.

Your thanks for the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has greatly moved me, and I ask you to convey my thanks to all your members. Naturally, I am particularly glad that the former Bavarian Chapel has now become your Ordinariate’s church, and serves such an important role in the whole Church of God. I had never heard anything about this sanctuary before, and it was therefore with all the more interest and gratitude that I read the description with which you accompanied your letter.

Once more, many thanks, and may God bless you all.

Yours in the Lord,

Benedict XVI

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Examples of Anglican Patrimony in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Part 16 – The Harvest Festival

Unlike the United States and Canada, Britain knows no official Thanksgiving feast. Yet local celebrations to show gratitude for a plentiful harvest have formed an important part of British tradition and folklore even as far back as pagan times.

Although in many rural communities the folkloristic character of harvest thanksgiving still continues, it is primarily as a celebration in church and school that Harvest Festival has come to be best known. It may therefore be surprising to learn that a liturgical thanksgiving for the harvest is a relatively recent introduction into Church of England practices and subsequently the calendar.

fruits harvest festivalThe modern Anglican tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. Such Victorian hymns as “We plough the fields and scatter”, “Come ye thankful people, come” and “All things bright and beautiful” helped to popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce. The parish Harvest Supper became another important element of the thanksgiving celebrations.

Several Ordinariate communities up and down the country make an annual effort to enrich their worship, fellowship and outreach with a typically Anglican Harvest Festival and Supper. Here, for example, are two brief reports from Bournemouth and Pembury.

“Distinctive Patrimony, and working with long-time Catholics. That is the balance which Cardinal Vincent Nichols held out as an ideal when he addrssed the Ordinariate in Westminster. Not always easy to achieve, but the first weekend in October gave us the perfect opportunity. The readings at Mass were about the Vineyard of the Lord, so it was a good time to celebrate that essentially Anglican occasion, Harvest Thanksgiving..

The Anglican Patrimony bit at St Thomas More in Iford came mostly in our hymns. We ploughed the fields and scattered, we joined the song of harvest home, we waved the golden corn, and we collected for the Christchurch Basics Bank.

Before all that, on Saturday evening several of us joined parishioners at their Harvest Supper.”

Mgr. Edwin Barnes

“There were good numbers at Mass yesterday as we celebrated Harvest Festival. This involved singing the great harvest hymns with gusto and gathering up non perishable produce just prior to the singing of the Angelus which was then blessed for distribution to local people in need.”

Fr. Ed Tomlinson

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New Mass centre in Queensland, Australia

Every piece of news about the Australian Ordinariate which suggests that it is growing is very welcome. The Ordinariate website now announces that from 15th November a new Mass centre will open at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 44 Imperial Parade, Labrador, Gold Coast, Queensland (between Brisbane and Mullumbimby) at 5.30pm. Mass will then be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings of each month.

St Joseph the Worker, Labrador, Queensland

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Examples of Anglican Patrimony in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Part 15 – The Ordinariate Use Mass and Evensong in the UK: locations and times

For the first time the official website of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK has just published the following article, listing a number of locations where Ordinariate Use liturgy is now celebrated on a regular basis:

The Anglican patrimony in practice

The”Ordinariate Use” text for the Mass, which includes centuries’ old Anglican prayers, is one of the most obvious aspects of “Anglican patrimony” with which the Ordinariate enriches the wider Catholic Church. This liturgy was devised especially for the ordinariates by a commission set up by the Holy See and was approved by Rome last year. Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is now being celebrated regularly by a number of Ordinariate groups across the country.

We warmly invite anyone who is interested in finding out more about this aspect of the Anglican patrimony to come along to one of these “Ordinariate Use” Masses and see how the beautiful words of Thomas Cranmer from the Book of Common Prayer have been integrated into the Roman rite. (Please note that the Ordinariate use Mass is as much a Catholic Mass as any other, so that any Catholic who attends one of these Masses – whether or not he or she belongs to the Ordinariate – obviously thereby fulfils his/her normal Sunday obligation.)

catholic-herald-20131018-cranmer-cartoon - kleinThe cartoon to the right, which was first published n the Catholic Herald and is reproduced on the Ordinariate website by kind permission of the paper’s editor and the artist, Christian Adams, depicts Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry VIII, passing the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street (the Ordinariate’s central church) and looking, with some bewilderment, at the sign advertising: “New Mass: words by T. Cranmer”.

Another beautiful element of patrimony which, because of the Ordinariate, is now widely available in the Catholic Church, is the traditional Anglican celebration of Evening Prayer, or Evensong. Some Ordinariate groups celebrate Evensong as a self-standing service; others combine it with Benediction. Again, we warmly invite anyone, whether Catholic or otherwise, to seek out one of these services and join us.

The list below is intended as a quick guide to when and where it is currently possible to participate in an Ordinariate Use Mass and which groups celebrate Evensong regularly. To find out more about the local Ordinariate groups and how they can be contacted please visit the individual groups pages of the website here.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated every Tuesday at 7.30pm at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, except for the 2nd Tuesday of the month when the Mass is at the Claver Convent, Shortlands.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Camp Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2EN.
Evensong is celebrated bi-monthly with Benediction. For details of when and where contact

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is celebrated on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.00pm at the Catholic Church of St Augustine of Hippo, St Austell PL25 4RA.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use (offered for the unity of the Church) every Thursday at 7.00pm at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 1 de Montfort Way, Canley, Coventry CV4 7DU.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use every Sunday at 7.00am and 4.30pm and every Wednesday and Friday at 7.30am at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon CRO 2AR.

Also at Holy Family Church, 115 Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, Croydon CR2 9LF every Wednesday at 7.30pm and every Sunday at 12.15pm.

Choral Solemn Evensong & Benediction are celebrated four times a year – at Candlemas, Pentecost, during August and for the Feast of Christ the King, at Saint Osmund’s Catholic Church in Gainford DL2 3DZ. For full details see the Darlington group page here.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is usually celebrated every Saturday at 9.00am and on the third Thursday of each month at 6.30pm at St John’s Church, Mongeham CT14 9LD.
Evensong and Benediction are usually celebrated (also at St John’s) every Sunday at 6.00pm.
Full details and any changes to the normal schedule are on the Deal group page of the Ordinariate website here.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use is normally celebrated every Thursday at 7.30pm at the Church of The Assumption, Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0HA.
Evensong and Benediction are celebrated every Sunday at 6pm (also at the Assumption).
Please check any changes to the normal schedule with Fr John Corbyn,

Isle of Wight and Portsmouth Group
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2RG every Sunday at 9.00am and at St Agatha’s Church, Market Way, Portsmouth PO1 4AD every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00am.

London (Central)
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use every Sunday at 10.30am at the Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ.

London (South)
Evensong is celebrated every Thursday at 6.30pm at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, London, SE1, a parish in the care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at St Joseph’s, Mary St, Heywood, OL10 1EG on Sundays 11am and on Tuesdays at 7.30pm.

Also at The Old Coach House, 3a Bostock Road, Broadbottom, Cheshire, SK14 6AH at 6.30pm on the 4th Sunday of the Month.

Evensong at St Joseph’s, Mary St, Heywood, OL10 1EG at 4.00pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Mass according to the Ordinariate Use at 6.30pm on Thursdays and at 6.00pm on Saturdays (usually the First Mass of Sunday though occasionally a celebration of a Saturday feast) at Holy Rood Church, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4LD.
Sung Evensong and Benediction once a term at Blackfriars, St Giles OX1 3LY.
For details contact: or .

Sarum (Salisbury)
Choral Evensong with Benediction on the second Sunday of every month at 6.00 pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Fotherby Crescent, Salisbury, SP1 3EG.

All Ordinariate Masses in Scotland are celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use:

Inverness: 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month – 11am in St Peter & St Boniface RC Church, Cathedral Square, Fortrose IV10 8TB (NOTE: this location will soon be changing. Please check by contacting
Edinburgh: 2nd Sunday of each month – 11.30am in St Columba’s Church, 9 Upper Gray Street, Edinburgh EH9 1SN.
Stirling: 2nd Sunday of each month – 4pm in Holy Spirit Church, 1 McGrigor Road, Stirling FK7 9BL.

Tunbridge Wells
Evensong and Benediction every Sunday at 6.30pm Saint Anselm’s Church, Lower Green Road, Pembury, Kent TN2 4DZ.
From January 2015 the 9.00am Mass on Saturdays will be celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use.

Wales South East
Mass according to the Ordinariate Use once a month, currently on a weekday evening, 6.30pm, Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David, Cardiff. The date currently changes from month to month (usually second half of the month). Please check by contacting:

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St John’s dressed up for Harvest Thanksgiving

(from Fr. Lee Kenyon’s blog:)

Hot on the heels of last week’s great Dedication Festival we maintained the witness to our Anglican patrimony today (12 October) by offering this morning’s principal Mass in thanksgiving for the Harvest, which is tied so very logically here in Canada to the national Thanksgiving Day which falls on 13 October.

Here are some photos of St John’s dressed for Harvest Thanksgiving:


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