Ordinariate Expats Easter Message 2014

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of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Easter 2014

Dear Ordinariate Friends,


If ever there was an optimistic message, that is it!

Jesus, our Messiah, has suffered and been put to death like a criminal. He has been rejected by the people, who cried out for him to be crucified. He has been lying in the tomb for a couple of days now. All our energy is spent, our elan exhausted. We are despondent, near despair. We have locked ourselves away in the Upper Room, there is no future for our community …

  • until the angel proclaims the Good News, until the women return from the tomb announcing what we hardly dare to believe, until the two disciples run to the tomb themselves and witness the truth.


It may be rather presumptive to compare the situation of some of our Ordinariate groups today to that of the disciples following Jesus’ death, but the temptation to give way to despondency is sometimes quite strong for many of us too.

The optimism of the first wave is over, our fellow Anglo-Catholics who have remained in the Anglican Church seem to have accepted the status quo, some of our groups are much smaller than we would have hoped, and we are limping where we had planned to leap and bound.

This is the time to look to the Resurrection! And from there to the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. Do you remember those cowering disciples in the Upper Room, fearful for their own lives? They are the same men who subsequently took to the road, evangelizing, baptizing, witnessing to the Risen Christ.

We Ordinariate Expats would like to take this opportunity to wish us all some of that evangelizing zeal of the apostles, some of the vibrancy of the early church, and a large portion of HOPE and TRUST in the Risen Lord.

Please allow us also to remind you of our own Ordinariate support group for expatriates living either temporarily or permanently in mainland Europe, who are either Ordinariate members or are interested in the Ordinariate. We should be grateful if you could think of us should any of your members be moving over to Europe. Please make them aware of our website http://ordinariateexpats.wordpress.com and e-mail us their contact details, so that we can greet them and stay in touch while they are living here.

With our group website we try to be a home from home for our dispersed members, we provide news and background info from the Ordinariates, comment on current Ordinariate topics, some stories about local Catholic customs, links to some of the Ordinariate blogs – and everybody is welcome to take part (either in submitting posts, making written comments, or by e-mail). Fr. Scott’s own blog http://ordinariatepilgrim.wordpress.com gives a spiritual perspective on Ordinariate issues. We would also recommend these two sites for Ordinariate members at home, who might welcome regular news and encouragement.

May God bless us all in this Easter season.

With best regards

David Murphy, contact person for the Ordinariate Expats Support Group,
Vinnhagen 6, D-48485 Neuenkirchen, Germany
( ordinariateexpats@gmx.de or: davidmurphy@gmx.de )
and Fr. Scott Anderson OLW, Picardy, spiritual director

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Monsignor Keith Newton’s Easter Greetings

Monsignor NewtonIn her liturgy from Palm Sunday until Easter Day, the Church gives us the opportunity not only to hear the story of the Lord’s passion, but also the experience of participating in it. We are there, watching with excitement, as He enters into Jerusalem on a colt. We are there in the upper room as He gives His disciples His body and His blood. We are there as He prays in the Garden of Gethsemane to be delivered from His fate. And we are there as He enters into His passion and dies for us on the cross.

But we are not mere spectators. Whilst we might cry “hosanna”, we also cry “crucify Him”. Whilst we are His disciples, like Judas and like Peter, we betray Him. We too can be indifferent to the suffering around us. Each time we separate ourselves from Christ , we help to drive in another nail.

Yet from the sin and suffering of the cross springs hope. The reaction to the teaching and example of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that there is a world which is yearning for the good news of Jesus Christ.

My prayer for you this Eastertide is that, through the Holy Spirit, the joy of the resurrection will fill your hearts and the hearts of those whom you love.

Monsignor Keith Newton
Ordinary, Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

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New Chancery buildings in Houston

The website of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter shows the following three photos in lieu of a progress report on the construction of the Ordinariate’s new chancery behind the principal church of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston.

Although the cloud cover on the photos is more reminiscent of the UK than of Texas (I have brightened them up a little here), they do give a good impression of the speed with which work is advancing.


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Australia-wide – April 2014

Click on the banner heading to read this month’s issue of “Australia-wide”, the newsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

Australia-Wide Apr 2014

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The Tenebrae – another element of Anglo-Catholic patrimony

Tenebrae 2014 Poster

“Tenebrae” is the name given to the celebration, with special ceremonies, of Matins and Lauds, the first two hours of the Divine Office, of the last three days of Holy Week. Originally celebrated after midnight, by the late Middle Ages their celebration was anticipated on the afternoon or evening of the preceding day in most places. (Anglicans, including the Episcopal Church, usually observe the service only on Wednesday in Holy Week, thereby preserving the importance of the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday observances.)

The structure of Tenebrae is the same for all three days. The first part of the service is Matins, which in its pre-1970 form is composed of three nocturns, each consisting of three psalms, a short versicle and response, a silent Pater Noster, and three readings, each followed by a responsory. Pre-1970 Lauds consists of five psalms, a short versicle and response, and the Benedictus Gospel canticle, followed by Christus factus est, a silent Pater Noster, a devotional recitation of Psalm 50 (51), Miserere, and the appointed collect.

Tenebrae hearse at Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio

Tenebrae hearse at Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio

The principal Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse. Eventually the Roman Rite settled on fifteen candles, one of which is extinguished after each of the nine psalms of Matins and the five of Lauds, gradually reducing the lighting throughout the service. The six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, and then any remaining lights in the church. The last candle is hidden beneath the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for “great noise”), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put “on the credence table,” or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence.

(This explanation is taken from Adrian Fortescue, ‘The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described,’ 1917)

P.S. I shall be attending an “international” Tenebrae at 8.00 p.m. today at our local Catholic parish church in Rheine, Germany (international because there will be one piece of music each from several different European countries) – this promises to be a beautiful service.

David Murphy

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14th April 2014 – Chrism Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street

Chrism Mass 2014 - 7More than seventy priests of the Ordinariate as well as deacons, seminarians and lay faithful filled the Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London, on Monday 14th April, for the Ordinariate’s Chrism Mass. For the third year in succession, the Apostolic Nuncio, HE The Most Reverend Antonio Mennini, was the principal celebrant. The Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, preached.

Chrism Mass 2014 - 4In his sermon, Mgr Newton referred to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, in which the Holy Father reminded us that we are called, by virtue of our Baptism, to be “missionary disciples”. “We cannot be mediocre or lukewarm in our response to God’s overflowing grace if we are going to be missionary disciples”, Mgr Newton said. He went on to speak of the need for the Ordinariate “to communicate more widely and with more vigour and enthusiasm” the vision of the great ecumenical project of which it was part. He said that, for that reason, a day had been set aside later in the year as an “exploration day” when Ordinariate groups will organise events and invite those who might be interested to learn more about that vision for unity and truth in communion with the successor of St Peter.

Chrism Mass 2014 - 5Music at the Mass, sung by the church’s resident choir, included Bruckner’s Ecce sacerdos magnus, Schubert’s Mass in G and The Spirit of the Lord by Edward Elgar. The congregation sang Just as I am, to the “Saffron Walden” tune by Arthur Henry Brown, We Hail Thy Presence Glorious to the tune by Michael Haydn and and R.R Terry’s setting of Newman’s Praise to the Holiest in the Height.

Chrism Mass 2014 - 9And for a bit of atmosphere, I hope Fr. John Hunwicke will forgive me for reposting here his own comments about the Chrism Mass:

“A glorious occasion, yesterday, in the Assumption. A real expression of what we are as a people. As ever, Archbishop Mennini came to consecrate the Oils; he knows us well by now, shows every sign of liking us, and has settled down so well with us that you’d think he’d been an Anglican bishop all his life. Vivat.

Chrism Mass 2014 - 2And fun to meet old and new friends; from the old Chichester diocese, they included my former colleague and long time friend, Fr Simon Heans, now assisting at the Minor Basilica (I nearly said “Where’s Fr Tim?” before correcting myself; one instinctively assumes that all right-thinking people will be in the Ordinariate). From the old Exeter diocese, Archdeacon Ellis and the old Mafia; from the TAC, Bishop Mercer, Fr Brian Gill and Fr John Maunder (of the Major Basilica of S Agatha’s). The cleverest man in the Church of England, Fr Geoffrey Kirk … I must not go on. All the faithful remnant gathered in: Staggers and Pusey House and the SSC and Walsingham, now with one single corporate expression and identity in our Ordinariate. A notable absentee; but he was present in each of us: Pope Benedict XVI, most learned, most saintly, humblest of all the modern popes. Eis polla ete Despota.

Just thinking of Chichester and Exeter and all the rest, calls up memories of that last, long glorious Indian Summer of the Church of England, before finally the sun set behind the clouds and the wind felt cold. To adapt Newman: “Exeter has gone, and Chichester, and … ; it was sore to part with them. We clung to the vision of past greatness, and would not believe it could come to naught …”.

But there is Resurrection.”

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The Pro-Life Ordinariate

  • 40 Days for Life
    Members of the Manchester Ordinariate Mission, led by Fr Andrew Starkie, joined ecumenical friends to pray outside the Marie Stopes abortion centre in Fallowfield, Manchester, earlier this month. It was part of a campaign organised by 40 Days for Life, which aims to bring about an end to abortion through prayer, peaceful vigil, fasting and community outreach.
  • Saturday 3 May – Mass to Commemorate Abortion Anniversary
    North Birmingham Ordinariate Group are holding a Mass to commemorate the anniversary of the Abortion Act, which came into force on 27 April 1968. Mass is at the Monastery of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 99 Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham B44 9SR, beginning at 10.00 am.

(from the UK Ordinariate newsletter)

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