The three Ordinaries, Mgr Keith Newton, of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Msgr Jeffrey Steenson, of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in North America, and Msgr Harry Entwistle, of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia, began their visit to the UK in the Ordinariate’s Central Church in London, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, at 10.30am on Sunday 8th February 2015.
The Mass was the first public event in the visit of the Ordinaries and the homily was given by Mgr Newton who welcomed his fellow Ordinaries, saying that their visit would be an opportunity to discuss together the common interests and challenges facing the three Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans.
Later in the day the three Ordinaries were joined at Evensong and Benediction by Cardinal Vincent Nichols; Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, Eparch of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London; Bishop Alan Williams, Bishop of Brentwood; Mgr Vincent Brady, representing the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain; and Mgr John Armitage, the newly appointed Rector of the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Evensong was led by Fr Mark Elliott Smith, the parish priest of the Ordinariate’s central church, and the preacher was Msgr Harry Entwistle. The readers were Gill Newton and Nicolas Ollivant, Chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate. Mgr Newton gave Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In his sermon Msgr Entwistle spoke of his great delight at being back in London again and his equal delight to be at Evensong and Benediction, which continue to be important in the devotional life of the Ordinariates because, linked together, they emphasise that in English Spirituality the liturgy is both Word and Sacrament.
He later said, “The Incarnate Christ challenges us, in the words of Pope Francis, to ‘have a passion for mission, and a passionate concern for people in difficult situations’ while the sacramental manifestation challenges us to have a committed concern for the settled truths of the Catholic faith. The pastoral application of these truths must be pastoral and not be disconnected from the truth of the faith. Those of us in the Ordinariate have lived through such a progressive disconnection in our previous communion and we are only too aware of where it leads.”
You can read the text of Msgr Entwistle’s sermon here.
Following Evensong and Benediction a Reception was held, organised by the Friends of the Ordinariate.
He went on to say that the establishing of the Ordinariates for former Anglicans was highlighted in “the remarkable day in Westminster Cathedral when the first Ordinariate in the world was erected [in 2011].”
He continued: “It’s lovely to see the representatives from Australia and the US, where the same development is taking place.”
You can read a detailed report of what the Cardinal said here on the Friends’ website.
(from the UK Ordinariate website)