Congratulations to the American Ordinariate

On today’s titular solemnity of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the USA and Canada our thoughts and prayers go to our North American brothers and sisters and their Ordinary, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson.

The Seal of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Petershowing an ancient portrayal of the original chair of the apostle Peter from Antioch

The Seal of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, showing an ancient portrayal of the original chair of the apostle Peter

The Ordinariate’s website quotes the following prayers of St. John Chrysostom and others as a “Prayer for the Ordinariate”. So let us make it our own today:

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee, and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal might: Look favorably upon thy whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of thy providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, even as thou and he are one: Grant that thy Church, being bound together in love and obedience to thee, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom thou didst send, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, who hast made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after thee and find thee, bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of thy faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all members of thy holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Saint Peter, pray for us.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.

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4 Responses to Congratulations to the American Ordinariate

  1. EPMS says:

    The first prayer is called “the prayer of St Chrysostom” in the Anglican BCP and is adapted from the Orthodox Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. The next four prayers have other sources. The second prayer is translated from the Gelasian Sacramentary. The last prayer is a translation of part of the Good Friday intercessory prayer in the Latin rite.

  2. EPMS says:

    Yes, after I sent the message I looked at the OCSP website and saw why you were misled (speaking of “cut and paste” that is clearly how the heading got on their page). I considered a follow-up comment but was afraid that your readers were tired of my carping about the deficiencies of this site. Now that I have learned that the OCSP’s so-called communications director is a full-time elementary school teacher who is also trying to start up a new Ordinariate parish I have a better idea of why the website is the way it is.

  3. Matthew the Wayfarer says:

    Nobody really believes Saint Peter sat in a chair like this do they? I mean really……………………..!

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