Monsignor Edwin Barnes writes:
Hospitality is one of those elements of the Patrimony which some say is Benedictine. The recital of the Daily Offices by the clergy, saying the entire psalter each month, is another. It would be a good exercise to try to discern just how much of what we take for granted in the Patrimony is in fact inherited from the Monastic formation of the Church in England. At any event, our Ordinariate Group responds to every chance of a party.
We’ve had a summer luncheon for our Ordinariate Group each year, and Fr Darryl was happy for us to continue the tradition this year. So on Sunday after Mass about forty of us (which included a few non-Ordinarians – Catholics who regularly support us and seem to enjoy worshiping with us at St Thomas More) came over to our house in Lymington.
Sadly a few were prevented from attending by illness or prior commitments, but it proved a very happy occasion; not least because in such a setting you can talk to people you would otherwise not know very well. The weather was much better than forecast, and some had brought their own garden chairs, so there was room for everyone.
Once again, there was food and drink enough and Jane had provided two hot main dishes and any number of puddings, cheese &c. We filled not just the house and garden, but also the conservatory .The overwintering plants were pushed out to take their chance … fortunately we avoided any frosts before I could restore them to shelter.
If the Ordinariate is to flourish, it will have to make many more such occasions – we cannot rely on just one or two annual get-togethers in Westminster or Walsingham. Perhaps we need to start inviting other groups to join us across a region? I’d quite fancy a run down to Torquay, or up to Reading – and they’d enjoy Bournemouth, I think. We don’t always have to go to London to meet! What do you think?