Bournemouth Mission party at Mgr Barnes’ home in Lymington

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.

Fr Daryll and head server Trevor

Fr Daryll and head server Trevor

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.

Mgr Barnes' wife, Jane, serving in the conservatory

Mgr Barnes’ wife, Jane, serving in the conservatory

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.

Some guests took to the house

Some guests took to the house

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?

Younger guests enjoying sausages

Younger guests enjoying sausages

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2 Responses to Bournemouth Mission party at Mgr Barnes’ home in Lymington

  1. Br. John-Bede Pauley, OSB says:

    In response to your observation, “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,” I attempted to address this in my essay, “The Monastic Quality of Anglicanism: Implications for Understanding the Anglican Patrimony,” in Anglicans and the Roman Catholic Church, ed. Stephen Cavanaugh (Ignatius Press, 2011). Matthew Dallman’s Akenside Press is also interested in this question from an Anglican perspective.

  2. EPMS says:

    http://mgredwins.blogspot.ca/?wref=bif I note a reiteration of his “Help Wanted ” ad.

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