Shared Treasure Lent 2017 – journal of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

On this Ember Wednesday in Lent the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (ACS) publishes the second issue of its journal Shared Treasure.

Again this edition is free online to give you an opportunity to get to know the journal and hopefully decide to become a member of the Society and support its work with your subscription and a donation. Take a look at the new website of the ACS at .

From the next issue of the journal onwards it will be available online at the website but will be protected by a code. Only members and those purchasing a subscription will have access to the current issue.

To read this issue just click on the title page below. We wish you a good read.

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Father John Hodgins reports on a visit to Christ the King Ordinariate community at the Chapel Royal, Tyendinaga Mohawk Reservation

On his blog “Peregrinations”, Father John Hodgins of St. Thomas More, Toronto, gives some interesting insight ointo the Mohawk Ordinariate community in Canada. He shows this photograph and writes:

Murray O’Coin, our friend and
candidate to become an
Instituted Acolyte
for sub-diaconal ministry
in the Ordinariate and soon,
we pray, a Deacon,
was our host this week
on the Tyendinaga Reservation.

“Murray took us to the beautifully restored Chapel Royal of Christ Church where he worships every Sunday with a growing Ordinariate community. Mass according to Divine Worship: The Missal is currently celebrated monthly in the Chapel, thus preserving the Mohawk Anglican patrimony within the full communion of the Catholic Church.

The Ordinariate Catholic community of Christ the King has its home in one of the very few Chapels Royal outside of the U.K., marking, in a dramatic way, the unity which is the hope and promise of the Ordinariates around the world.

The community dates to the arrival in Canada of the Mohawk people who were loyal to the Crown during the Revolutionary War in the USA. Mohawks at the time were both Anglican and Catholic and sided with the British against the rebellion in 1776.”

The chancel and sanctuary of the Chapel Royal, Tyendinaga

To read the rest of this blog post and see more beautiful pictures, click on this link.

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Monsignor Barnes – Attachment to Buildings

(reposted from Mgr. Edwin Barnes’ blog)

Torbay Mission

Why is it that the American Ordinariate seems so far ahead of us in England? Part of the reason I suggest has to do with buildings. Whereas in the States it is sometimes possible for the Ordinariate to purchase a former Episcopal church, this never happens here. Indeed there are some Anglican bishops who have said they would be more ready to let a church go to Islam than to the Ordinariate. It is very rare indeed (I only know of the Torbay Mission) where a church building has been bought by the Ordinariate – and that was formerly a Methodist, not an Anglican, church.

It all stems, I think, from history. Until the 1530’s every church in England was Catholic. After Henry VIII – and once his bastard daughter Elizabeth I was on the throne – every church was nationalised for the ‘Church of England’. At different times, churches have occasionally been handed over to other Christian bodies. French Protestants, for instance, were given the use of some churches when the Huguenots were exiled to England. In the 20th Century, some churches have been given to Orthodox communities, or they have been permitted to buy or share them.

Sikh Gurdwara: once St Luke’s

Also in the 20th Century there have been instances where other religions have bought or been given church buildings – the former St Luke’s in Southampton is now a Sikh Temple. The occasions when Catholics have been able to take over or use an Anglican building are very few indeed. In 19th Century Arundel there was a great legal battle when the Catholic Duke of Norfolk presumed to rebuild the ruins of the Chancel of the Anglican Parish Church where his ancestors were buried for a Catholic Chapel.

Slipper Chapel

Ely Chapel as it was

In Walsingham, the equally ruinous Slipper Chapel was rescued from its use as a barn and brought back into Catholic worship. There is the former chapel of Ely House, London, home at one time of the Bishops of Ely which had been sold and laicised long before. And that is about the sum of it.

In London, though, where Catholic congregations customarily fill their churches to bursting, the good old Church of England hangs on to its buildings even when congregations are down to a mere handful – in the hope perhaps of realising a good sum from a developer.

Italianate Wilton

I was reminded of all this on visiting Wilton. There the old church was pulled down in the 19th Century and only the chancel left standing. In its place a sumptuous Italianate church was built by the local grandee, the Earl of Pembroke; and it was fitted out with stained glass, carved woodwork and stone from all over Europe – the aftermath of the French Revolution and other upheavals. It must have seemed perfectly reasonable to the noble Lord that these Catholic artefacts should become decorations in an Anglican building.

We are very wedded to our buildings and our history, in a way which it must be hard for others – especially Americans, I think – to understand. Perhaps the time is coming when Parliament will recognise that the Church of England is no longer the religion of the country, and that it would be sensible to find other bodies to take over some of the buildings which it struggles to maintain – but don’t pray for it too hard. St Paul’s erstwhile Cathedral would make such a good Mosque.

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March 2017 – English Spirituality (from the “Called to be” website)

Ash Wednesday – 1 March; Christ in the Wilderness (Stanley Spencer)

Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959) was an English painter especially known for his paintings of biblical scenes set in the Berkshire village of Cookham, where he lived. The Wikipedia entry for him describes his Christian faith, as illustrated by his art,  as “fervent if unconventional”, which some might consider an understatement.  Here are two of his paintings of Christ in the Wilderness. Spencer originally planned forty images, one for each day of Lent, but in the end he painted only eight.

This first painting refers to Mark 1:12 – “And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness”. Are you shocked by the depiction of Christ, so different from the iconography with which we might usually pray? Is he too fat, too coarse-looking, too ordinary, too human? But as the writer to the Hebrews says, “we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.” If we are unwilling to contemplate the sheer earthiness of the Word made flesh, Christ’s forty days in the wilderness will have little meaning for us, and offer us little comfort.

Here again is Christ in the wilderness, this time holding a scorpion. The reference is Luke 10:19 – “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.” But here Christ is cradling the scorpion, not treading on it. The commentary provided by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which acquired the paintings in 1983, says that “Spencer marvelled at the empathy between such dangerous creatures as the scorpion and the power of love.” Can we, this Lent, learn to love the dangerous parts of ourselves and place them in the Lord’s loving hands, instead of trying to suppress them?

Antonia Lynn

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The Portal – March 2017

To access the March issue of “The Portal” click on the cover photograph below and then on the tab “Read The Portal”


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The “Called to be …” website

Many of our readers may recall that in the past three years the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK has organised nationwide spiritual projects under the titles “Called to be One” (2014), “Called to be Holy” (2015) and “Called to be Catholic” (2016). The next such project will be in 2018 under the title “Called to be Apostolic”.

It is less well-known that a special website exists which contains all the materials from these three projects as well as a continuing series of monthly meditations on English Spiritual Writers.

Among the materials you will find videos, two novenas and a children’s  novena, spiritual readings for twenty-four hours with the Lord, all in all a collection of over forty (and counting) different texts from the English spiritual tradition.

The monthly meditations are to be found under the tab “English Spirituality” and you are warmly encouraged to go to the site and read the various texts, especially those which we did not repost on this website, which were

December 2016 – Advent: The Coming, R. S. Thomas

December 2016 – Christmas: The Second Shepherds’ Play (Wakefield Cycle)

January 2017 – Epiphany: Journey of the Magi, T. S. Eliot

February 2017 – St Brigid of Kildare (1 February): Walter de la Mare

The meditations are selected and compiled by Antonia Lynn, who happens to be a former member of the Board of Directors of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society.

The English Spirituality is one more important element of the Anglican Patrimony, alongside the liturgy.

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Ordinariate Europe Cycle of Prayer – March 2017

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