31 March 2010

At last... a proper strepitus!

After years of pounding pews, throwing books, stomping feet, and crashing chairs, we now have a suitable instrument for the strepitus - the noise made at the end of Tenebrae, symbolizing the earthquake which took place at the time of our Lord's death.  We made it out of a piece of sheet metal and attached a wooden handle to it.  When it's shaken it gives a wonderful sound, almost like an earthquake and thunder combined.

So, no more crashing and banging. We have a proper strepitus.

Cardinal Levada speaks out...

Cardinal Levada has written a terrific article which points out the vicious agenda the New York Times is carrying out against the Catholic Church, and our Holy Father in particular.

The New York Times and Pope Benedict XVI: how it looks to an American in the Vatican

By Cardinal William J. Levada
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

In our melting pot of peoples, languages and backgrounds, Americans are not noted as examples of “high” culture. But we can take pride as a rule in our passion for fairness. In the Vatican where I currently work, my colleagues – whether fellow cardinals at meetings or officials in my office – come from many different countries, continents and cultures. As I write this response today (March 26, 2010) I have had to admit to them that I am not proud of America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, as a paragon of fairness.

I say this because today’s Times presents both a lengthy article by Laurie Goodstein, a senior columnist, headlined “Warned About Abuse, Vatican Failed to Defrock Priest,” and an accompanying editorial entitled “The Pope and the Pedophilia Scandal,” in which the editors call the Goodstein article a disturbing report (emphasis in original) as a basis for their own charges against the Pope. Both the article and the editorial are deficient by any reasonable standards of fairness that Americans have every right and expectation to find in their major media reporting.

In her lead paragraph, Goodstein relies on what she describes as “newly unearthed files” to point out what the Vatican (i.e. then Cardinal Ratzinger and his Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) did not do – “defrock Fr. Murphy.” Breaking news, apparently. Only after eight paragraphs of purple prose does Goodstein reveal that Fr. Murphy, who criminally abused as many as 200 deaf children while working at a school in the Milwaukee Archdiocese from 1950 to 1974, “not only was never tried or disciplined by the church’s own justice system, but also got a pass from the police and prosecutors who ignored reports from his victims, according to the documents and interviews with victims.”

But in paragraph 13, commenting on a statement of Fr. Lombardi (the Vatican spokesman) that Church law does not prohibit anyone from reporting cases of abuse to civil authorities, Goodstein writes, “He did not address why that had never happened in this case.” Did she forget, or did her editors not read, what she wrote in paragraph nine about Murphy getting “a pass from the police and prosecutors”? By her own account it seems clear that criminal authorities had been notified, most probably by the victims and their families.

Goodstein’s account bounces back and forth as if there were not some 20 plus years intervening between reports in the 1960 and 70’s to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and local police, and Archbishop Weakland’s appeal for help to the Vatican in 1996. Why? Because the point of the article is not about failures on the part of church and civil authorities to act properly at the time. I, for one, looking back at this report agree that Fr. Murphy deserved to be dismissed from the clerical state for his egregious criminal behavior, which would normally have resulted from a canonical trial.

The point of Goodstein’s article, however, is to attribute the failure to accomplish this dismissal to Pope Benedict, instead of to diocesan decisions at the time. She uses the technique of repeating the many escalating charges and accusations from various sources (not least from her own newspaper), and tries to use these “newly unearthed files” as the basis for accusing the pope of leniency and inaction in this case and presumably in others...

Read the whole article here.


I wrote this for The Anglo-Catholic, but decided to post it here also.

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Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain one, and say to him, `The Teacher says, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the passover. When it was evening, he sat at table with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

- St. Matthew 26.14-25
Elsewhere the Gospel tells us that Satan entered into Judas, but even before this, Judas had shown himself to be dishonest and a lover of money. He kept the money box which was used for the needs of Jesus and the disciples, but he was accustomed to taking money out for himself. When the expensive perfume was used to anoint Jesus, he complained that it could have been sold and the money given to the poor – although he was more likely thinking that he could take the money himself. And now, he goes to the chief priests and asks what they would give him if he delivered Jesus to them. The bargain was struck: thirty silver pieces for the Son of God.

Could the betrayal by Judas have been because of something as common and low as his love for money? Certainly, it looks that way. There could have been other reasons – some have said that he was trying to force Christ into revealing himself as the Messiah. Some have said that Judas was jealous of all the other disciples and so wanted to do something to ruin their common life together. But if Judas betrayed Jesus for those reasons, why did he ask for money when he went to the high priests? He could have handed Jesus over to them without asking for money.

No, Judas was a lover of money, a worldly man who was looking for personal gain. As St. Paul wrote to St. Timothy, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” And this, no doubt, was an evil act. When Judas approached Jesus in the garden, our Lord asked him, “Judas would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?” Judas had given his betraying kiss before, when he took money into his filthy hands, caressing it as a lover would his beloved.

Spy Wednesday serves as a reminder to us, too, that we can betray Christ for common, low things. We tend to think about our own wants before we think of Christ. We sometimes spend time trying to get things for ourselves while forgetting the needs of others. When we put things before what we owe to God, we’re betraying Christ. When we’re cruel or when we bully someone weaker than we are, we’re betraying Christ. When we delight in gossip, we’re betraying Christ. When we cheat someone, or when we take something which isn’t ours, we’re betraying Christ. When we use foul language, speaking filthy words from the same mouth in which we receive the Body of Christ, we’re betraying Him.

We’re horrified by what Judas did. But we need to look at our own lives, too, lest we are betraying Jesus.

Boat Boy Extraordinaire

Jack Moore served as the boat boy at his father's First Solemn Mass on March 21st.  Fr. Moore and his wife Ellie have three children - Emily, Lilly and Jack.  The children are all students at the Academy.

This was Jack's first time to serve at Mass.  He reminded me of my own son, Nathan, who is now grown and married, but who served as boat boy at my priestly ordination more than twenty-six years ago.  It's a rare privilege, but a beautiful thing, to see father and son at the altar.

30 March 2010

Spy Wednesday

"Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death; for they feared the people. Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and engaged to give him money. So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of the multitude."

- St. Luke 22:1-6
O Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his back to the smiters and hid not his face from shame: Grant us grace to take joyfully the sufferings of the present time in full assurance of the glory that shall be revealed; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Chrism Mass

Fr. Moore and I will be heading down to San Fernando Cathedral this afternoon for the annual Day of Reflection for priests, and the Chrism Mass this evening.  I really love this occasion.  It's a time when any differences of opinion are put aside, and we spend the day as priestly brothers with the archbishop as our father in God.
Almighty God, who by the power of the Holy Spirit anointed your Son to be Messiah and Priest for ever: grant that all whom you call to his service may confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
UPDATE: Just got back from the Chrism Mass.  The day was really nice, had a great time with my brother priests, the Mass was inspiring (although the music was... how shall I say... not to my taste).  It's always impressive to witness the blessing of the oils, and to concelebrate with a couple of hundred priests, several bishops, and our archbishop.

29 March 2010

Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, who by the passion of thy blessed Son didst make an instrument of shameful death to be unto us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Ignorance. Plain ignorance.

Members of the Muslim Students Association at our local Trinity University want the words "Our Lord" taken off the official diplomas issued by the university.  You can read the story here.

Trinity was founded in 1869 and has its roots in the Presbyterian Church.  No longer a religious institution in any real sense, nonetheless it maintains many elements which serve as links to its foundation.  Apparently these Muslim students were shocked! shocked! to have an overt reference to Christ on their diplomas, because (as one student said), “A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes.  By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,' it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”

Whoa!  Let's back up a minute here.  When they applied to be enrolled at this institution, didn't they get at least a tiny hint when they looked at the name of the place?  I mean, I don't think I'd apply to someplace called Allah University, or Koran College, and then be surprised that Mohammed might get a mention or two.

I can't wait to see the faces on these kids when someone tells them what "Trinity" means!

28 March 2010

Monday in Holy Week

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

27 March 2010

Palm Sunday, the Sunday next before Easter...

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Interview with Cardinal Levada

This is an excellent and interesting interview, hosted by Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt + Light television in Canada.  The Cardinal speaks of his own background and faith, and discusses the many things he does as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and he speaks briefly about the Holy Father's response to Anglicans in Anglicanorum coetibus.

25 March 2010

Eucharistic Evangelism...

There's an article I wrote called "Eucharistic Evangelism" over on The Anglo-Catholic.  You can read it here. I have a look at the Emmaus event, and see in it the model for evangelism given to us by Christ Himself, beginning and ending in the Holy Eucharist.

22 March 2010

Holy Week Schedule

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday)
Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (Latin)
Blessing and distribution of palms at all Masses.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Masses at 7:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

Spy Wednesday
The Office of Tenebrae will be chanted at 7:00 p.m.
Confessions will be heard, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 9:15 a.m.
Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m.,
followed by the Office of Tenebrae
and the All Night Vigil in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Good Friday
Solemn Liturgy at 3:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross and the Office of Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of the Resurrection at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday of the Resurrection
Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
(There will be no 6:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Day)

Pictures from Fr. Moore's First Mass

20 March 2010

Fifth Sunday in Lent

O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

19 March 2010

A new priest...

On Saturday, March 20th (Commemoration of St. Cuthbert), Deacon Jeffery W. Moore will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood.  This will take place in San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas, at 10:00 a.m.  Fr. Moore is being appointed as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Atonement Church, and will serve also as a hospital chaplain.

Fr. Moore's first Solemn Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Atonement Church on Sunday, March 21st, at 11:00 a.m.  The preacher will be the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth.

As you may know, a plenary indulgence is available at the first Mass of a newly-ordained priest.  The Enchiridion of Indulgences states, "A plenary indulgence is granted to a priest on the occasion of the first Mass he celebrates with some solemnity and to the faithful who devoutly assist at the same Mass," under the following conditions:
The faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:

—have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
—have sacramentally confessed their sins;
—receive the Holy Eucharist;
—pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
O God, by whose providence thine only-begotten Son was made an High Priest for ever, that in him thy majesty might be glorified, and all might find salvation: Mercifully grant that so many as he hath called to be ministers and stewards of his mysteries may ever be found faithful in their vocation and ministry; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Guardian and Patron...

Blesséd Joseph, Guardian mild,
Who didst love the Holy Child,
Show thy love to us who pray,
Shield us from all harm this day:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us close to Christ our Lord.

Great Saint Joseph, Patron bold
Of the Church from days of old,
Give us courage strong and new,
To proclaim God’s Gospel true:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us close to Christ our Lord.

He Whom thou didst guide in youth,
We receive in very truth;
In this Sacrament of love,
We are one with thee above:
Foster-father of the Word,
Keep us one with Christ our Lord!

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips 1992
Tune: “Bread of Heaven” by William D. Maclagan, 1875

18 March 2010

Ecce fidelis servus...

O God, who from the family of thy servant David didst raise up St. Joseph to be the guardian of thy incarnate Son and the spouse of his Virgin Mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to thy commands; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
And here's my life-changing "St. Joseph story" which I post here every year...
I was a young Episcopal cleric just returned to Rhode Island from a stint of serving in the Anglican Diocese of Bristol, England. The parish I had come to was middle-to-high: vestments, occasional incense, a few statues strategically placed.

There was a parishioner who wanted us to have a new statue of St. Joseph. The old statue was small and not in terribly good shape. I was deputized to find a new one, but there were a couple of requirements. It had to be two feet tall and it had to be cheap. The only solution was to go to a local religious goods store and look for something that might look half-way acceptable if the lights were dim.

I found one. It wasn’t beautiful, but it didn’t look as though it had been dragged behind a truck either. “Wrap it up and I’ll take it,” I told the clerk. “Sorry, sir, but this is the last one and we don’t have a box for it,” was the reply. A dilemma. I was driving a Volkswagen, and the back seat was already fairly full with a child’s car seat and other assorted items. The only option I could see was to stand it up in the passenger’s seat and strap the seat belt around it, which I did.

I was just closing the passenger door. St. Joseph was safely strapped in, facing ram-rod straight ahead. I heard a voice behind me. “You might want to let him drive.” I turned around to see a young priest about my age, with a grin on his face. We exchanged quips about the statue with the seat belt, and then began to chat about other things. We quickly discovered that my Episcopal parish and his Catholic parish were located fairly close to one another. We seemed to click, we made lunch plans, and one of the most important friendships of my life began.

We got together regularly to talk. It didn’t take long for our discussions to turn into question and answer sessions – me asking the questions, and him giving the answers. I wanted to know about the Catholic faith. And he told me. He was always gentle in his answers, but he never watered down the truth. Even if the issue was a difficult one, he always told me what the Church teaches. I was grateful for that. I would have resented it if I had discovered that he was tailoring what he said to make it fit what he might have thought I wanted to hear. I learned Catholic truth, and when it was presented to me in its fullness and in its beauty, I knew I had to embrace it. I believed it completely.

How grateful I always have been to St. Joseph. Without saying a word, he helped bring me into the Catholic Church by introducing me to a faithful Catholic priest. The statue may not have been very beautiful, but everything else in the story is.

Anglican Church in America and the Ordinariate

The House of Bishop of the Anglican Church in America has issued a helpful "Frequently Asked Questions" document, which you can read here.

Rather than getting information from the media, it's always best, when possible, to go to the source.

17 March 2010

Let us pray...

...for our Country.

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

...for Congress.

Most gracious God, we humbly beseech thee, as for the people of these United States in general, so especially for their Senate and Representatives in Congress assembled; that thou wouldest be pleased to direct and prosper all their consultations, to the advancement of thy glory, the good of thy Church, the safety, honour, and welfare of thy people; that all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations. These and all other necessaries, for them, for us, and thy whole Church, we humbly beg in the Name and mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.

St. Patrick's Breastplate

I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
I bind this day to me for ever,
by power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;
his baptism in Jordan river;
his death on cross for my salvation;
his bursting from the spicèd tomb;
his riding up the heavenly way;
his coming at the day of doom:
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
of the great love of cherubim;
the sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;
the service of the seraphim;
confessors' faith, apostles' word,
the patriarchs' prayers, the prophets' scrolls;
all good deeds done unto the Lord,
and purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven
the glorious sun's life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
his eye to watch, his might to stay,
his ear to hearken, to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
his heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort
and restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of
all that love me,
Christ in mouth of
friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself today
the strong Name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three in One, and One in Three.
Of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

Words: attributed to St. Patrick (372-466);
trans. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), 1889

16 March 2010

Holy Father to beatify Cardinal Newman...

16 MARCH 2010, 12 noon


The Fathers and many friends of the English Oratories are delighted by the official announcement that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will beatify our founder, the Venerable John Henry Newman, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham during his visit to Britain in September. Newman made his home in the Archdiocese for all his adult life, first in Oxford, where he lived as an Anglican and was received into the Catholic Church, and later in Birmingham itself where he founded and worked in the Birmingham Oratory for over forty years.

The Holy Father's life-long devotion to Newman has made a profound contribution to understanding the depth and significance of our founder's legacy. His decision to beatify Newman in person confers a unique blessing upon the English Oratories and all who have drawn inspiration from Newman's life and work.

We joyfully look forward to welcoming the Holy Father, as well as the many pilgrims and visitors who will come to the Beatification ceremony and visit Newman's shrine at the Birmingham Oratory.

We also look forward to the challenging work of preparing for the Beatification in conjunction with Church and civil authorities. We pray that the Beatification will fittingly reflect both Newman's significance for the Universal Church and the honour paid to our Archdiocese and our country by the Holy Father's presence among us.

Very Rev. Richard Duffield
Provost of the Birmingham Oratory
and Actor of the Cause of John Henry Newman

15 March 2010

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest...

Every Tuesday, right after celebrating Mass with the academy students, I teach a Scripture course to several of the Upper Scholars.  We've finished going throught the Acts of the Apostles.  Now we're having a look at St. Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians. 

It's great to see these students really getting into the scriptures, and it's like light bulbs going off as they relate things St. Paul is writing the the Church in Thessalonica to things they read about in Acts.  I really enjoy helping them put these scriptures in historical and theological context. 

Honestly, it should be against the law to be having such a good time...

13 March 2010

A blog worth visiting...

Fr. Jay Scott Newman has decided to slum with the rest of us.  His blog, Ecclesia Semper Reformanda, is bound to be interesting, because he's one of the "good guys," very much engaged in the Reform of the Reform.  In his own words about the blog:
In these pages, I will give an account of the ongoing work of purification and reformation in my life and in the life of my little corner of the vineyard in the hope that others may find here some encouragement in their own journey.

11 March 2010

Guest on The World Over Live

On Friday, March 12th at 8 p.m. Eastern time (7 p.m. Central), I'll be a guest with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's The World Over Live, when I'll be talking about Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Anglicans who'll be entering into full communion with the Holy See.  Here's the link to an article on The Anglo-Catholic bog in which I mention it...

UPDATE:  Here are some Post-program thoughts.


Four of our 9th graders, Alejandro Oliveros, Kayla Darvin, Zachary Lindsey, and Cecille Sorio were accepted into the second class of the Voelcker Biomedical Science Academy, a prestigious, three-year opportunity to engage in university-level biomedical research at the UT-Health Science Center campus. The program provides a unique opportunity for local high school students to experience and learn about the world of biomedical research in a manner that is usually reserved for graduate level students.

Dr. Irene Chapa, director of the outreach program said, ”This year's applicants were incredibly strong academically. The average overall GPA of applicants was a 97 and there were over 60 applicants this year.” The freshmen join Academy sophomore Stephanie Gonzales in the program. Stephanie was selected for the program in its inaugural year (last year). Pictured in the photo (L-R): Stephanie Gonzales, Cecille Sorio, Zachary Lindsey, Kayla Darvin, Alejandro Oliveros, and Bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop Cantu was the guest celebrant for the Academy's daily Mass and was with the students on the day we received notification of the awards.

10 March 2010

Simple words, simple tune...

In case you're looking for a hymn in honor of St. Joseph on his upcoming Feast Day...

Holy Joseph, Intercessor
Unto thee God’s children sing;
Be our Patron and Protector,
To God’s throne our praises bring.

Faithful Spouse of faithful Virgin,
Lover of God’s purity;
From thy worthy place in heaven,
Pray that we may faithful be.

Guardian of the Word Incarnate,
Silent guide of God’s own Son;
Guard our hearts and lead us onward
To the life that Christ has won.

Humble man in lofty station,
God has shed His grace on thee;
Pray such grace to us be given,
That we live eternally.

Text: Fr. Christopher G. Phillips, 1991
Music: "Stuttgart" adapted by C. F. Witt, 1715

06 March 2010

Third Sunday in Lent

Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, `The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, `What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'" God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, `The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you': this is my name for ever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.
Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

05 March 2010

Sweetest Wood and Sweetest Iron...

Faithful Cross, above all other,
one and only noble Tree:
none in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peer may be.

03 March 2010

Becoming a family...

Cathedral of the Incarnation, Orlando, Florida,
Anglican Church in America

Just a few hours ago I returned from meeting with the members of the House of Bishops, Anglican Church in America.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them, and we spoke extensively about the implementation of the Holy Father's Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.  It was immediately evident that our common hope should become a common effort, and so the request being made to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is a joint request.

Of course, our situation in the Anglican Use is somewhat different from that of the ACA.  Our clergy and parishes are ready to act immediately because we are already in communion with the Holy See, whereas the Anglican bishops have a process to follow to reach that point with their parishes.  For some of them, it will happen quickly; for others it will take longer.  But we all agreed that having an Ordinariate "up and running" will allow them to enter it when each one is ready.

Entering into this closer relationship between the ACA and the Anglican Use parishes is a welcome gift from God.  We've needed to get know one another as we prepare to become a "blended family" in the Ordinariate.  I'm looking forward to having more occasions to be together with them.  And let's all pray for the speedy implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus.

01 March 2010

St. David of Wales

March 1st is St. David's Day, but I'm travelling and can't provide my annual tribute, accompanied by a recipe for some traditional Welsh delectable.  The next best thing is this link to previous posts for the day.
Almighty God, who didst call thy servant St. David to be a faithful and wise steward of thy mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the Gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.