29 March 2014

Teaching Positions at the Academy


Candidates must be practicing Catholics willing to take an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium.

The Atonement Academy has openings for two elementary school classroom teachers. Open grades are likely to be kindergarten and fourth grade. The teachers will be responsible for his or her students’ education in all subjects except music and physical education.

We are also receiving applications for Middle and Upper School teachers for potential openings in English, History, Latin, and Math. Qualified applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree and preference will be given to those who have teaching experience. Master’s degree and related teaching certificates a plus.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and résumé to Mrs. Mary Havel at: mhavel@atonementonline.com
ACADEMY WEBSITE: http://atonementonline.com/index.php

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27 March 2014

Indulgenced Devotion...

Each Friday during Lent we walk the Stations of the Cross with the students at 2:00 p.m., and each Friday at 7:00 p.m. we have Stations for the whole parish, in conjunction with Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. There is a plenary indulgence attached to this devotion, and for you to gain the indulgence, these are the conditions:


From The Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1968

A Plenary indulgence is granted to those who piously make the Way of the Cross. The gaining of the indulgence is regulated by the following rules:

A. Must be done before stations of the cross legitimately erected.
B. 14 stations are required. Although it is customary for the icons to represent pictures or images, 14 simple crosses will suffice.
C. The common practice consists of fourteen pious readings to which some vocal prayers are added.. However, nothing more is required than a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations.
D. A movement from one station to the next is required. But if the stations are made publicly and it is not possible for everyone taking part to go from station to station, it suffices if at least the one conducting the exercise goes from station to station, the others remaining in their places.
E. Those who are "impeded" can gain the same indulgence if they spend at least one half and hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
F. For those belonging to the Oriental rites, amongst whom this pious exercise is not practiced, the respective Patriarchs can determine some other pious exercise in memory of the Passion and Death for the gaining of this indulgence.

A plenary indulgence MUST be accompanied by the three prerequisites of a plenary indulgence:

1. Sacramental Confession,
2. Communion, and
3. Prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time.

The Faithful have been retracing these steps of our Lord Jesus Christ from the earliest days of the Church. While the number and names of the Stations have varied over the centuries, our present order for them eventually was fixed, and the indulgence was attached to the Stations erected in Churches and Oratories. It was no longer required actually to go to Jerusalem to gain the great blessings which flow from this devotion.

26 March 2014


Among the many reasons for my love of our Anglican Use liturgy, not least is the thread of elements from the Eastern Churches which shows itself at various times. It gives an emphasized sense of universality and timelessness and reminds us of the richness and diversity of the various liturgies in the Church. I have not yet seen the revisions made to our liturgy, and which are being used by many of the Ordinariate communities. I'm told that many of the Eastern liturgical elements have been removed in the revision, but I hope the members of the Anglicanae Traditiones Commission have not thrown out the Trisagion, because it is one of those "bridges" found in both the East and the West, and (important for us) specifically in the Sarum rite.

During the Lenten sung Masses we use the Trisagion, the “Thrice Holy” in place of the Kyrie eleison. This ancient hymn is found in almost all of the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox liturgies: “Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.” It is a preview of the Sanctus, with its roots in the angelic hymn found in St. John’s Book of the Revelation (4:8). The Coptic Church ascribes it first to Nicodemus who, when taking Christ’s body down from the cross, saw the divinity of our Lord manifested and cried out, “Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal!”

There is another tradition which says that during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius II (408-450), Constantinople was experiencing a violent earthquake. As the people were praying for God’s help, a child was thrown up into the air by the violent quaking. Everyone cried out “Kyrie eleison!” As the child fell to the ground he was heard praying, “Holy God, Holy and Strong, Holy and Immortal,” after which the child died.

In the Western Church the Trisagion found its way into the Sarum rite as part of Compline from the Third Sunday in Lent until the Fifth Sunday in Lent. It was included in the Gallican rite during the Reproaches at the Good Friday liturgy, where it is still used throughout the Latin Rite.

The Trisagion has a rich history, and its place in the Anglican Use Mass is yet another chapter in that living history, which I hope has not been lost. Ah well, we shall see...

23 March 2014

St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is among the first of the known saints of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for twenty-six years.

Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge at Granada. He was a great success, but he was about to enter upon a surprising sequence of events.

When the archbishopric of Lima in Spain's Peruvian colony became vacant, it was decided that Turibius was the man needed to fill the post. It was generally agreed that he was the one person with the strength of character and holiness of spirit to heal the scandals that had infected that area.
Turibius cited all the canons that forbade giving laymen ecclesiastical dignities, but he was overruled. He was ordained priest and bishop and sent to Peru, where he found colonialism at its worst. The Spanish conquerors were guilty of every sort of oppression of the native population. Abuses among the clergy were wide-spread, and he devoted his energies (and his suffering) to this area first.

He began the long and arduous visitation of an immense archdiocese, studying the language, staying two or three days in each place, often with no place to sleep, and little or no food. He made his confession every morning to his chaplain, and he would then celebrate Mass with tremendous devotion. Among those to whom he gave the Sacrament of Confirmation was Saint Rose of Lima, and most likely Saint Martin de Porres. After 1590 he had the help of another great missionary, Saint Francis Solanus.

His people, although they were very poor, also had a sense of personal pride, and they were unwilling to accept public charity from others. Turibius solved the problem by helping them himself, anonymously.

When Turibius undertook the reform of the clergy, along with unjust officials, he encountered tremendous opposition. Some tried to "explain" God's law in such a way as to make it appear that God approved of their accustomed way of life. He answered them in the words of Tertullian, "Christ said, 'I am the truth'; he did not say, 'I am the custom."'

O Lord God, who art the light of the minds that know thee, the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the hearts that serve thee: Help us, following the example of thy servant St. Turibius, so to know thee that we may truly love thee, and so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

22 March 2014

That in which we glory...

A few days ago I happened to find a copy of something I said in July of 1983 to the very small group of people who would form the initial membership of the parish. That date was just a month before the establishment of Our Lady of the Atonement as a parish. Ours would be the first parish to be established through the Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul II, and although unknown at that time, laying the foundation for the present-day Ordinariates. Many who had been journeying with us had left us just a few months before this. They got cold feet. They had second thoughts. Whereas there had been about fifty of us, we were down to eighteen people, counting the children. We had come together from a variety of Episcopal parishes, and we had left the beautiful places where we had worshipped, where we had been married, where our children had been baptized, and from which our beloved dead had been commended to God. We were tired and discouraged, and there was a need to enhearten the few who remained in our little group. This is a portion of what I said:
"We're almost home. We're coming with very little. We have no church building of our own - in fact, we have very few possessions. It's a daily reminder that we are the Church. The Church is made up of people, not buildings and things. We should be careful that we do not build a false pride out of our humble situation, but we really do identify with St. Paul when he wrote, 'God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.' I believe we have an exciting future ahead of us, and we'll grow in numbers and we'll have more in the years ahead. But the lesson we learn at this point in our history is the most important - that whatever our future holds, we must never glory in anything save in the cross of Jesus Christ, in the atoning work which He accomplished upon that cross."

A lot has happened in the more than thirty years since I spoke those words to our little congregation. Indeed, our parish has grown beyond anything we could have imagined. We have a large and beautiful church. We have a magnificent school. The Catholic witness and the influence of the parish goes far beyond the borders of the archdiocese. The numbers of our people and the size of our facilities all continue to increase at an amazing pace. But those are not the things in which we glory. I believe it is all happening because we have lived and witnessed in accordance with the words of St. Paul: "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."

19 March 2014

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16 March 2014

St. Pádraig

St. Patrick's Shrine at Our Lady of the Atonement Church

Almighty God, who in thy providence didst choose thy servant St. Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of thee: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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 today to me forever
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 star lit 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.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart’s idolatry,
Against the wizard’s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

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 the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

"Lorica of St. Patrick"
version by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1889

A Prayer for Divine Protection

Look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, we beseech thee, Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of thy majesty to be our defence against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.