Parish Priest of St Peter's Eastwood in the Diocese of Brentwood and Pastor to the Southend Ordinariate Mission based at St. Peter's Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea. 01702 525323 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a photo, taken by Lorna Muffat for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, that shows Mgr Keith Newton celebrating Easter Sunday Mass in the organisation's magnificent new London home, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. And here's Mgr Newton with the priests and servers:
There's plenty of scepticism about the Ordinariate – especially since the careful circulation of a quote attributed to former Cardinal Bergoglio saying he didn't see the need for it. Well, we shall see. Pope Francis – who would never have encountered Anglicans in the Catholic tradition in Latin America – now finds himself head of the Ordinariate in three continents; his spokesman has said that this will be a permanentstructure of the Catholic Church.
Will it be? That's up to the Ordinariate. Its leader in this country, Mgr Newton, has the jurisdiction if not the sacramental powers of a bishop – hence the mitre. The Warwick Street congregation is still small – the group didn't move into the church until Palm Sunday (and hasn't yet started using its own liturgy).
But there's an energy and sense of imagination here that promises great things. Essentially, the Ordinariate finds itself in the same position as most of the great orders and religious communities of the Church in their early days. There are powerful prelates – Catholic and Anglican – who would prefer to rid themselves of this inconvenience; even now, I'm sure that one of the old guard ecumenists is trying to grab an audience with Pope Francis in order to strangle his predecessor's initiative at birth. Well, Churches are like that: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican – they're all run by hierarchies resistant to change. The challenge for the Ordinariate is to move swiftly to establish an evangelical presence wherever it operates, one inspired not just by Benedict XVI's liturgical vision but also by the practical spirituality of Pope Francis.
Put it this way: one of the treasures of Anglicanism that the Ordinariate can bring to Rome has nothing to do with vestments or prayer books – it's the tradition of the Anglo-Catholic "slum priests" who carried the Gospel to the darkest alleyways of Jack the Ripper's London. If that can be revived for the 21st century, then, like new movements before them, the Ordinariate will become part of the fabric of the church. But first comes perhaps the most difficult part of all: blocking its ears to the carping and sneers of its critics.
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A joyful and Holy Christmas to you all! from Frs Jeff, Bob, Michael & Deacon Richard
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Christ Appears to the Disciples, Duccio, 1308
Readings: Acts 4:32–35 Ps 118:2–4, 13–15,
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St. John and St. Peter at Christ’s Tomb, Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, c. 1640 Readings: Acts 10:34, 37–43 Ps 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23 Col 3:1–4 Jn 20:1–9
The tomb was empty. In the early morning darkness of that first Easter, there was only confusion for Mary Magdalene and the other disciples. But as the daylight spread, they saw the dawning of a new creation.
At first they didn’t understand the Scripture, today’s Gospel tells us. We don’t know which precise Scripture texts they were supposed to understand. Perhaps it was the sign of Jonah, who rose from the belly of the great fish after three days (see Jonah 1:17). Or maybe Hosea’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration from exile (see