15 December 2010

Personal Ordinariates

I've always described myself as a Charismatic Byzantine Anglo-Catholic--that is, someone who embraces the whole Church in communion with Rome.

I'm so excited about the invitation given by the Holy Father to welcome Anglicans into the Church. My experience with Anglo-Catholics is that they are often more traditional than your average Roman Catholic parish.

We must continue to pray for the Bishops, Priests, and communities that will be making great sacrifices to re-establish communion with Rome. We must pray for everyone involved with establishing the Ordinariates.

Thank you Bishop Peter Elliott, Episcopal Delegate in Australia, for publishing these prayers for the Personal Ordinariates:

Eternal father, we place before you the project of forming the Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. We thank you for this initiative of Pope Benedict XVI, and we ask that, through the Holy Spirit, the Ordinariates may become: families of charity, peace and the service of the poor, centres for Christian unity and reconciliation, communities that welcome and evangelize, teaching the Faith in all its fullness, celebrating the liturgy and sacraments with prayerful reverence and maintaining a distinctive patrimony of Christian faith and culture.

Drawing on that heritage we pray:
Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

V/ Our Lady of Walsingham.

R/ Pray for us as we claim your motherly care.

V/ Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus.

R/ Pray for us as we place this work under your patronage.

V/ Blessed John Henry Newman

R/ Pray that Christ’s Heart may speak unto our hearts.

\V/ Saints and Martyrs of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

R/ Pray for us and accompany us on our pilgrim way.

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