Rejoice with Them…

Subsequent to reading Father Phillips' post of yesterday reporting the communal reception of St. Peter the Rock into the Church I was admittedly somewhat taken aback.  The initial reason for my confusion was that I was uninformed regarding the mechanism through which this was accomplished. I knew that such a process was available for individuals, but I was unaware of the possibility of communities proceeding in such a manner.  It was obvious to me after reading several comments to the post that I was not alone. Be that as it may, following a night and morning of prayer and reflection upon the situation I felt that maybe some sage advice from St. Paul may be in order.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit his advice is, "Rejoice with them that rejoice; weep with them that weep (Rom. 12:15)."  Our reaction to such glorious news as that which relates to St. Peter the Rock, or St. Luke's, ought never be tainted with self-pity or consternation that we were not the recipients of such blessings.  Almighty God, through His holy Church, knows what He is doing. It is His program we are called to follow, not ours. So, rejoice with those congregations with as much zeal as if you were in their place, because sometime in the future, if you persevere, you too will be there.  All this being said, I do beg that those of you who have "finished the race" will remember us who have yet to cross over.  We are those who weep.

7 thoughts on “Rejoice with Them…”

  1. I had the privilege of knowing and working together as members of the clergy with Fr. Perkins in the Diocese of Fort Worth back in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I can tell you that his soul is beautiful, his spirit in harmony with the Holy Spirit and that his body and mind have endured the stress of the heat of battle in days gone by.

    He is the real McCoy, and his community must be likewise if they're anything like him. I'm not sure what canonical arrangement all this signifies vis-a-vis the coming Ordinariate, but let us all truly rejoice with these folks who are branches now vitally connected to the full sacramental life of the Vine through his Holy Church. Alleluia!

  2. Dear Fr Holiday et al,

    We stand with you. By "with," there are those of us who are shoulder to shoulder, and holding hands with our Anglican brothers and sisters.

    We know in the marrow of our bones—perhaps most especially those of us who crossed over some time ago—the anticipation. Which is why some of us have 'traveled back over the bridge' to walk with you during the crossing.

    At your side, we are ready, waiting, joyful, anticipatory.

    We stand with you….and we will walk with you.

    Pax Christi, Greg

  3. Being received into full Catholic communion as part of a group is always a possibility, and communities such as St. Peter the Rock and St. Luke's have availed themselves of that. However, it does mean that their clergy cease their Anglican ministry, and the members of these groups will be served either by other Catholic priests coming to them, or by attending local diocesan parishes, until the Ordinariate is established.

    Most of the ACA parishes have chosen to do what those of us in the Pastoral Provision did; namely, to wait until closer to the time of implementation, allowing their Anglican clergy to continue ministering, and also continuing to use their familiar liturgy with no changes.

    The Catholic Church has placed no requirement upon Anglicans to choose one way or the other — nor would the Church attempt to do so. Until someone has made a Profession of Faith and entered into full communion, that person isn't subject to Catholic jurisdiction.

    I apologize if the previous post led people to believe that something was "going on" that they didn't know about. That's not the case at all — it's just a matter of some groups deciding to go on ahead and to be in full Catholic communion while waiting for their brothers and sisters to join them.

    It's as though we're in a grand procession. There are always some who get there first, but everyone makes it eventually and then the great celebration can commence!

  4. The image of all of us making a grand procession together is both beautiful and descriptive of the experience of St. Peter the Rock. Indeed, not all who pray with us within our own particular group will be being received presently. Some have decided to wait because of various familily issues, and others, all of whom we consider very much part of our community of faith are just beginning their inquiry into the teaching of the Church or are just beginning catechesis. We remain committed, not only to weep with all of you and pray with and for you, but to serve with you for the furtherance of Christ's Kingdom, particularly when at last we are all working together within the Ordinariate.

  5. Thank God for His blessing upon Fr. Perkins and those under his spiritual charge. My questions, presented directly to Fr. Perkins to which he graciously responded, were more generated from a sense of, "There is tangible progress. Can we be far behind?" Again, there being no expiration date to enter the Ordinariate also means not everyone need be in the first train. The 'train station' (Church) will always be there. Hey, that means we can have a celebration with every new group that enters the Ordinariate for years to come. I know I am game for that!

  6. Msgr Andrew Burnham here in England used the image of a Caravan .. a camel train setting out across the desert. That's been a very helpful image for me; the eucharisitc fast until reception, the waiting for ordination, seemed something of a desert experience; but the welcome at the end of the journey made it all worthwhile. Delighted to know Fr Perkins & parish are on their way.

  7. A greeting to all who are going forward at this time. Prayers for a long time have been prayed and now with thanksgiving for the great divide ending and God's bringing St. Peter the Rock to a welcome home. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

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