A month ago, many of our contributors and readers were waiting and tired and tired of waiting. The cry might have been, “How long, O Lord, how long?” As October begins, the world looks a bit different.
Around that time, Bishop Peter Elliott, pastoral delegate for Australia for Anglicanorum Coetibus wrote to us to commend to us his prayers for the success of the Ordinariates. Among the saints to whom he commended the Holy Father’s enterprise was Therese of Lisieux. It seems appropriate on this her feast day to remember the graces received in the last month as the reality of Anglican Ordinariates around the world has drawn many steps closer.
At mid month, there was the Holy Father’s visit to the UK and the beatification of Bl. John Henry Newman with an outpouring of public support that surprised many in the press. It certainly was not lost on this audience that the last words of the Holy Father’s address to the Bishops of England and Wales were given to Anglicanorum Coetibus, which he referred to as a “prophetic gesture.”
Only days after the Pope’s return to Rome, the U.S. received its pastoral delegate, Archbishop Wuerl of Washington, to be assisted by Bishop Vann of Fort Worth and Bishop McManus of Worcester along with Fr. Scott Hurd, who has already proven a help to many.
Intertwined with these events, we saw concrete developments begin to take shape, from earlier in the month when our own Fr. Pinnock announced his intention to be received into the Catholic Church, to news of an Anglican Use Society in the Philippines, to the announcement of the Church of the Resurrection in San Diego that it intends to say yes to Anglicanorum Coetibus.
Since the Papal Visit, we have seen the ACA’s Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando announce its intent along with Holy Cross in Honolulu and Holy Nativity in Payson, Arizona. The ECM’s St. Columba Parish in Fernley, Nevada has thrown its hat in the ring as well and Ottawa’s Cathedral of the Annunciation has weathered a major storm on its journey forward. In the Anglican Use, we have heard of the request of the vestry of the Episcopal Church's Mount Calvary in Baltimore to be received as an Anglican Use parish and of new Anglican Use groups in Nashville and Philadelphia. Finally, the caravan seems to be gathering in the UK with, we hope, more good news to be heard soon. (And please forgive me if I've forgotten anyone or any place–there's been so much news the last few days that I can't keep up.)
In the months to come, there will certainly be setbacks and disappointments, but in September we saw the beginning of the good news. It seems a good day to give thanks as we begin a new month in a world that looks far more hopeful than it did just 30 days ago. Take a moment to return thanks to the Father in heaven for all of his goodness towards us and take a moment to say a prayer for the continued intercession of St. Therese, The Little Flower, that the shower of roses may continue.
Son of a Virgin, Maker of thy Mother,
thou, Rod and Blossom from a Stem unstainèd,
now while a virgin fair of fame we honor,
hear our devotion!
Fountain of mercy, hear the prayers she offers;
purge our offenses, pardon our transgressions,
so that hereafter we to thee may render
praise with thanksgiving.
Thou, the All-Father, thou the One-Begotten,
thou Holy Spirit, Three in One co-equal,
glory be henceforth thine through all the ages,
world without ending.
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Hymn of Vigils from the Common of Virgins
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