Time Drawn into Eternity

Mr. Joey Spencer, Program Director, writes to inform us that the Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy of the Diocese of Tulsa will host a conference on Sacred Time and the Liturgical Calendar on March 11th and 12th, 2011, featuring the internationally recognized liturgical scholar, author, and Pastoral Delegate for Anglicanorum Coetibus in Australia, Auxiliary Bishop Peter J. Elliott of Melbourne.  The conference will be held at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bishop Elliott, author of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite and Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year, will give the keynote address, entitled: “The Glory of the Liturgy – Pope Benedict’s Vision” on Friday evening (March 11) with presentations on Saturday (March 12) by Fr. William Christ (Holy Trinity Orthodox Church), Fr. Angelo Van der Putten, F.S.S.P, and Pastor Mason Beecroft (Grace Lutheran Church, LCMS).

A panel discussion in which all the presenters will come together to answer questions will follow.

“The Liturgy and the Eucharist are the source and summit of our life in Christ,” insisted Bishop Edward Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa.  “When we are joined with Christ in the Eucharist, we participate in the eternal now of God and time is drawn up into Eternity.”  Participants who attend this conference will deepen their understanding of the importance Sacred Time, the manifold ways by which Sacred Time is expressed in the Church’s liturgical calendar, and how the liturgy and the Church Calendar can open up new meaning in our secular calendar.

This conference is open to the public.  Cost for the entire conference is $40.00.  Special room rates at the DoubleTree are available for those who will stay overnight or for the weekend.  For more information or to register, please contact the Te Deum Institute at info@tedeuminstitue.org.

Are Lutherans Next?

Deacon Keith Fournier has an interesting report at Catholic Online about a Lutheran approach to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for full communion with the Holy See.  My emphasis.

I am in a dialogue with Archbishop Irl A. Gladfelter, CSP, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church, a group of Lutherans who have embraced the Catholic Catechism and the teaching of the Magisterium. They are humbly knocking at the door of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeking a way into full communion. You can read about this amazing group here. I am working on a fuller story of their journey. Some have said that their smallness and placement on "the fringes" of the Lutheran community makes them less representative. I recall that those were the same comments made about the "Traditional Anglican Communion" in their early efforts. They became the prophetic vehicle the Holy Spirit used to open up an historic breakthrough.

Update from the Moderator (11:00 PM EDT):

The group calling itself the "Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church" is a very small group which seems historically to have had some troubling episcopi vagantes connections.  However, it appears to have originated with some Catholic-minded pastors and laypeople of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod; to the extent that the group, however obscure, seeks to enter into the full communion of the Holy See, we unreservedly support their ambition.