Fr. Gill, March 2012

Dear Friends,

We are now in the sacred season of Lent and I hope that we are all making a special effort to serve our Blessed Lord and God Jesus Christ in a Lenten discipline which brings us closer to Him in His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church which He founded as His One true Body in the world. It is through our membership of this His one true Body that we can and do experience His real and
loving Presence in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood in Holy Communion commonly called The Mass, that through His Divine Grace we may be empowered to overcome the sordid temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil and grow in holiness, which is our true vocation in this earthly life.

As believing and practising Christians I hope that we will all take Lent very seriously with the intention of the improvement of our own spiritual life and at the same time offering our discipline to God on behalf of the local community, friends, and family and for the renewal of the Faith and the conversion of the world.

As I wrote in 2006:
"It is very easy to see what is happening around us in our local communities and in the wider world
and forget that most of the problems start with each one of us. For example, as Christians, do we
really believe the Faith taught by Jesus Christ and His Holy Church which transformed the world by
giving a meaning to life, and a sure and certain hope for eternity? Do we do all we can to know the
fullness of the Faith, as far as we are able, as taught in and by Christ's Body the One Holy Catholic
and Apostolic Church?

"The Christian faith, as no other, teaches the importance of every human being, for everyone is
made in God's image and precious in God's sight. Everyone is loved and valued by Christ who is
God-in-human Flesh, or as someone put it "the human face of God". No one, but no one, is beyond
His love aid forgiveness.

"Jesus the Christ died upon the Cross and rose again from the dead thus destroying forever the
power and fear and permanence of death, not for Himself nor for the Jews alone, or even for
Christians alone, but for all mankind, He offered Himself in loving obedience to God His Father as
a sacrifice for 'the sins of the world', not 'in our place', as some seem to think, but 'on our behalf',
(the Greek word used means 'on behalf of) to show us the Way and to give us the grace we need,
especially through prayer and the Sacraments of His Church, and Holy Communion in particular,
that we may enter into His Sacrifice, and live a life of sacrificial love in obedience to God and the
service of our fellow human beings. (.... the belief that Christ died as a substitute for us has no
Scriptural basis at all. Dr. C. B. Moss, 1961, Priest and Anglican Theologian).
"'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for (on behalf of) his friends: ye
are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you (St. Jn. 15: 13).' Our Blessed Lord taught: 'Love
your neighbour as you love yourself.'

"True Christianity as taught and practised by Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church is
the only true faith that can liberate the soul from hate and death, and bring reconciliation between
God and mankind and between man and man.

"Our Blessed Lord taught that there is forgiveness for those who repent of their sins against God
and wrongdoing against their neighbour. He taught us to pray: forgive us as we forgive those who
trespass against us,' and commanded, as we said above: 'to love your neighbour as you love
yourself.'”

Let us resolve to use this Lent as a time of true reconciliation wherever there is division and
discord, in families, among neighbours, and in communities, and more especially between
Christians.

I pray every reader of this magazine will endeavour to pray and work for true re-unity among all
who call themselves Christian. If we have been properly baptised according to our Lord's Command
we are therefore members of His Body. But that is only the beginning because we must become
fully active in His Body in the world, and to which He entrusted the other Sacraments. Jesus the
Christ promised to reveal the fullness of truth to His Church through the Holy Spirit.
We read in the acts of the Apostles 2: 41, 42: “So those who received his word were baptized, and
there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles'
teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”. It is in that Church that we
receive the true meaning of the Holy Scripture as recorded in her Book the Holy Bible. The
Scripture is not for private interpretation.

Anglicans believed that they were a genuine part of the Catholic world, though since the
Reformation separated from the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. However, there have
always been Anglican leaders and theologians who have sought to bring about reconciliation and reunity,
with the Orthodox Church, but especially with the Church of Rome, from which it was
separated from the time of the Reformation. I mentioned before that the Ordinariate of Our Lady of
Walsingham was a genuine response of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to help those groups
of Anglicans who appealed to him for help to bring about the long hoped for reconciliation and
unity, as prayed for by our Lord, and many Anglicans since the Reformation, and especially now as
the Old Anglican Communion by its actions has turned away from its Catholic claim and heritage,
and, some would say, from the Christian teaching on morals and ministry. Painful as it is one has to
face the truth and make personal decisions.

What other Anglicans may have asked of Rome I cannot say, but the then Bishops of the Traditional
Anglican Communion which had separated itself from the old Communion in order to retain the
ancient Catholic Faith as had been professed by the Church of England, not as schismatics, but as
continuers, sent in 2007 a petition to Pope Benedict XVI requesting re-unity with the Church of
Rome in which the 'catholic' Anglican ethos, Liturgy, hymns etc., would be preserved. As you know,
I was then the Vicar General of The Traditional Anglican Church in Britain and I also signed, with
the bishops, that petition and a copy of the Catholic Catechism on the altar of St. Agatha's in
Portsmouth.

The Petition also stated that we sought "a communal and ecclesial way of being Anglican Catholics
in communion with the Holy See, at once treasuring the full expression of catholic faith and
treasuring our tradition within which we have come to this moment".

Although the offer might not have been exactly as we had hoped, we did ask for guidance and that
is what we have received, also with the statement that we are to maintain our Anglican Patrimony.
When one considers the state of the 'Anglican Communion' and its divergence from the received
teachings of our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, as He promised through His Holy Church, His mystical
Body, we can understand why the process was offered in the way it has been, in order to be certain
that the Anglicans joining the Ordinariate believe the faith and want to practise what they say they
believe and be accepted by all Catholics everywhere.

As I think and pray about it I can't forget that those clergy who voted in General Synod of the CofE,
and before that in the USA, for the new doctrines and changes were trained in Anglican seminaries.
One could ask 'what were they taught!'

When we returned from the Caribbean I found a letter waiting from The Ordinary of the
Ordinariate, Mgr. Keith Newton, informing me that I had been accepted for preparation for entrance
into the Ordinarate of Our Lady of Walsingham. I have accepted the offer and so has my wife Ann
and nearly all of the reduced, through death and illness, etc., number of our church members. In
order to do this we have been asked to observe Lent as a Eucharistic fast and this we are doing,
remembering our Lord's forty days in the wilderness.

So on Ash Wednesday I resigned from TTAC, and so has the Congregation.
As I have done before, here are some quotations from various Anglican leaders and others down the
centuries on the need for all Christians to be united in Christ's one holy Catholic Church.
I hope we will all have a blessed and holy Lent and, though it may not be easy, be actively a part of
the reunion of Christendom to the glory of the Holy Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and
the conversion of all the world, as is the will of God the Father and the Holy Ghost Amen.
When my wife and I returned from our West Indian holiday I rushed through the February
Magazine because we arrived back here on the 11th Feb. I had meant to mention the death of
Margaret Jailler, who with her husband Richard, who died in 2010, were founding members of our
Traditional Anglican Congregation. Margaret, who died on the 12th January, was a wonderful lady
and contributed much with her husband to the congregation.

Also during January Dora Godson's husband Donavan died in the Kington Residential Home. We
extend to both their families our deepest sympathy. May they rest in peace.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Brian.

PS. I hope to continue publishing a Magazine, but it will no longer be part of the TAC. Please let me
know if you wish to continue receiving it. If I don't hear from you, I will discontinue sending it to
you.
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