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Mary, Mother of God ... and the New Year

posted Jan 1, 2013, 5:22 PM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Jan 2, 2013, 8:50 AM ]

The solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, marks the first anniversary of the U.S. Ordinariate.  While the Fellowship of St. Alban formally began in November with the reception and confirmation of its founding members, we will not be properly underway until the ordination to the priesthood of John Cornelius later on this month, January 26, the feast of Ss. Timothy and Titus, at 5pm.  Like the diaconal ordination, this will take place in Wellsville, NY.  His first mass according to the Anglican Use will be the following day, Sunday, January 27, at the usual place and time.  We have just heard the good news that our Ordinary, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, God willing, plans to be at the mass in Rochester on the 27thHe will be preaching at the good Carl Reid's ordination on the 26th, and will drive across the border to be with us the next day.  We encourage all of our friends and supporters to come and celebrate this great step forward for our Fellowship. If you can make it to the ordination, great; if not, please come and be with us and Msgr. Steenson for the once and future Fr. Cornelius's first Anglican Use mass. 

For the New Year, here is Veni Creator Spiritus.  To honor the noble simplicity of the Latin tradition, the hymn is sung below to Gregorian chant by the Scola Hungarica.

Veni Creator Spiritus

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Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.

Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.

Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.

Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.

Update from England:  
  • A new community of sisters has been formally established within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.  The NLM has the press release.  More photos are here.
  • The English Ordinariate has been given a principal church in London.