You have likely heard of the wonderful new addition to our Catholic Archdiocese here in Washington, St. Luke’s Episcopal, now preparing, as a complete parish, to enter the full communion of the Catholic Faith. I have not commented before now for two reasons. First others have done a fine enough job of that already, their reports are linked on New Advent.org A second reason is that Fr. Scott Hurd, who writes for this blog, is the Cardinal’s “go to man” for this exciting moment and I would rather he be the one to give the most info.
But let me simply say here how happy I am for this great blessing to our Church.
A Fine Pastor – I was privileged to meet Fr. Lewis about a year ago as the process was beginning. He is a fine pastor, and has led his congregation very carefully through this process. Interestingly he is a married Episcopal Priest and, upon his ordination to the Catholic priesthood, will be the fourth married priest we have had in this Archdiocese. (Fr. Hurd is another married priest).
The Anglo-Catholic liturgy is a very beautiful form of the Liturgy, dignified and possessed of a great sampling of the older form of the Latin Mass, brought together with an elegant vernacular tradition. There is also fine hymnody which comes from the Anglican tradition that I wish we Roman Catholics would learn more of. I love to play from the English Hymnal which combines the best hymns, well arranged, and with wonderful English verse, and some of the finest translations of the Latin hymns as well.
May God Bless the people of St. Luke’s Parish in their time of transition. Briefly we will enjoy them as members of this Archdiocese. But eventually they will become members of the Nationwide Anglican Ordinariate being set up in this country.
Gifts! As is the case with some many who have joined the Catholic faith in recent years from other Christian denominations, the members of St. Luke’s bring wonderful gifts with them that will enrich us, even as we too will enrich them. May Jesus who prays for unity, be praised, and may our thanksgiving resound mightily to God.