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A New Video for our YouTube channel…See it here first!

Parishioner Corrine Paige has been doing good work increasing our community’s presence on social media — thank you, Corrine! This new initiative goes hand-in-hand, as a second front, with the similarly excellent work our webmaster, Susan Russo, has been carrying out with our established web presence. We are blessed to have two such diligent workers in the vineyard.

Part of these efforts has been setting up a YouTube channel (under the name Boston Ordinariate). It is easy enough to set up a channel — it is much more time-consuming to fill it! But we are doing our best.

The most recent effort can be seen below (and on YouTube as well, of course). Produced in house, it is a video of the first song in English we have with its original melody joined to a contemporary image of the Blessed Virgin and Child. The song is by the Anglo-Saxon hermit Saint Godric (who died in 1170) — you can read the rest of the story in the video. The image is also contemporary to the Apparition of Our Lady at Walsingham. The English were famous throughout Europe for their devotion to the Blessed Mother; after her apparition to the noblewoman Richeldis de Faverches at Walsingham there became one of the most famous and sought out in Europe. The shrine image, like the shrine itself, was destroyed in 1538. Modern images use the shrine’s later medieval seal — which may show the image at that time — as a basis. The 12th century depiction is strikingly similar in its overall presentation of the “Sedes Sapientia” iconography…but shows us how the Anglo-Saxons themselves conceived it.

An original seal from Walsingham Abbey which may show the shrine image as it existed in the high middle ages; both modern images for the renewed shrine(s) — Anglican and Catholic — have been based on this representation.

An original seal from Walsingham Abbey which may show the shrine image as it existed in the high middle ages; both modern images for the renewed shrine(s) — Anglican and Catholic — have been based on this representation.

The first modern image was that for the Anglican shrine; like many medieval images (and modern ones in some countries) it is dressed in robes which change according to the Feast.

The first modern image was that for the Anglican shrine; like many medieval images (and modern ones in some countries) it is dressed in robes which change according to the Feast.

The second modern image, for the Catholic shrine, was carved in Italy.

The second modern image, for the Catholic shrine, was carved in Italy.

And finally: a peep at what Richeldis de Faverches and the first pilgrims to Walsingham imagined — and perhaps saw — when they arrived:

Brunch at the Bradfords

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Father and Mrs. Bradford hosted a brunch for us at their home after Mass on Sunday, July 16th. Chef Paul Uttaro started preparing the food while we were at Mass so it was ready for us to eat when we arrived. He served various frittatas, garden salad with his special dressings, scones, and coffee cake. This was followed by sumptuous dessert cakes and pies with fresh fruit.

An enjoyable time was had by all.

A new video — the Regina Cæli

Parishioner, Corrine Paige, has been taking videos and photographs for several months now; the first video to be published is of our final devotion during Eastertide: singing the ancient Marian Hymn REGINA CÆLI after Mass. After the Recessional Hymn is finished the Celebrant and servers return to the Sanctuary and go to the Marian Altar, when we begin to sing. Like so much of what happens in our community, our Catholicism has a distinctively Anglican — or English, if you will — accent!

The leaflet insert with the complete song and prayer is here.

The July issue of Contra Mundum is now available

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The July 2017 issue  of our parish paper is now available on our sister congregation’s website here. It includes a sermon by Fr. Bradford and articles and writings by noted authors, as well as news and notes for our combined community and congregation, and announcements of upcoming events.

This issue features the following:

  • “Siding with the Lord,” a sermon preached by Father Bradford based on Mark 5:21-43
  • “A Prayer for Our Country” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
  • “Running Along the Way” by Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
  • “The Fount of Joy” by Father Servais Pinckaers, OP, and Professor of Moral Theology at Freiburg
  • “To Believe What God Has Revealed” by the Provost, from The Oratory Magazine, the parish paper of the Brompton (London) Oratory
  • “The Climate Change Debate” by Simon Caldwell, published in The Daily Mail

If you signed up to receive Contra Mundum by mail, you should receive your copy soon. You can have the paper mailed to you by sending a message with your address to office@saintgregoryordinariate.org.

You can read this and all of the issues back to 1998 here.

Bishop Lopes talks about our Missal

We use Divine Worship: The Missal for our worship. Our Bishop, Bishop Steven Lopes, recently presented the Hillenbrand lecture on the origins of this Missal at the Liturgical Institute at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. You can read the text of his lecture here and view our pew Missal here.

Fr. Liias visited us Sunday

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With Fr. Bradford away, we welcomed our founding pastor and good friend, Fr. Jurgen Liias, as our celebrant and preacher at Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 18, 2017. We were able to catch up with Fr. Liias during the coffee hour following Mass.