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ALEXANDRIA, VA: Ordinariate-bound Group to Celebrate Anglican Use Mass in DC

ALEXANDRIA, VA: Ordinariate-bound Group to Celebrate Anglican Use Mass in Washington, DC

March 14, 2011

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Society of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia (STCS) will celebrate its first Anglican Use Mass on Saturday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the abbey church of St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, DC.

The STCS was formed in 2010 to build an Anglican Use parish which will become part of the ordinariate once it is established in the United States under the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus. Anglicanorum coetibus was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in November, 2009, and it allows groups of Anglicans to enter the full communion of the Catholic church while retaining much of their patrimony.

The STCS is currently meeting for regular services of Evening Prayer at St. Anselm's Abbey. They use the Book of Divine Worship for the worship services, which is an adaptation of the Book of Common Prayer that is approved for use in Anglican Use Catholic parishes.

Music for this Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent will be led by the St. Thomas of Canterbury 12-voice schola and will include works by Tallis, classic Anglican Lenten hymns, and propers from the Anglican Use Gradual. This Mass is an approved form of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church and will fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation for all Catholics.

The celebrant for the Mass will be Fr. Eric Bergman, a Pastoral Provision priest and chaplain of the St. Thomas More Society of Scranton, PA. Fr. Bergman is a former Episcopal priest who was ordained a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton in April of 2007. Father Bergman will also speak on Anglicanorum coetibus at a reception following the Mass.

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Society invites persons of all faiths to join them for the Mass and for the reception afterwards. Directions and more information can be found on the Society's website, http://www.stthomascanterbury.org.


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