Anglican Use Group in Washington, DC to Offer Service in Thanksgiving for the Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter and Father Jeffrey N. Steenson as Ordinary.

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The St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Use Society of Washington, DC will offer a service of Evensong in thanksgiving for the erection of an Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and the appointment of the first Ordinary.

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Use Society of Washington, D.C. (STCS) will offer a special service of Evensong to celebrate the historic erection of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and the appointment of The Reverend Jeffrey N. Steenson as its first ordinary on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

The Evensong will be at 4:00 p.m. St. Anselm’s Abbey Church (4501 South Dakota Ave NE) in Washington, D.C. A reception will follow. The public is invited.

Evensong is one of the most dignified and characteristically Anglican services. This one will be sung according to the Vatican-approved Book of Divine Worship which incorporates Anglican (Episcopal) elements and orthodox Catholic worship. The Book of Divine Worship is an adaptation of the Book of Common Prayer.

The music for the service will include works by Charles Villiers Stanford, including:

O Praise God in His Holiness (Psalm 150) for the Introit
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C, Op. 115
Te Deum in B flat, Op. 10

"We are thankful for the generosity of the Pope in erecting the ordinariate here in the United States, and we hope to welcome many Anglicans and Episcopalians into the Catholic Church both here in DC and throughout the country," said James W. Farr, Jr., president of STCS.

Farr also stated that the members of STCS are especially grateful to St. Anselm's Abbey, and to its abbot, the Right Reverend Dom James Wiseman, for continuing to host STCS. The monks are leading the Society's Inquirer's Classes.

The ordinariate was established January 1, 2012 in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI to allow former Episcopalians and Anglicans to come into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining parts of their Anglican heritage.

“The establishment of the Personal Ordinariate is an historic moment in the history of the Church,” Father Steenson said. “For perhaps the first time since the Reformation in the sixteenth century, a corporate structure has been given to assist those who in conscience seek to return to the fold of St. Peter and his successors.”

For more information about the service or STCS, e-mail James Farr at codeblueiii(at)yahoo(dot)com or visit the Society's website at


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