Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Anglican Use is Coming to Kansas City

Father Ernie Davis, administrator of St. Therese Little Flower Parish in Kansas City, has announced that an 11:15 a.m. Anglican Use Liturgy of the Word from The Book of Divine Worship will be held every Sunday beginning September 7 at St. Therese.

Earlier this year, an Anglican parish in Kansas City approached Fr. Davis about "coming home" to the Catholic Church. This development dovetailed well with Fr. Davis' interest in the Anglican Use. Fr. Davis is a former Episcopal priest who entered into the full communion of the Catholic Church about ten years ago and was ordained by Bishop Emeritus Raymond Boland in 2002.

The Anglican Use is a provision the Church makes available to former Anglicans and Episcopalians who, in Fr. Davis' words, "(are) nostalgic for the beauty and grace of the Anglican liturgy." Our Lady of the Atonement is an existing Anglican Use Parish in San Antonio and they've posted the Order of the Mass for those interested in what it looks like.

Well, everything is coming together quickly now and the Anglican Use Liturgy of the Word will be prelude and preparation for those former Anglicans seeking Confirmation from Bishop Finn. When that occurs, St. Therese will be home to a regular full Liturgy according to the Anglican Use.

We'll post more information when it is available. In the meantime check out Fr. Davis' new blog, and the website for the newly formed Kansas City Chapter of the Anglican Use Society.