Saturday 14th March 2015
Joanna Bogle has been writing about 'Anglican Patrimony' on her EWTN blog where she tells the story of the transformation of the parish of Precios Blood, London Bridge, since it became an Ordinariate parish. It was, she writes, "a parish where numbers were dwindling and a building which local gossip had said was destined for closure".
"Since then", she continues, "its been an exciting story: church cleaned up, sacristy renewed (and a fine old "lantern" ceiling discovered behind some modern tiles), new heating, the choir gallery restored to use, a shrine to Bl. John Henry Newman (patron of the Ordinariate) installed, a Sunday School started. There is a sense of continuity: the faithful priests and people who kept the parish going are the ones who made possible a welcome to the Ordinariate, and there is goodwill all round."
The parish have just held an Annual General Meeting, another part of their 'Anglican Patrimony', which summed up what the venture is all about:
"The people of Most Precious Blood Parish are bringing new disciples to the knowledge and love of God, are being fed by Word and Sacrament so as to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ, and, guided by the Holy Spirit, are serving the community and are working for the unity of all Christians so that the world may believe."
You can read the full article here.