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Evensong at the Vatican

Evensong at the Vatican

From Anglican News:

For the first time ever, Anglican Choral Evensong will be celebrated at the altar of the Chair of St Peter in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican next month. The music will be sung by the renowned Choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Permission for this unique occasion was granted by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, during a recent meeting with Archbishop David Moxon, the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See.

In a statement, the Anglican Centre said: “The gesture reflects the deepening bonds of affection and trust between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church.”

Five months ago Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby celebrated Vespers together at the Basilica of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome.

Read the whole story here.

Photo: by Jraytram at en.wikipedia.


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Prof Christopher Seitz

Nice to see when both are working.

Rod Gillis


Rod Gillis

It is interesting, and to be fair encouraging, to see how officially sanctioned Anglican-Roman Catholic events, all on the up and up, are proceeding.

However, many of us have had first hand experience at the local level with Roman Catholic clergy receiving communion from Anglicans, Roman Catholics allowing Anglicans to receive at mass, concelebrations of Anglican and Roman Catholic priests at weddings and funerals, Roman Catholic good sisters and priests participating fully at the ordinations or inductions of Anglican female clergy, and so on and so on.

There is official ecumenism, and then there is “unofficial” grass roots ecumenical community.

Prof Christopher Seitz

In France (and elsewhere in Europe) great progress has been made on Catholic and Anglican sharing the Offices. Kudos on both sides of this. We are doing a similar thing in our village and the Catholic encouragement has been heartening.

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