Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Blessed Christmas to all!



And let us endeavour to keep the Mass in Christmas!

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin: Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

21 on the 21st

21 on the 21st: today, the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, is the 21st Anniversary of my Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Holy Catholic Church, for which gift I remain most profoundly grateful to God. Please pray for me.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas 2017 at Saint Barnabas Church Dunwoody Georgia



The 2017 CHRISTMAS Service Schedule:
Sunday 24th December, Fourth Sunday in Advent Sung Mass 10am
Christmas Prelude of Carols and Anthems 6.30pm
Christmas Eve Family Mass 7pm

Christmas Prelude of Carols and Anthems 10.30pm
Christmas Eve Solemn High Mass 11pm

Christmas Day, Monday 25th December, Sung Mass 10am
The Feast of Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Tuesday 26th December, Mass 12 Noon
The Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist, Wednesday 27th December, Mass 12 Noon
The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Thursday 28th December, Mass 7pm
The Feast of Saint Thomas Becket of Canterbury, Friday 29th December, Mass 12 Noon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ecuador
















An Anglican Province of America missions team consisting of Bishop Chandler Holder Jones, Suffragan of the Eastern United States, Dean Ralph Waterhouse of Saint Alban’s Cathedral, Oviedo, Florida, and Canon David Haines, Vicar General for Global Partnerships, visited Ecuador in August 2017. The team departed the United States on August 23 and returned on August 31. The APA team was joined by a mission team from Worthy Endeavors, a Christian missionary organization, consisting of Richard and Karen Todd, Matthew and Ivy McBurney and their son Oliver, and Peter Brundage. Both Matthew and Ivy served as translators during the visit. The teams met at the airport hotel in Quito and then traveled to Riobamba in the province of Chimborazo, the heart of mountainous, central Ecuador. En route to Riobamba and before leaving Quito, the teams visited a community of migrant Kechwa people who have moved to the city in search of employment. They have formed a local congregation and meet in rented space on the outskirts of the city.

Taking a mission trip to Ecuador to express love and support for the indigenous Kechwa people, devout Christians who for five-hundred years have suffered oppression from the Roman Church and the secular state alike, is guaranteed to be a life-changing experience. It was for the APA team. The cruel hacienda agricultural system, first implemented by the Roman Church and then reinforced by the secular government, effectively enslaved these native Christian people for generations. The Anglican Church has brought them a new sense of hope and promise for the future. These faithful Kechwa people have been organized into a Church called the Indigenous Pastoral of La Provincia Anglicana de America en Ecuador. They all stand in need of greater economic development and greater personal and political freedom.

During the second day, a clergy conference and teaching session took place to discuss various aspects of the ministry and to outline the itinerary for the remainder of the mission visit. During this session, Bishop Chad gave a very thorough outline of Traditional Anglicanism with particular emphasis on the features that make it distinctive from Roman Catholicism. This presentation was most helpful for the ten indigenous Ecuadorian clergy and for the Worthy Endeavors team members present.

In the remaining days, the teams were able to visit six additional communities as well as the property in the city of Gaumote which is used to administer the Indigenous Pastoral of the Anglican Province of America in Ecuador, and where it is hoped that a community center and seminary will soon be built. In the course of these visits, Bishop Chad confirmed twelve young people, six of whom he baptized prior to confirmation, and ordained three men to the Sacred Priesthood, Carlos Enrique Ayol Paca, Pedro Lema Marcatoma, and Luis Alberto Guaman Lojano.

Five of the six communities have received grants through Samaritans Purse, the well-known evangelical Christian missionary effort, to upgrade their church buildings, and Richard Todd, serving as its proxy, was able to inspect four of the churches where the work was completed or in progress. One community had just received the funding the week before our arrival and so no construction had yet begun.

On the day before our departure, a meeting was held at the administrative property in Guamote to review a budget for next year and to outline the planned development of churches and other facilities. The importance of developing self-help and community projects for the women of the communities, as well as their role in the church in preparation of the altar, and teaching children, was raised by Karen Todd.  Various aspects concerning clergy training and the adoption of the Anglican liturgy were also discussed, and the Indigenous Pastoral has agreed to use the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer in Spanish (Libro de Oracion Comun) as its official Prayer Book.

During the mission trip, Bishop Chad was privileged to ordain the first three indigenous Anglican priests in the history of Ecuador; the team also visited three communities which had never before in history received the visit of a bishop. The enthusiasm which greeted the team in these places was understandably overwhelming.

The Kechwa people speak both the Spanish and Kechwa languages in personal conversation, and the Liturgy employs both languages at every service. Spanish is used for the liturgical prayers, such as the Collects, scripture readings, and the Canon of the Mass, etc., and the hymns are sung in Kechwa. The Kechwa choirs sing enthusiastically in their native dialect and perform choreographed movements while they sing. 

The long-standing desire of the Kechwa people is to have a self-determining, self-governing, autonomous orthodox Church completely free of political interference and free from both state and Roman Catholic control. The Kechwa Indigenous Pastoral was created in 2006 after it was decided democratically that the native people could no longer tolerate the neglect and abuse suffered at the hands of the Roman Catholic authorities. All indigenous had been Roman Catholics since conversions during the Spanish colonisation period in the sixteenth century. In the late twentieth century the Roman Church began to exact fees and payments from the Kechwa people for sacraments and services celebrated. Exorbitant fees, beyond that which the native people could afford, were required for all Masses, baptisms, and weddings.

Through the ministry of Richard and Karen Todd of Worthy Endeavours, the existence of this Church was brought to the attention of Bishop Grundorf, who in turn asked Canon David Haines to investigate. After a two year investigation process and the licensing by the government of the APA allowing it to minister in Ecuador, the end result was the reception of the Indigenous Pastoral into the Anglican Province of America in 2016. 

The Indigenous Pastoral of La Provincia Anglicana de America en Ecuador is a canonical Missionary District of the APA. It is, in effect, a missionary diocese within our Province. It has a governing council much like a Diocesan standing committee and can hold its own Synod. It is eligible to elect a bishop and will probably do so within the next five years. Its canonical territory is the entire country of Ecuador, but its constituency is entirely comprised of indigenous native Kechwa people. It finally fulfills the perennial dream of the Kechwa people to have their own native Church. 

On the day of our departure the team spent part of the day visiting sites in Quito before our various flights left late in the evening of August 30.



There are currently thirty-three APA communities in Chimborazo with a total of twenty thousand people. There are currently five priests, five deacons, and one postulant in this group.  Please pray earnestly for Ecuador, the Kechwa people, and our Indigenous Pastoral, and please support this mission. These people now belong to our Anglican family.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 Anglican Joint Synods Videos



The following links are the videos from the 2017 Anglican Joint Synods in Atlanta, October 2-6, 2017. Feel free to share them with any interested parties. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

All Saints and All Souls


Please join us at Saint Barnabas Church Dunwoody for All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November 2017: 
Masses are celebrated each day at Noon and 7pm.

The Catholic Luther


On this particular day in history, let us please recall that Father Martin Luther explicitly taught amongst other things:
1. The Real Bodily Presence of the True Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist.
2. The necessity of the Eucharistic liturgy, which he called the Mass.
3. The sacramental regeneration of the soul in infant Baptism by affusion. Rebaptism was forbidden and immersion was not required.
4. Confession and Absolution are a sacrament.
5. The Power of the Keys is inherent in the ordained ministry.
6. Our Lady is Ever-Virgin Mother of God.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Four Continuing Churches Establish Communio in Sacris



By David W. Virtue, DD
www.virtueonline.org
October 6, 2017

Four Continuing Anglican bodies made history this week, 40 years after they broke away from The Episcopal Church over the ordination of women.

In Atlanta this week, The Anglican Catholic Church, The Anglican Church in America, The Anglican Province of America and The Diocese of the Holy Cross signed a Communio in sacris establishing full communion with each other.

The ordination of women priests in the United States in 1976 was the lightening rod issue that led to the founding of the Continuing Anglican Movement in 1977. Its Affirmation of St. Louis declared the ordination of women (by the Episcopal Church in the USA and the Anglican Church of Canada) to be a matter of schism and to have caused a break with apostolic succession.

In their statement this week they declared:

We acknowledge each other to be orthodox and catholic Anglicans in virtue of our common adherence to the authorities accepted by and summarized in The Affirmation of St. Louis in the faith of the Holy Tradition of the Undivided catholic church and of the seven Ecumenical Councils.

We recognize in each other in all essentials the same faith; the same sacraments; the same moral teaching; and the same worship; likewise, we recognize in each other the same Holy Orders of bishops, priests, and deacons in the same Apostolic Succession, insofar as we all share the episcopate conveyed to the Continuing Churches in Denver in January 1978 in response to the call of the congress of Saint Louis; therefore,

We welcome members of all of our Churches to Holy Communion and parochial life in any and all of the congregations of our Churches; and,

We pledge to pursue full, institutional, and organic union with each other, in a manner that respects tender consciences, builds consensus and harmony, and fulfills increasingly our Lord's will that His Church be united; and,

We pledge also to seek unity with other Christians, including those who understand themselves to be Anglican, insofar as such unity is consistent with the essentials of Catholic faith, order, and moral teaching

The following signatures included:
The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh
The Most Rev. Mark Haverland
The Most Rev. Walter Grundorff
The Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett

The 'G4' Communion

















On 6 Oct 2017 the primates of the Anglican Catholic Church, the Anglican Province of America, the Anglican Church of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross signed an agreement pledging to seek “full, institutional and organic union with each other”.
The four continuing churches affirmed their common doctrines and disciplines set forth in the 1977 Affirmation made at the Congress of St Louis, the traditions of the undivided catholic church, and the seven ecumenical councils of the catholic church. They further recognized the orders of the clergy of each of the jurisdictions and acknowledged a common episcopal succession arising from the Denver Congress of 1978.
The affirmation opened the door to reunion with other Anglican groups who share their core principles.
Leaders of the Atlanta joint synod told Anglican Ink that they were open to reunion with the Anglican Church of North America, but at present the question of women’s orders blocked that avenue. The ACNA practices what its leaders calla “mixed economy” on ordination of women to the priesthood and diaconate, allowing a local option for each diocese to decide....

The Atlanta Full Communion Concordat of the Anglican Joint Synods



Quad Cities Anglican Radio Interview about the Anglican Joint Synods

Dear friends, please listen to the interview posted on Quad Cities Anglican Radio, 
Friday 6th October 2017.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Interview about the 2017 Anglican Joint Synods!

Please listen to today's special broadcast on Quad Cities Anglican Radio, Friday 22nd September 2017, regarding the 2017 Anglican Joint Synods here in Atlanta!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Seven Years

Today is the seventh anniversary of my episcopal consecration: please pray for me. God bless you!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Anglican Churches to Sign Statement of Full Communion at Historic Atlanta Joint Synod


Author: 

David Turney




This October the leaders of four Continuing Anglican Churches—The Anglican Church in America (ACA), the Anglican Catholic Church(ACC), the Anglican Province of America (APA), and the Diocese of the Holy Cross (DHC)—will gather in Atlanta for a series of joint synods to formally recognize their growing affinity and to sign an historic statement of full communion.
The four Churches represent 300 congregations in the United States as well as larger memberships in Africa, South America, Oceania, Asia, and England.  The groups have grown increasingly close over recent years, and look to the Congress of Saint Louis (1977) and the Affirmation of Saint Louis as common historical and theological touchstones.  The Churches are united by commitments to credal orthodoxy; to traditional Anglican worship; to the threefold Apostolic ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons; and to traditional morality in issues affecting the sanctity of life and human sexuality.
While all four Churches seek closer relations with other ecclesial bodies with Anglican backgrounds, they differ from most of them in a firm belief that innovations since the mid-1970s such as modernist liturgies and the purported ordination of women to Holy Orders constitute unacceptable developments that remove Anglicans from the central Tradition of the Undivided Church of the first millennium.  
The 2017 Anglican Joint Synods will meet over the week of October 2nd to 6th 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia Hotel on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.  At the conclusion the Bishops and Councils are expected to sign an agreement establishing full communion, known as “communio in sacris”, and formally pledge to pursue full unity.  These documents aim to reconcile several contentious issues and, more significantly, open up reciprocity of holy orders and sacramental life.
During the October meetings, the four Churches will discuss common plans for mission and evangelism, signaling a new chapter in their life and ministry together.  Each Church will hold its own mandatory business meetings and Synods, but the four will join together throughout the week for common worship and social occasions.
The four Churches and their episcopal leaders are the Anglican Church in America, led by Presiding Bishop Brian Marsh; the Anglican Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Mark Haverland; the Anglican Province of America, led by Presiding Bishop Walter Grundorf, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross, led by Bishop Paul Hewett.
The combined Synod Mass at the hotel on Friday morning at 11am, October 6th 2017, following the plenary session, will be a joint celebration expressing the sacramental communion of the four Churches. The public is invited to attend the Mass. All interested people are urged to make plans now to attend this unique history-making event.
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Questions about this Press Release or about the Atlanta Joint Synods may be directed to the Rt. Rev. Chandler Holder Jones, Bishop Suffragan of the Anglican Province of America’s Diocese of the Eastern United States.  Bishop Jones serves as rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Dunwoody Georgia and can be reached by contacting the church office.  See www.stbarnabasatl.org.
 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dogma Not Discipline

This essay delineates what the authentic Anglican Church teaches about the nature of the Apostolic Ministry: any prospective communion between the orthodox catholic Continuing Churches and the ACNA is now unattainable.

The controversy regarding the male character of the sacred Ministry is an unfortunate one, but one which continues to gain momentum and intensity in many parts of the Christian and post-Christian world. Our position is controversial to those who embrace the new hermeneutic, or the novel interpretation of the Christian Faith which has been developed over the past forty years, and yet it is our position which has been held 'everywhere, always, and by all' (Saint Vincent of Lerins) throughout two-thousand years of orthodox Christian Tradition and teaching. The definition of the Catholic Faith is that it is the Faith which passes the threefold test of universality, antiquity, and consent. 

The ordination of women fails each of these tests. The male nature of the sacramental priesthood is a received part of the catholicity of the whole Church. The entire Holy Catholic Church, East and West, for two-thousand years has always held that the ministerial priesthood sacramentally represents Jesus Christ, and is therefore male in essence, for the catholic priesthood of the whole Church is the 'icon of the Incarnation.' Simply put in a deductive form: 1. Jesus Christ is true Man in a male human nature, 2. the ordained priest in Holy Orders personifies or 'incarnates' the incarnate human nature of Christ, 3. thus the priest must be true man in a male human nature. The Anglican Province of America officially accepts the teaching of the Affirmation of Saint Louis (1977):

Holy Orders
The Holy Orders of bishops, priests and deacons as the perpetuation of Christ's gift of apostolic ministry to His Church, asserting the necessity of a bishop of apostolic succession (or priest ordained by such) as the celebrant of the Eucharist -- these Orders consisting exclusively of men in accordance with Christ's Will and institution (as evidenced by the Scriptures), and the universal practice of the Catholic Church.

The priest stands in the place of Christ, to quote Saint Cyprian of Carthage, at the altar, imaging Our Lord, 'impersonating' Him. Theology describes the ordained priest as in persona Christi capitis, that is, in the Person of Christ the Head of the Church. Christ is the Head of the Church, the Bridegroom of the Bride (Ephesians 5.20ff). Therefore the priest, the alter Christus, 'another Christ,' is the living icon or image of Christ the Bridegroom to His Bride the Church. The priest is the sacramental identification or personification of the incarnate Christ, the representative of God to man and man to God. 


The catholic priest is the Bridegroom and Head of the Church, in the Person of Christ. A bishop or priest is not ordained per se to fulfil a function, but rather to be the icon or image of Christ: the Sacrament of Holy Orders is ontological, a matter of being, not functional, or simply to play a role. The priest is ordained to be the icon of Christ. Hence, a woman cannot be ordained because she cannot be an icon of the Bridegroom to the Bride. Biblical orthodox Christianity has always used the metaphors, images, and types found in Holy Scripture which reveal in nuptial terms that God is the Bridegroom and Head, and His People, the Church, is the Bride. The ordained man 'puts on Christ' in his priestly ordination; he possesses an ontological indelible sacramental character which configures him to Jesus Christ in a unique way. 

The priest in apostolic succession is the great sacrament of Christ, the sacramental man in the Sacramental Man Himself. The ordained sacramental priest has no priesthood of his own, but shares in, sacramentally manifests, and extends to the Church the One Eternal Priesthood of Jesus Christ. We believe the male character of the Sacrament of Holy Orders is a truth revealed by God, essential to the nature of the sacrament as instituted by Christ and the Apostles and fundamental to the purpose for which the gift of the Apostolic Ministry was conveyed by Christ to the Church (I Corinthians 14.34-40). The sacramental sacerdotal priesthood exists to image of our Lord Jesus Christ in time and space, to represent Our Lord sacramentally as a living instrument of Christ. Ordination is the sacrament of history, the conveyance of Christ's sacramental structure in the Church, and thus Christ's presence, throughout time. 

The ordained priesthood is the extension and continuation of the very Ministry of our Blessed Lord through the course of the ages. We believe that the Church does not have the authority or competence to alter what is believed to be an salvific institution of divine origin: 'Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.' (ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS of John Paul II). On this matter, both the Roman and Eastern Churches have been faithful guardians and custodians of the Apostolic Tradition. The Catholic Faith of the creeds and councils stipulates that to deny the male essence of the priesthood, the image of the Incarnation, is to deny the reality of the Incarnation of the Word made flesh.


Ironically, it is not that we do not believe that women cannot be priests, in negative terms: it is that we believe, positively, that Our Lord Jesus Christ definitively instituted a male Apostolic Ministry in a sacrament which requires as its outward and visible sign the male subject of ordination. We believe that the priesthood of Jesus Christ transmitted in Holy Orders is one of the most profound gifts of God to His Church, a divine mercy granted the Church for her edification and salvation. Therefore even the Pope or an Ecumenical Council does not possess the authority substantially to change what has been revealed directly by God to be an permanent component of the life and ministry of the Church. In this respect, the action of certain provinces of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches to change the prerequisite of a divinely-ordained sacrament is a unilateral innovation of the most egregious kind. By doing so, such provinces have not only severed their communion with the larger Church Catholic of the ages, but have irrevocably changed the substance of the sacraments instituted by the Lord Jesus. 

The question of the ordination or non-ordination of women is not a political or social justice issue, although it is often confused by its politically-correct promoters as such. Rather, the nature of sacred ordination is an issue of divine revelation and authority, a theological concern only - and one upon which our salvation depends. In the teaching and theology of the Holy Catholic Church, the validity of the sacraments, particularly the Holy Eucharist, depends on the validity of the Christ-given priesthood which administers them. And the sacraments exist to guarantee the conferral of divine life; they are the divine assurances and covenanted means of grace without which we do not possess the certainty of grace. 'Let that celebration of the Eucharist be considered valid which is held under the bishop or anyone to whom he has committed it. Where the bishop appears, there let the people be, just as where Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not permitted without authorization from the bishop either to baptize or to hold a Eucharist; but whatever he approves is also pleasing to God. Thus everything you do will be proof against danger and valid' (Saint Ignatius of Antioch, To the Smyrnaeans 8). 

Anglicans have always held in common with whole Undivided Church that true bishops and priests are required for the validity of a true Eucharistic celebration. The Holy Eucharist, in turn, is generally necessary for salvation (S. John 6.50-66, BCP 581). In blunt terms - 'No bishop, no Church. No priest, no Eucharist, no salvation.' All tie together in one tremendous economia of divine grace. We believe the male catholic priesthood was revealed by God for the salvation of man, and to tamper with it is to tamper with the divine gift of salvation. I do hope these thoughts will be of use to you and will be helpful in your consideration of the complex and vitally important subject of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

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