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Maryland Anglo-Catholics begin the journey home
Inside Catholic ^ | October 27, 2010 | Brian Saint-Paul

Posted on 10/27/2010 2:28:42 PM PDT by NYer

With Pope Benedict XVI's Anglicanorum Coetibus clearing away the obstacles for Anglicans to reunite with Rome, some Episcopal parishes are doing that very thing. This past Sunday, Baltimore's Mount Calvary Episcopal Church voted to join the Catholic Church, making it the first congregation in Maryland to do so.

The small Anglo Catholic parish at Madison Avenue and Eutaw Street was feeling increasingly alienated from the Episcopal Church as it accepted priests who did not believe in what most of the congregation saw as the foundations of the faith, according to Warren Tanghe, a former Episcopal priest who is now attending St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park and preparing for ordination in the Catholic church….
Tanghe said that while the ordination of gays, lesbians and women has gotten a lot of press attention, he believes that the members of the congregation at Mount Calvary also were upset with other fundamental issues, he said.
"There are some Episcopal clergy who openly question or say they do not believe that Jesus was God and man … who say they do not believe that the father and the son and the Holy Ghost are one triad of God … who do not believe the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ."

It will surely make InsideCatholic readers jealous, but here's the parish's November Music Schedule, taken from its most recent newsletter:

1 November - All Saints
Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd
O quam gloriosum – Tomas Luis de Victoria
Blessed are the pure in heart – Walford Davies

2 November - All Souls
Missa Pro Defunctis - Gregorian Chant

7 November - Trinity XXIII - Within the Octave of All Saints
Mass for Three Voices – William Byrd
Ave verum corpus – William Byrd
Adoramus te – Orlandus Lassus

14 November - Trinity XXIV
O sing joyfully – Adrian Batten
Lead me, Lord – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

21 November - Sunday Next Before Advent
O sacrum convivium – Giovanni Croce
Tantum ergo – Beal Thomas

28 November - Advent I
Hosanna to the Son of David – Arthur Hutchings
People, look East – Besançon Carol

Now that's liturgical music.

Please join me in welcoming home the Rev. Jason Catania, SSC, the Rev. David Reamsnyder, and the parishioners of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church by leaving a greeting in the Comments section below. I'll forward your prayers and best wishes to the parish staff.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: anglican; episcopal; md

1 posted on 10/27/2010 2:28:50 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Welcome home!

2 posted on 10/27/2010 2:29:48 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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Excellent. Would that this were the typical parish offering of music — well, we can dream, can’t we? I hope TEC let’s them keep their building.

3 posted on 10/27/2010 2:36:16 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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This is great news and I hope they keep "Mount Calvary"

I wonder if that means we can look forward to "Mount Holy Olive Second Baptist Zion Church of God in Christ of Resurrected Latter-Day AME Hallelujah Jesus Catholic Parish" someday... That one could be a bit tricky.

4 posted on 10/27/2010 2:40:53 PM PDT by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: NYer

I agree. Welcome Home!

5 posted on 10/27/2010 2:50:27 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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I’m glad my fellow Episcopalians are joining the rest of us who have crossed the Tiber. But isn’t it amazing that a small parish like that can generate enough musical talent to perform Byrd, Gregorian Chants, Tallis, de Vittoria, etc.? Next they’ll be tackling Palestrina! That’s incredible. I may have to trot up to Balmer to hear this.

6 posted on 10/27/2010 3:15:48 PM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: ottbmare
We do the same music, more or less (we're heavy on the English Renaissance composers too) with a choir of anywhere from 15 to 20 amateurs.

If you rehearse with attention and have a good director, this is all quite do-able. We have done the Victoria "O quam gloriosum", the Byrd "Ave Verum Corpus", the Lassus "Adoramus te", the Batten "O Sing Joyfully" (which is a delight to sing, by the way!) No Byrd Mass yet, but no reason why we couldn't - our standard festival Mass is the Mozart "Spaurmesse" in C major and it's fairly tricky in spots.

7 posted on 10/27/2010 3:58:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: NYer

Lovely music, indeed. I’m an anglophile when it comes to Church music, anyway, so maybe this union will encourage Catholic parishes to use that vast wealth of gorgeous music used up till now by the Anglican Church.

8 posted on 10/28/2010 12:16:21 AM PDT by SuziQ
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nuts, these guys are more Catholic than Catholics themselves. We NEED them! Thank God they’re coming to revitalize The Church

9 posted on 10/28/2010 8:59:25 AM PDT by Cronos (This Church is Holy,theOne Church,theTrue Church,theCatholic Church - St. Augustine)
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To: SuziQ
Even the English music was Catholic to begin with. Byrd and Tallis were both Catholic, but Elizabeth didn't mess with either one of them because their music was just too good. Mostly she didn't mess with Byrd. Tallis was in his 80s when the persecutions began in earnest, and just wasn't up to much mischief by then. Byrd, on the other hand, was associated with some pretty desperate characters (including those directly implicated in the Throckmorton Plot and the Gunpowder Plot) and more than once went scooting out the back door with the priest as the authorities came in the front.

So the fact that Elizabeth wouldn't touch him shows just how good his music is.

Seems to me that Catholics have a duty to sing his music, out of solidarity, aside from the fact that it is truly marvelous.

10 posted on 10/28/2010 10:24:17 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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