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Pre-Ordinariate Fellowship of Connecticut

"Members of the Ordinariate are fully Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage in their celebration of Mass and in the hospitality and ministries of their Catholic parishes" (https://ordinariate.net/q-a).​

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Our patron saint is St. Nicholas Owen. St. Nicholas Owen, pray for us!


Photos of our first-ever Divine Worship Form Mass (7 PM on the First Sunday of Advent at Holy Trinity in Hartford, CT) can be found here: https://www.catholiclifephotography.net/Public-Galleries/Events/Other/Ordinariate-Mass-181202/?fbclid=IwAR1JVSotfBCXzRNPDYmfTBKf4JTCUjLvfM-sJQv76uTcJbS4hfkXdIYAqsM

Photos of our second-ever Divine Worship Form Mass (7 PM on Palm Sunday at Holy Trinity in Hartford, CT) can be found here: https://www.aohphotos.com/Public-Galleries/Events/Other/2019-Palm-Sunday-Divine-Worship-Mass/


A "personal ordinariate" is a canonical structure within the Catholic Church, established in accordance with the apostolic constitution "Anglicanorum coetibus" (https://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/apost_constitutions/documents/hf_ben-xvi_apc_20091104_anglicanorum-coetibus.html) of November 4th, 2009. These ordinariates were established in order to enable "groups of Anglicans" to join the Catholic Church while still preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual patrimony. 

A personal ordinariate is juridically equivalent to a diocese. Three personal ordinariates currently exist - that of the Chair of St. Peter (for the United States and Canada), that of Our Lady of Walsingham (for England, Wales and Scotland), and that of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (for Australia and Japan).

The Divine Worship Form of the Mass can be most easily characterized by its use of beautiful traditional, hieratic (“heightened”) English. Other notable features are its three traditional ceremonial modes (Low, High & Solemn High), requirement of the use of the Roman Canon at all High Masses and on all Solemnities, and standard liturgical posture of "ad orientem."

Evensong, sung Evening Prayer in the Anglican tradition, is roughly the equivalent of traditional Roman Catholic Vespers. Evensong was first constructed in the 16th century by combining the Roman Catholic liturgies of Vespers and Compline (both of which are part of the Divine [or Daily] Office, also known as the Liturgy of the Hours, which is a cycle of daily, non-Eucharistic services). Compline, the nighttime office, is now celebrated on its own in Anglican communities all over the world. It is the hope of our Fellowship that experiences such as this one – praying this service from the Anglican tradition, all together – might one day bear the fruits of reconciliation between Roman Catholics and Anglicans, and indeed, between all who profess to be Christians.


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