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Anglican prayers for Personal Ordinariate

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK is about to publish its daily liturgical prayer book, as part of its mission to incorporate Anglican traditions within the Catholic Church.

Father James Bradley, communications officer for the jurisdiction, said that the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham, which contains the order of daily prayer and readings, "shows a deep respect for the Anglican tradition, and gives it space to flourish" in the Catholic Church.

The new prayer book draws heavily from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for its services of Morning and Evening Prayer. It also contains the traditional litany of intercession, along with the "minor hours" of the daily prayer cycle and the traditional night service of Compline.

In keeping with a decision of the Holy See, the text generally maintains the traditional language of Anglican worship, an older, more poetic English dialect that is widely regarded as both aesthetically rich, and spiritually valuable.

While the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham is primarily intended as a liturgical book for the UK ordinariate, Fr Bradley also stressed its potential value "to members of other personal ordinariates" in other countries, as well as "those with an interest in Catholic or Anglican liturgical developments."


New US high school RE stresses orthodoxy

In response to concerns raised by teachers and clergy, the Diocese of Cleveland has revamped its high school religion curriculum for the upcoming year, with a focus on orthodoxy and moral clarity.

Superintendent of Schools Margaret Lyons said that the new program, developed under Bishop Richard G. Lennon, was "Gospel-centred" and "very orthodox." The new teaching materials, she said, also corrected "a shyness about talking about moral issues."

After his appointment in 2006, Bishop Lennon heard concerns raised about the quality of religious instruction in local Catholic schools. Several years of assessments and meetings resulted in changes to the elementary school materials, and a comprehensive overhaul of the high school curriculum.

Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and guidelines from the US bishops' conference, the new program reintroduces elements of Catholic tradition that were "known to previous generations of Catholics but absent from more recent instruction."

Under the new program, Margaret Lyons explained, "students read and are guided through Church documents. They are taught the role and importance of the Magisterium in guarding and passing on the faith, as well as being a sure guide to positive thinking and behaviour."

In response to widespread confusion about the nature and importance of the Church, the program also stresses the Church's unique standing as a divine and human institution, taught and governed by an apostolic authority with "its origin in Jesus Christ."

Cleveland's new curriculum also seeks to cultivate an enduring and lifelong faith, capable of standing up to cultural secularism and moral relativism.

Catholic News Agency

Vocations increase in England and Wales

It is expected that 38 men will be ordained for the priesthood in England and Wales in 2013, nearly double the number of ordinands in 2011, when 20 were ordained.

The Catholic Herald reported the projections, noting that the number of seminarians in the Archdiocese of Southwark alone (26) has more than doubled since 2005, when it had only 10.

The Southwark vocations website states that a "campaign of prayer for vocations has coincided with a dramatic increase in the number of men coming forward as potential candidates for the priesthood."

The vocations director spoke of distributing prayer cards for the rosary and encouraging each parish to hold Holy Hours of prayer, the Catholic Herald reported.

Father Stephen Langridge was appointed full-time director of vocations for the archdiocese in early June - the first time in 30 years that this has been a full-time post.

Zenit News Agency

Vatican II: Eucharistic adoration and processions

Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass. "One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalised this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration," the Pope said during his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi on 7 June.

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