Maryland Anglo-Catholics begin the journey home

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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.

Brian Saint-Paul

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Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

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