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The Portal: September 2013

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The Portal Magazine for September is out.

Published on the first day of every month like clockwork, you can read it online here.

Or download it in pdf. here.






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September 1, 2013 at 18:19

The Portal Mag: June 2013

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The Portal is out.

Read it online here.

Or get it in pdf. here.

Now on a rainy winter day (like today, here in Cape Town), there’s nothing nicer than a cup of hot coffee and a good read.


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June 1, 2013 at 09:04

The Portal Mag: May 2013

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The Portal, by our Ordinariate brothers and sisters, for May is out (a little early). It’s always a great (free read) resource.

You can read it online here.

Or get it in pdf. here.




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April 28, 2013 at 16:45

The (Ordinariate) Portal Mag: October 2012

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I’m a little late on this one (having been away) but the Portal Magazine for October is out. It always makes for some fine (and free) reading.

Now given that it’s Saturday, there should be time to give it a read.

To do so online, go here.

Or simply get it in pdf. here.

And later, I’ll watch the Springbok vs the All Blacks.

Go Bokke!


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

October 6, 2012 at 11:23

The (Ordinariate) Portal Mag: September 2012

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The Portal Magazine for September 2012 is out, offering some nice free reading

You can read it online here.

Or get it in pdf. here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

September 1, 2012 at 16:52

The (Ordinariate) Portal Mag: August 2012

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The Portal Magazine, a monthly on-line magazine covering the Ordinariate, is out. It is a great read – and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m (apparently) Ordinariate gaga or anything.  It really is informative (and free!).

You can read it (which I’m going to be spending the next while doing) online here .

Or download it in pdf. here.


Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

August 1, 2012 at 10:46

Holy See Promulgates First Liturgical Texts for Ordinariates

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The Order for Funerals and Holy Matrimony:

The first liturgical texts approved for worldwide use by the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans have been promulgated by the Holy See.

The Order for Funerals and the Order for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony are to be used by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom; the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States and Canada; and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.

The new liturgies replace existing texts, including those from the Book of Divine Worship. Drawn from the classical Anglican prayer book tradition, the texts incorporate elements of the Anglican patrimony now in the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, noted, “This is an important moment in the development of our distinctive liturgical and ecclesial life. We saw the world stop to watch the Royal Wedding last year, now a very similar and beautiful liturgy is available for use in the Ordinariates of the Catholic Church – it is a great privilege for us to be part of that obvious working-out of practical, receptive ecumenism”.

The liturgies were promulgated by the Congregation for Divine Worship on June 22, 2012, the feast-day of the English saints of the Reformation, John Fisher and Thomas More. They will be implemented in accordance with local civil law requirements in the various nations, with immediate use in the United States and Canada.

“We welcome with gratitude these texts, which bring into Catholic liturgical life some of the most beloved and memorable texts in the Book of Common Prayer. These texts have blessed and comforted generations of English-speaking Christians and will be deeply appreciated in the Ordinariate communities,” said Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.

The new texts were developed under the guidance of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP, who served until recently as the Secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship. Archbishop DiNoia, now the Vice President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, has been re-appointed as chair of the Holy See’s Anglicanae traditiones Commission tasked with developing the new liturgical texts for the Personal Ordinariates. The Reverend Uwe Michael Lang, CO, who also just stepped down from a post with the Congregation for Divine Worship, will also continue his role in the development of the texts.

The texts are available online here.

Written by Fr Stephen Smuts

July 3, 2012 at 15:23


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