The St. Thomas of Canterbury Society of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia (STCS) will celebrate its first Anglican Use Mass on Saturday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. in the abbey church of St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, DC.
The STCS was formed in 2010 to build an Anglican Use parish which will become part of the ordinariate once it is established in the United States under the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus. Anglicanorum coetibus was promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in November, 2009, and it allows groups of Anglicans to enter the full communion of the Catholic church while retaining much of their patrimony.
The STCS is currently meeting for regular services of Evening Prayer at St. Anselm's Abbey. They use the Book of Divine Worship for the worship services, which is an adaptation of the Book of Common Prayer that is approved for use in Anglican Use Catholic parishes.
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