St. Anselm's is a Roman Catholic Mission of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. It is a "common identity" community in which certain elements of the Anglican tradition and ethos are retained. This community has no affiliation with the so called Continuing Anglican Movement or with any branch of the Episcopal Church. Rather it's members, many of whom are converts from the Episcopal Church have been granted permission to retain some elements of the Anglican heritage while remaining fully Roman Catholic.
Throughout the world the Catholic Church has numerous liturgical rites all under the authority of the Pope, and the Church has always taught that there can be ligitimate diversity in unity. While the liturgy at St. Anselm's is not a separate rite, it is the only approved variation of the Latin Rite in the United States.
The Anglican Use or "Pastoral Provision" was created in accordance with a decision of Pope John Paul II in 1980 as a result of a proposal of the bishops of this country to develop terms under which former members of the Episcopal Church, including clergymen could be admitted into full communion in the Catholic Church while retaining some elements of their liturgy, tradition and devotional life. In the document of the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium, it is stated that: "The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her powers flows."
To worship at St. Anselm's is to experience the timelessness of the Mass in the fullness of the Catholic tradition with the particular dignity which is found in historic English spirituality. The life of our community is further enriched by periodic celebrations of Evensong, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Lenten Stations of the Cross, various Novenas and other liturgical devotions throughout the year.
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