THE MANSE AND CHAPEL OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE ON THE HILL
Located in the Heart of the Ozarks ~ Exeter of America Missouri
A Local Parochial Living Witness of the Christ Founded
Ancient Church of the British Isles
Established at Glastonbury circa 36 A.D. by the St. Joseph of Arimathea accompanied by St. Mary Magdalene, St. Lazarus and Sts. Mary and Martha of Bethany
BEFORE ROME ~ ~ BEFORE CONSTANTINOPLE ~ BEFORE UTRECHT ~ LONG BEFORE CANTERBURY ~ THERE WAS GLASTONBURY
Ancient Apostolic Orthodox Western Sarum Christianity
Here you will Find and Experience
Bible Based Preaching – Traditional Family Values – Dedicated Clergy
- The 1611 King James Bible in its entirety
- The American Book of Common Prayer 1928 Edition
- Used Strictly for Liturgical Services as was Originally intended in 1549
- The American Anglican Missal
The Ancient Sarum Corinthian Rite of The Salisbury Cathedral as Modified and Celebrated by P.G. Medd+ adapted for local parochial use.
The Nicene Creed is Recited without the Filioque added by the Council of Toledo in Spain circa 531 A.D. This unprecedented and unilateral action was promulgated in Spain by the sole authority of the Spanish Bishops. As time went on the Filioque clause (and from the Son) was arbitrarily inserted in the recitation of the Creed in nearly all Nations and Diocese’s in the Western Church. Sadly it lead to the the Great Schism from the East in 1054.
Our Clergy wear Traditional Old Style Vestments. Our female members follow the directive of St. Paul the Apostle and wear head veils during all Services of Public Worship. We take no shortcuts in the Celebration of any Sacramental Rite or Liturgical Ceremony. All Services Conducted Decently in Order with Dignity.
TRADITION WITH MEANING
Welcome to the Manse and Chapel of St Mary Magdalene on the Hill in Exeter, Missouri, staffed by the Rexist Brothers & Sisters of the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King. Organized in Leeds, England in 1900 A.D. on the Feast of Christ the King. We are Orthodox in Belief – Catholic in Mission – Old Style English in Liturgy.
A full schedule of Traditional Worship is observed. The Manse and Chapel preserves the Orthodox Christian Catholic Faith through fidelity to the principles of Holy Mother Church from time immemorial. A Lighthouse in Today’s Turbulent and Tentative Waters we Find About us in our Daily Living. If it is not broke, Why attempt to Fix It?
The Divine Liturgy which also came to be called the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Eucharist and the Communion Service are all correct designations of our Patrimony. These are expressions of the same Central Act of Christian Worship employed by the Faithful at different times and in various locales of our 2000 year History. All Eucharistic Rites and Sacraments are celebrated weekly or daily and depending on the feast or day of the week in the Chapel adjacent to the Manse or in the Oratory within it.
Located on the Grounds are the Manse which houses the Pastoral Center, the Archbishop John Charles Maier, OCR, Theological Library & Archives, the Christ the King Oratory (used for smaller Liturgical Celebrations) and the Living Quarters for the Rexists in Residence. Next to the Manse is the free standing Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene which is the Heart and Soul of who we are and unceasingly Pray to be.
The Chapel is appointed with Antiques & Liturgical Relics from many Chapels, Churches and Oratories and used in Service by those Saintly men and women who were the fore-bearers of our glorious Tradition. It is hallmarked with a framed Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea encased with a cutting of the Glastonbury Thorn, a unique framed image of St. Mary Magdalene that captivates all who gaze upon it, a Statue of St. Augustine of Hippo in full Pontificals from the historic Cathedral pastored by Archbishop Emile Rodriguez y Fairfield in East Los Angeles, California dating back to the early 1900s, a framed Parchment Document some 200 years old issued by a French Archbishop, and the Cathedra (chair) of Archbishop John Barwell-Walker, sixth Prince de San Luigi (as Edmond I). On October 27th 2021 being the Feast of St. Procula Witness to the Crucifixion & Martyr, we were Blessed to put into Liturgical Service a framed Image of St. Procula. She pleads with husband (Pontius Pilate) not to condemn and sentence our Lord Jesus Christ to Death. Her Witness to the Truth of the Gospel and Conversion have become for us an uplifting example of Courage and Strength. Her Feast Day is one of special Devotion and Celebration at the Manse and Chapel.
We invite you to experience something of our unique Ethos through this website, and where possible to visit personally to join our Christ-centered community as we share our Journey of Faith. We Worship and Live out the Ancient Orthodox Catholic Faith with No Controversy and No Compromise.
FOR PROSPECTIVE INQUIRIES COMING FROM CLERGY AND LAITY OF OTHER TRADITIONS:
We find those who publish exhausting, redundant, confusing and often conflicting so called “lines of successions” as having a flawed and incorrect understanding of the Christian Ministry. We emphasize the Historic Episcopate as the correct rendering of the essence of the Office of a Bishop. Apostolic Lineage being a singular aspect of what the Church requires for Sacramental Priesthood and is that which sustains continuity of Unbroken Episcopal Succession.
Spurious Groups who tout the misnomer of “valid apostolic succession” clearly lack the most rudimentary concept of Holy Orders. And in particular that of the Episcopate. Either one possess’s Tacit Apostolic Succession as a matter of Historical import or he does not. Use of the term “validity” in this sense is completely incorrect and improper. However, there is an Apologia to be made for whether one is a “validly Ordained Minister” of any rank. The argument of “validity” being reduced to the Effectual Order of the Sacrament is the sole “valid” point at issue from a Theological rendering and discussion of the subject. The entire matter being settled some thousand years ago before the Great Schism of 1054. Only the misinformed revisit what was agreed to in conformity to the Dictates of the Holy Spirit by the Church Universal in the Ancient Days of Her Glorious History. (We employ the term “valid” here only for the sake of clarity to potential inquiries as will be shown in the words that follow these below.)
In keeping with the Ancient Fathers of the Undivided Church we have dismissed the Popish legalism of “validity” and have employed in its place “Recognized and Efficacious” as they did. Titles such as Pope, Exarch, Patriarch, Cardinal, Pontiff and Universal Primate have no place among us. Forms of address as “Your Holiness” , “Your Beatitude”, “Your Serene Highness” and “Worshipful” are audacious and repugnant to Holy Scripture being highly disrespectful to the place Almighty God has above His Creation. There is no greater or more noble and undeserved title as Father the Church bestows upon those men Ordained to the Sacred Ministry. Only “I AM THAT I AM” is Holy and only our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ (when He walked among us) has ever Lived out the Beatitudes to Perfection. The “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” alone is worthy of our Worship and Adoration. Him only do we “Worship in Spirit and in Truth” as we are Commanded and Admonished in St. John 4:24.
In matters of Doctrine, Church Polity, Public Worship, Traditional Biblical Morals, Family Values, Human Sexuality, Administration of the Sacraments, a Historic Male Priesthood, Established Parochial Custom, Respect for Law Enforcement and Loyalty to Our Nations Founding Principles; “Here We Stand, for we can do no other”.
“PRO DEO ET HUMANITATE”
“WITH NO CONTROVERSY AND NO COMPROMISE”