205 EAST COMMERCIAL ST. EXETER, MO ~ 65647
JOIN US IN PRAYER FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE SOVEREIGN NATION OF THE UKRAINE
THE MANSE & CHAPEL OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE ON THE HILL IS THE SEE OF THE ANGLICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA ~ THE ANGLICAN RITE METROPOLIA OF THE UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH ~ AOC ~ A MEMBER OF THE STANDING EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF ORTHODOX BISHOPS ESTABLISHED IN 1951
FOR LAITY LIVING IN THE MISSOURI OZARKS LOOKING FOR A TRADITIONAL CHURCH HOME ~ WE ARE LOCATED NEAR THE CITY OF BRANSON AND THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST ~ THE QUAINT COUNTRY CHURCH WITH THE LIGHTED CROSS ON THE HILL ~ STATE HIGHWAY 86 IN EXETER ~ CALL (417) 835-2102 ~ email: email@example.com
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Friday March 31st, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. ~ Solemn Patronal Celebration of the Three Holy Patroness’s of the Manse & Chapel on the Hill ~ St. Mary Magdalene-The Holy Mother Mary-St. Procula Witness’s to the Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem and the Passion of Christ ~ Blessing of Newly Acquired Church Appointments for the Chapel in Anticipation of Palm Sunday ~ The Ancient Blessing Rites of the Salisbury Cathedral ~ The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ~ The American Missal ~ Sarum Blue Vestments ~ Special Intention of the Liturgy is for Brother Peter & Sister Ruth of the Church in Richmond that Almighty God’s Abundant Blessing Rest Upon Their Book of Acts Mission and Ministry as They Serve Holy Mother Church in the Anglican Rite Metropolia
Sunday April 2nd, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. ~ PALM SUNDAY ~ Procession & Blessing & Distribution of Palm to the Faithful ~ The Rite of the Salisbury Cathedral ~ Red Vestments ~ The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ~ The American Missal ~ Purple Vestments ~ Special Prayers for the Orthodox Church of America & Dependencies ~ Archbishop Michael Kirkland & Presbytera Sophia of the Church in New Albany
THE MANSE & CHAPEL ON THE HILL OFFERS TRADITIONAL ORTHODOX CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND ANGLICAN WORSHIP ~ THE BOOK OF ACTS FAITH ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS ~ BIBLICAL MORALITY ~ COMMON SENSE SERMONS BASED ON THE ENTIRE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT OF THE SACRED SCRIPTURES ~ LITURGICAL PUBLIC WORSHIP USING THE PRAYER BOOK & MISSAL OF ORTHODOX ENGLAND.
We are a Parochial Living Witness of the Christ Founded Ancient Church of the British Isles
Established at Glastonbury circa 37 A.D. by St. Joseph of Arimathea accompanied by St. Mary Magdalene, St. Lazarus and Sts. Mary and Martha of Bethany
Here you will Find and Experience
The King James Bible as Published & Authorized in 1611 ~ Traditional Family Values ~ Dedicated Seminary Educated Clergy Engaged in Full Time Parochial Ministry
THE HOLY BIBLE & THE LITURGICAL WORSHIP OF OLDE UNDER ON ROOF WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE AUTHORITY OF ONE OR THE SPLENDOR OF THE OTHER
- The Book of Common Prayer 1928 Edition for Low Mass Holy Communion Service
- The 1549 English Sarum Book of Common Prayer
- The American Missal (1951 ed.) used for Solemn Mass (being)
- THE DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. TIKHON
- The Divine Liturgy ~ The Holy Communion Service ~
- The Divine Service
- The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ~ The Holy Eucharist
- Designations Used for The Breaking of Bread in the Book of Acts
- The Ancient Sarum-Corinthian Rite of The Salisbury Cathedral as Modified and Celebrated by P.G. Medd+ is used for the Divine Liturgy on Appointed Feast Days or upon special Request of our Laity.
- WE RECITE THE NICENE CREED IN ITS ORIGINAL RENDERING AGREED UPON BY THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH IN 325 A.D.
Our Clergy wear Traditional Olde Style Vestments. Our Priest’s and Bishop’s follow the Custom of the Centuries and face the Altar in the Celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Our female members follow the directive of St. Paul the Apostle and wear head veils during all Services of Public Worship. Veils are Provided for all Females who for Whatever Reason are Without one Upon Entering the Chapel. 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
Peace & Apostolic Blessings from 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. The Historic and First Religious Entity in the Universal Church to use the post nominals OCR after the names of her Members. The Order was Organized in Leeds, England in 1900 A.D. on the Feast of Christ the King. We are Orthodox in Belief – Catholic in Communion – Anglican-Old Style English in Liturgy and Book of Acts in Mission.
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 Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, The Divine Liturgy which also is appropriately called (as stated above) the Divine Service , the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Communion Service are all correct designations of our Glorious 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, Prayer Services 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.
Originally Constructed in 1930 ~ Undergone 2 Major Renovations in 2009 & 2017-2018
Located on the Grounds are the Manse which houses the Pastoral Center, are 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 Rexist’s in Residence. Next to the Manse is the free standing Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene which is the Heart and Soul of our Christian Faith Based Community. In good weather the Chapel is open to the Public every day for Private Devotion and Prayer. Please call prior to coming to make certain we are here and available for your most Welcomed Visit. We make available to all Seekers Prayer Books and Bible’s to aid them during their Devotions.
The New Church Sign
The Manse and Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene on the Hill is easily identified by the custom designed Church Sign prominently displayed and visible near the edge of the property. The Chapel is furnished with a large Antique Brass and Milk Glass Lighted Cross (circa 1930’s) that was salvaged from a closed Protestant Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was employed formerly as an Altar Cross. When lighted after dark the Chapel can be seen from quite the distance.
Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea
Relic Cutting from the Glastonbury Thorn
The Chapel is appointed with Liturgical items 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 of St. Augustine whose resident Pastor was North American Old Roman Catholic Archbishop Emile Rodriguez y Fairfield located on Brooklyn Avenue in East Los Angeles, California. The Statue dates back to the early 1900’s and has been professionally Restored to its former Glory.
The Altar & Tabernacle Palm Sunday
A Tabernacle once owned and in Use by Archbishop Joseph Rene Vilatte the Historic Western Rite Orthodox Missionary Bishop who labored in Wisconsin beginning in the 1890’s. The Handcrafted Set of Stations of the Cross on Wood were fashioned and personally bestowed to us by Springfield, Missouri artist Jack Bresee. Mr. Bresee originally donated the beautiful Set of Stations to an Episcopal Church in Springfield. The Rector accepted them on the condition they be hung in the Church and put into Service. Months passed and it was determined the promise of use made by the Rector would not be kept. They were ultimately returned to Mr. Bresee and he forthwith joined our Parish and donated them to us. The Service of Blessing and Dedication of the Stations was well attended and covered by local news media. Jack was called to his Eternal Reward in March 2021.
St. Procula Pleads the Case of Christ to Husband Pontius Pilate
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.
Constructed in December 2008 ~ Completed and Appointed September 2009 ~ Dedicated & Consecrated on the Feast of Christ the King 2009
WE WELCOME YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
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. All are Welcome to Visit and attend our Services of Public Worship. All we ask is that you Respect our Traditions and Customs. We require Sainthood and Perfection of no one. We do Expect those who seek us to Comport themselves with the Honor and Dignity that Christ gained for through his Crucifixion, Death and Resurrection.
“PRO DEO ET HUMANITATE”
THE ORTHODOX CHURCH OF AMERICA AND DEPENDENCIES