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Affirmation of St Louis

February 17, 2014


This document, from 1977, is the defining standard of what Anglicanism is and ought to be. The Affirmation of St Louis

How Anglicans Worship – Part 7

January 20, 2014


Canon Now we reach the very heart of the Eucharist.  For those awaiting my recommendation here, I would have thought it was obvious: the Gregorian Canon.  Naturally I refer to the one printed in the Anglican Missal, specifically, the American edition, but the version found in the English Missal is just as good.  I recommend […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 6

January 3, 2014


From the Offertory through the Sanctus The final prayer of the Offertory, Suscipe Sancta Trinitas (“Receive, O Holy Trinity”) is one I urge to be prayed out loud, not only as a signal to the faithful, but as a reminder of some essential doctrinal elements.  As a reminder, that prayer is: Receive O holy Trinity, […]

Was Christmas Really a Pagan Holiday?

December 24, 2013


  It is almost certain that you’ll run into some well meaning fool who likes to smirk at holiday decorations and with an air of popping the balloons of children announce that “Jesus wasn’t really born on Christmas, you know.”  They will often continue with “Christmas is just another pagan festival that Christianity stole.”  Well, […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 5

September 21, 2013


The Offertory Here we reach a part of the Mass about which many have written much, usually intensely polemical, about the prayers to be used by the celebrant.  Rather than tread through that minefield I will simply say that I don’t see that it really matters whether one use the prayers based on the Jewish […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 4

September 2, 2013


Before diving into this post I should answer a question I was emailed about processions.  I didn’t deal with processions when I wrote about the opening rites because I plan to treat processions separately later.  The emailed question really referred to entrance processions, but we’ll look at all types of processions in one post, after […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 3

August 10, 2013


Parish Mass – Neither Low nor High After receiving some private comments by email, I think I should pause the walk through the Mass and share a couple notes about the project.  As I had said, this is not intended to be descriptive, as there is far too much variation and sloppiness, not to mention […]


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