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G-4, or, a rose by any other name…

September 21, 2019

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Alas (once you start quoting Shakespeare, it has an effect on your own word choices), the Bard may have just got this one wrong. To give some perhaps unneeded context, the […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 7

January 20, 2019

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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, 2019

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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, […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 5

September 21, 2018

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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, 2018

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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, 2018

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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 […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 2

August 4, 2018

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The Opening Rite (continued) The rest of the opening rite, after the preparation, starts with the Introit.  This is one of the so-called minor propers, that change for the day and match the readings and prayers.  The Introit begins with the celebrant ascending to the altar, kissing it in reverent recognition of its holiness and […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 1

August 3, 2018

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I thought it might be a good time to begin a new series of blog posts, walking through the liturgy as it were, and focusing on things as they come up.  We’ll come back later to talk about private preparation prayers, and instead we’ll begin with the public part of the service.  What I hope […]

Back to Basics

March 9, 2018

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Here is the first installment of a class entitled “Back to Basics” that Fr Sutter has taught in a variety of parishes.  Your feedback is coveted. Back to Basics 1 – What is Anglicanism?

SSM Prays for Unity

October 4, 2017

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This week, the four largest and most stable of the continuing Anglican jurisdictions are meeting in synod together in Atlanta. As a way of supporting this monumental event, the Society of St Michael encourages all its members and all other Anglicans to pray and offer the Holy Sacrifice with a special intention for intercommunion that […]