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Christos Anesti!

April 5, 2015

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The Easter Greeting The traditional way Christians greet one another during the great fifty days of Easter, in various languages.   English: Christ is risen!  The Lord is risen indeed!   German: Christ ist erstanden!  Er ist wirklich erstanden!   Greek: Χριστος Aνεστη! Aληθως Aνεστη! (Christos Anesti! Aleithos Anesti!)   Russian: Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе! […]

All Saints and All Souls and Prayers, Oh My!

October 24, 2014

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We come in November to the winding down of the Christian year, but before we get there we have two great observances.  Unfortunately, there are some Christians who get them confused, so let’s look briefly at the first two days of November. November first is the feast of All Saints’, the day when we remember […]

Christians and Hallowe’en

October 23, 2014

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It’s that time of year again–time for crazies to carp and tell you falsehoods about Christianity.  Have a look at my annual post about Hallowe’en!  

Let’s Talk about Evangelism

May 20, 2014

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No, seriously. I just finished listening to a two-part podcast over on Ancient Faith Radio, where the speaker detailed his journey from being a Methodist-who-didn’t-go-to-church, through dedicated Calvinist, and to Orthodoxy. Not the Western Rite of Orthodoxy, either, all the way Eastern and ordained a deacon. The first part of the podcast was his journey, […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 7

January 20, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2013

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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 […]