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How Anglicans Worship – Part 8

September 23, 2019 by

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Processions Interrupting the order here to answer questions I’d received from earlier in the “How Anglicans Worship” series. Let me begin by observing that there are six general types of processions: Entrance, Gospel, Offertory, Exit, Holy Day, and Special Occasion. Order in processions ought be pretty straightforward. Older manuals used to prescribe slightly different orders […]

How Anglicans Worship – Part 7

January 20, 2019 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Ancient Worship…Timeless Faith

May 18, 2012 by

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A few years ago, a fellow priest (hi Jerry!) and I began using the phrase with which I’ve titled this post on websites and printed matter to refer to our traditional Anglican liturgy.  We had realized that the word “traditional” had come to have some bad connotations…for example, to a Roman Catholic, it meant “all […]

ACNA Liturgical Revision

March 12, 2012 by

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Many have asked in other venues about the ACNA prayerbook revision process that is ongoing.  For those who are interested, here is the guiding principles that committee is following, and here is the Ordinal they have produced.  This Ordinal is the first published liturgy from that group.  They plan to have a Eucharist produced by […]