The First Thanksgiving

November 26, 2015
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The first thanksgiving--1621, right? Guess again!

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How Anglicans Worship – Part 8

September 23, 2015
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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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!  

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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, […]

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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 […]

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