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Apr
15

I want a religion

I want a religion Some say, "I want a relationship, not a religion." But I say "I rather like my religion, and I'm pretty sure it's good for me."
Apr
8

The liturgy, the crucible of love

The liturgy, the crucible of love What is at stake in worship is not perfect performance but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, union with Christ in his sacrifice, offering every part of ourselves and our lives to God.
Mar
28

The blessing of confession

The blessing of confession Some urge that confession be restricted to Lent in future liturgies. Yet to omit confession would also omit the great blessing we receive through the weekly challenge to confess, forgive, and be forgiven.
Mar
26

The river at Eastertide

The river at Eastertide There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
Mar
25

“My soul eats twice”: the strange alignment of Annunciation and Passion in 2016

“My soul eats twice”: the strange alignment of Annunciation and Passion in 2016 The Holy Spirit "speaks" through the calendar, and this becomes a proclamation of the purest sort: the kind that the "heavens" rather than the Reformed pastors "declare."
Mar
23

The paradox of this week

The paradox of this week Our highly choreographed liturgies, our rituals of human achievement, may be tinged with failure.
Mar
21

Paschal mystery

Paschal mystery Liturgy closes the distance between our own time and the events of salvation history, and our identification with those events is an essential part of how this takes place.
Mar
2

Justin Welby, liturgy, and orthodoxy in the Anglican future

Justin Welby, liturgy, and orthodoxy in the Anglican future For Justin Welby, if there is a way forward for the Communion, it will be liturgical. The liturgy shows us what togetherness really looks like, how structure may prove fruitful, and why we must be patient.
Feb
10

Good Lord, deliver us

Good Lord, deliver us The Great Litany, to be used by many of us this coming Sunday, was the first official vernacular liturgy for the Church of England.
Jan
12

How to read the Bible in church: 7 tips

How to read the Bible in church: 7 tips The way we read the Bible in church is a reflection of how seriously we take the Bible in the life of the Church.
Dec
31

Joy comes in the morning

Joy comes in the morning Tonight the Church begins the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. In the Western monastic tradition, the Divine Office for this feast is an extended meditation on the mystery of the Incarnation in ways that Sunday morning worshippers rarely have the opportunity to pray. Ruminating on these special antiphons is the Benedictine way of lectio-meditatio-contemplatio, and I am delighted to be...
Dec
3

O come, let us say the entire Venite

O come, let us say the entire Venite Venite is the Latin name for Psalm 95, which is appointed in the order for Morning Prayer before the daily portion of psalms. In the history of Anglican liturgical development, the text of this psalm has been an unfortunate casualty, a victim of the impulse to smooth over or eliminate challenging statements from Scripture. The psalm can be roughly divided into two parts: the first half is an invitation to...
Nov
27

Are we done with the ’79 prayer book?

Are we done with the ’79 prayer book? In 1997, Neil Alexander said that "it is not a perfect book and could stand some general improvement in some fairly critical places. But I believe ..."
Nov
20

Learning to tell time liturgically

Learning to tell time liturgically Porter Taylor: Liturgical time is thick. It is different. It is new. And it is utterly real. Our experience with and encounter of the living God through the sacrament of sacraments is the pinnacle of the Church’s worship.

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