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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.
Nov
11

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (3) I do not wish to imply in any way that the SCLM is trying to introduce a new Trinitarian theology. Rather, I want to suggest that the Trinitarian implications of their revisions take a back seat to the stated goal of removing gendered language for God.
Nov
10

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2)

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology (2) The way I am providing a picture of the revised eucharistic rite as a whole in Enriching Our Worship is to outline a summary of the ways in which it changes and edits the Rite II communion service in the current 1979 BCP.
Nov
9

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology

Enriching Our Worship: a reading of its Trinitarian theology A conversation about Prayer Book revision is now on the table in the Episcopal Church. Enriching Our Worship shows the likely trajectory of such revision and must be examined.
Oct
26

Churches need incense

Churches need incense Incense may not be a hill worth dying on, but it is at least a hill worth strategizing for. It is a shot to the gut of comfortable, consumer-friendly religion.
Oct
19

Worship works

Worship works Week after week, the Church’s worship in Word and sacrament binds us closer to one another, reminds us of who we are, and brings us into the transforming presence of the risen Jesus.
Oct
16

An appeal for Cranmer’s prayers

An appeal for Cranmer’s prayers When it comes to telling the story of the gospel in the Episcopal Church, I believe there is no clearer and no better way to tell it than with the traditional prayer book liturgy found in Rite 1
Oct
13

To speak as a Christian

To speak as a Christian I am one of those weird people who care about things like relative pronouns. I assume that this might give me assurance of a lifetime membership in the Professional Organization of English Majors, which supports the arts in our country with its sponsorship of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. And I’m going to make myself even more of a oddball by suggesting that relative pronouns might have...
Sep
25

Whoever welcomes one child

Whoever welcomes one child The greatest crisis in the Episcopal Church has nothing to do with human sexuality or BCP revision or "restructuring." If anything is going to sink our ship, it’s this: children (or lack thereof).
Sep
15

On paying attention

On paying attention “Let us attend!” This imperative in the Divine Liturgy caught my attention recently when I had occasion to worship with our Orthodox brethren.

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