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May
21

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony

Gathering the fruit, May 21: Roman Catholics ‘recognizing’ the Anglican patrimony What do Roman Catholics consider the "treasures" or "elements of sanctity" in the Anglican tradition?
May
17

The good news of God’s wrath

The good news of God’s wrath The modern hymn “In Christ Alone” has provoked controversy with its phrase "the wrath of God was satisfied." But there is a better way to understand “the wrath of God,” a way that displays its truth, goodness, and even its beauty.
May
12

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil

A thought experiment: where to place baptisms at the Easter Vigil I realized one day how many things I did as a priest because I liked them without having thought them through and without trying to understand the "why" behind my actions.
May
11

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something.

Liturgy doesn’t “mean” anything: It is something. A very common question is some variation of "What does this or that ceremony or action mean?" It expresses a false assumption.
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.

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