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The Spirit of God Renews the Face of the Earth

Among the most precious gifts of God is the Holy Spirit, himself God, who as the Psalter notes, "renews the face of the earth"...

Easter Hesitation and Pentecostal Hope

I grew up hearing the story of Easter from before I knew how to talk, but I only noticed Matthew 28:16-17 when I was a...

The RCL: Remarkable, Practical, Everyday Christian Unity

The announcement of a potential full communion agreement between the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church (which was approved by the UMC’s General...

BCP 1662: Whither the Epiclesis?

One curiosity about 1662 Book of Common Prayer is the missing epiclesis, which is commonplace in our prayer book here in the Church of...

Living All Fifty Days of the Easter Season

I was surprised — no pun intended — to realize recently that N.T. Wright’s book Surprised by Hope turned 16 only about a month ago....

Crumbs From Under the Table

The Prayer of Humble Access is a precious treasure of the Anglican liturgical tradition. Here it is in the form it has taken for...

A Hymn for Easter

Christ is risen, he has conquered Now the stone is rolled away Joseph's tomb once more lies empty At the dawn of Easter Day Weeping women in the...

Good Friday

Good Friday is the premier occasion in the church year for solemn intercession. Though the liturgical observance of the day has varied in different...

Eating With the Enemy

It was a big game day in the city, when thousands had gathered for their favorite sporting event at the amphitheater. Children were laughing,...

Against Pride of Possession

The New Testament exists because people in overcrowded hot rooms in Mediterranean towns were screaming at one another over the remains of a meal....

Commemorating William Augustus Muhlenberg, 1796-1877

A Sermon for Founders’ Day 2024 at Saint James School “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be...

A Bronze Serpent Processional Cross

Yes, that’s a snake. A bronze serpent, actually — you know the story — set aloft on steel, which serves as the new Lenten...

The Comfortable Words: An Invitation to Rest

During Lent, these essays are going to examine a key portion of our Anglican liturgy: the Comfortable Words. These are four Scripture passages arranged...

Lord, Open Our Lips: A Manifesto for the Daily Offices

I have heard it said the monks of Mt. Athos, whose daily existence and lives are surrounded by the waters of the mighty Mediterranean Sea,...

Lord Is an Indispensable Word

  No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit. — 1 Corinthians 12:3 In the summer of 1962, my younger sister and I...

The Fruit of Anticipation

A few weeks ago, I had the immense privilege of attending a historic football game at Lambeau Field. A friend of my parish offered to...

Saved by Jewish Flesh

Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart,...

All Twelve Days of Christmas

When I was a school girl at Saint Mary’s Hall, an Episcopal private school in San Antonio, Texas, we high school piano students would...

‘Visio Divina’ and the Art of the Nativity

I recently reviewed a beautiful book, Divine Love: Art of the Nativity by Sarah Drummond, which occupies a place at the intersection of art history...

Thomas Becket: Martyrdom at Christmas

For nearly seven years, I worked at the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity, as part of the staff of the Archbishops’ Council....

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