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Holy Desire and Good Counsel

By John Bauerschmidt Cranmer’s 1549 prayer book, and subsequent editions, continued the use of a collect first found in the eighth-century Gelasian sacramentary, one identified...

Wrestling with our past: Cranmer our brother

What do we do when we face parts of the past — or even among brothers and sisters today from far away — that strike us as uncomfortably strange?

Rediscover the gospel

For the sake of mission, we need to rediscover the gospel that the BCP empowers us to pray.

Wrestling with our past: Cranmer, familiar yet strange

Central aspects of Cranmer’s theological agenda were pushed aside before 1600; they certainly vanished in that most globally influential rite, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Wrestling with our past: Cranmer, primitivism, and tradition

It’s not uncommon to slip into primitivism. A timeline often appears. A pure moment is imagined, a “golden age” with its simple, saintly figures.

The prayers of the people

Unlike eucharistic prayers, the Prayers of the People have received little attention.

The early ‘Anglican’ reading of Scripture (2): Cranmer and the prayer book

For early Anglicans, the right handling of the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15) was a matter of life and death. It requires a heart that acknowledged the authority of the Divine Author, and gladly assented to Scripture's plain meaning.

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...

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

The orientation of preparation

Fr. Matthew Olver argues that the proper position for the priest at prayer is facing the altar, facing the East.


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