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What We Reverence and Why

What We Reverence and Why

At our last Synod, as the clergy were lining up for the procession, we were given instruction that because we were processing behind the cross we were not to reverence as we moved into our pews. A priest standing next to me said, “You mean we don’t get to reverence...

Mass Has Two Major Segments

Mass Has Two Major Segments

We read in the Book of Acts that the Church devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers (Acts 2:42). The Mass is divided into two major segments. The first is the Liturgy of the Word. This is how we devote ourselves...

Singing the “Gloria” in Worship

Singing the “Gloria” in Worship

Every week in worship we sing the “Gloria”. As the familiar intro is played, I anticipate the opening line, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.” These ancient words are commonly attributed to Hillary of Poitiers of the 4th Century....

Purgatory

Purgatory

The 39 Articles, which are founding documents of the Church in England after its break from Rome, call the doctrine of purgatory “…a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warrant of Scripture…” (Article 22). Purgatory is believed to be an intermediate...

Why a Crucifix?

Why a Crucifix?

I once had a person confront me in an angry tone concerning my crucifix. “Why do you still have Jesus on the cross? Don’t you know that He rose from the dead?” In an attempt to diffuse his anger I palmed my forehead and said, “When did that happen? No one ever tells...

Emergency Baptism

Emergency Baptism

Since baptism is a Sacrament are the laity allowed to baptize? Yes. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer stated “In case of emergency, any baptized person may administer Baptism according to the following form. Using the given name of the one to be baptized (if known), pour...

Priestly Absolution

Priestly Absolution

“Can a priest forgive sins?” That is a deceptably complicated question that has several answers. 1. No, not in his own power. It is Christ who forgives through the sacramental act of the priest. 2. Yes, in the sense that Christ has given authority to His Church to...

Why Do We Kneel in Prayer?

Why Do We Kneel in Prayer?

We kneel in prayer for a number of good reasons: 1. Jesus did – “And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed….” Luke 22:41 2. The Apostles did – “But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed…” Acts 9:40 3. Early Christians...

Why Do We Ring the Bells?

Why Do We Ring the Bells?

The ringing of the bells harkens back to the time when the Mass was said in Latin but the people did not speak Latin. Thus there was a tendency for the people to talk or to be easily distracted during the Mass. The ringing of the bells announced that a very important...

Kneeling, Silence, and Participation

Kneeling, Silence, and Participation

When we enter the church it is the custom of many to kneel immediately after entering the pew, thanking God for the privilege of worshiping in his church, praying for the church, the service that is to follow, and adding other timely prayers. It is an act which...

Who May Receive Holy Communion?

Who May Receive Holy Communion?

All baptized Christians my receive Holy Communion. We believe that this is the Lord’s altar and not an Anglican altar, so if you belong to the Lord then you are welcome. If you are of another tradition and your Church has refused you communion or if your conscience is...

Tradition

Tradition

In some parts of the Body of Christ tradition is suspect. They have read Jesus speaking against the traditions of men and so they believe that all traditions are wrong. But a distinction must be made between the traditions of men that contradict the Word of God and...

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