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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...

Burial

Burial

It is our custom to be buried from our Church rather than from a funeral home and it is preferential to do so with a Mass. An added benefit is that is considerably less expensive. Following the tradition of burying folks in the walls and floors of the Church, St....

Hymnody

Hymnody

Worshipping God through song of course is firmly rooted in the Psalms. But we are also told of the song of Miriam, centuries before David, when God delivered His people through the Red Sea. Raising our voice connects us to God and Him, to us. As is also clear from the...

Incense

Incense

The use of incense for worship harkens back to the days of the Tabernacle that, by God’s instructions, contained an altar of incense Ex 30:1-10. On this altar, morning and evening, a priest would burn incense before the Lord. Its principle significance is that it...

Benedictines

Benedictines

On occasion you will see some folks dressed in what looks to be monk’s robes. Who are they and why are they wearing those robes? You may think that they are from the Spanish Inquisition but you would be wrong (because nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition). They...

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