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...
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