Author Archives: Fr. Brench

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!

Thankfully Insufficient Wisdom

The beginning of Proverbs 30, this evening’s Old Testament lesson in the Daily Office lectionary of the 2019 Prayer Book, has surprisingly familiar-sounding feel to it. The man declares, I am weary, O God;     I am weary, O God, and … Continue reading

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Blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God

On the 30th day of the month in the Prayer Book tradition, we come to the end of the Psalms in the daily rounds of prayer, and among them is Psalm 144. Like the one we explored last Monday, this … Continue reading

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Bible Translation – how to choose

Building upon the previous video about different translations of the Bible, we’re looking now at some advice for choosing a translation to read and study! I’ve got four pieces of advice in here; two for all Christians, and two Anglican-specific. … Continue reading

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Annunciations – to Mary and to the world

In our new prayer book, Luke 1:26-38 is the New Testament reading at Morning Prayer on March 25, as well as the Gospel lesson for the Communion service on this holy day – The Annunciation to Mary.  It may be … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hope with Psalm 114

Evening Prayer on the 23rd day of the month sees Psalm 114 leading the Psalms Appointed for that Office.  It’s a short psalm, which is always helpful for those who are new to praying the psalms, and it explores the … Continue reading

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Bible Translation – video introduction

New to the world of Bible translations? Looking for an introduction to the sorts of choices that are out there in the Bible market and what the difference might be between different styles? This is an overview of what’s out … Continue reading

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Prayers in Time of Infectious Disease

Originally posted on The Saint Aelfric Customary:
On Friday we shared a sort of mish-mash of prayer ideas here, but things have continued to escalate.  As of Sunday evening, the commonwealth of Massachusetts has “banned” gatherings of 25 or over,…

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