Category Archives: Devotional

Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic is one of the most important Saints of the late medieval era. The medieval era, or “middle ages”, lasted roughly from the 600’s through the 1200’s, followed by “the” Renaissance beginning in the 1300’s.  I write “the” renaissance … Continue reading

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Aethelwold of Winchester

Some saints and historical figures are more famous than others, and that fame does not always line up with their actual impact on history and the world around them.  One example is Alfred the Great – the only King of … Continue reading

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How long should a worship service be?

Now there’s a contentious question.  The length of a worship service can vary greatly, not only from one tradition to another, but even within a single tradition.  Some Pentecostal churches are known for spending a couple hours in “prayer and … Continue reading

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St. Macrina

Saint Macrina the Younger was a member of a very large and saintly family: Her grandmother (known as Macrina the Elder) is remembered as a Saint, and had studied under Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus. Her father was Saint Basil the Elder, … Continue reading

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What is my favorite Prayer Book edition?

This is kind of an in-house question – what is my favorite version of the Book of Common Prayer?  If you’re not an Anglican, this might have some academic interest for you, but for the most part this blog post … Continue reading

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The Bible is a book of Worship

This is part nine of sixteen in a series, “The Bible Is…“ Throughout the pages of the Bible, there are many texts and passages that describe, teach about, or simply model how to worship God.  While the Bible is not, … Continue reading

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Saint Benedict

Saint Benedict was born in Nursia (now Norcia, in central Italy) probably in the year 480.  The Roman Empire had fallen in the West, “barbarians” ruled over Rome, the great Augustine of Hippo lived and died a generation before, and … Continue reading

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