Tag Archives: hagiography

Don’t Neglect the Little Things

a homily outline for 26 July 2020 Yesterday my wife asked me how many books I thought we have. I hopped over to my computer, pulled up the spreadsheet where I keep track of my books, and told her that … Continue reading

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Celebrating the life & death of St. John the Baptist

Today, June 24th, is the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  This is one of the major holy days in the Prayer Book’s calendar – that kind that we could celebrate even on a Sunday if it … Continue reading

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Love like you’re married to Christ

Originally posted on The Saint Aelfric Customary:
We’ve got a daily hymnody plan available, an order for using the Occasional Prayers, and some insight on how to sing Simplified Anglican Chant.  Let’s put it all together and see what Evening Prayer can be…

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St. John of Damascus

One of the significant challenges that Christianity faced in the later centuries of the Early Church was the rise of Islam.  Following Muhammad’s death in 632, his successors built an empire from Medina and Mecca that overshadowed the Middle East … Continue reading

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St. Clement of Rome

One of the tough questions to ask about the Saints and Church History is who are the “most important” people to know about.  It is perhaps obvious that the “most important” figures in the history of Christianity are those who … Continue reading

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St. Aelfric

One of the challenges of studying history is the varied levels of documentation that survives today.  Major events are better-documented than minor events.  Leaders and famous men and women are better attested than ordinary folk in the annals of history.  … Continue reading

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Richard Hooker

The Reformed tradition has John Calvin, the Lutherans have Martin Luther, the Methodists have John Wesley… but who do Anglicans look to as our “quintessential theologian”?  Depending upon one’s disposition it may either be endlessly frustrating or a liberating relief … Continue reading

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Jesus and Apostolic Authority

Part One: Division I was having a little dialogue with someone on Facebook last week about the intersection of politics and religion.  It was once of those situations where the other person and I actually were in general agreement concerning … Continue reading

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King Aelfred the Great

Many famous leaders, both of nations and within the church, have received epithets next to their names over the centuries.  Pope Gregory the Great, Czar Ivan the Terrible, St. John Chrysostom (the golden-mouthed), Vlad the Impaler, Charlemagne (Carolus magnus, or … Continue reading

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Edward B. Pusey

September 17th is the death day and commemoration of Edward B. Pusey, an Oxford Divine, so-called because he was a leader of the Oxford Movement in the mid-19th century.  The Oxford Movement was a renewal of historic piety and theological … Continue reading

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