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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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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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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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Justin Martyr

Saint Justin Martyr lived in the 100’s, in a generation of Christians remembered as the Apologists. Apologetics is the discipline of defending and arguing for something.  Christian apologetics deals with explaining the faith to non-believers, defending its historical and intellectual … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Ash Wednesday

In our Texts for Common Prayer, the worship service for Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent, this year being tomorrow, February 14th) is described thus: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent: a time of penitence, … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: the Pre-Lent Sundays

The three Sundays before Ash Wednesday are sometimes known as “the -gesima Sundays.”  -gesima is a Latin partial word, from Septuagesima and Sexagesima and Quinquagesima and Quadragesima.  These mean 70 days, 60 days, 50 days, and 40 days, respectively, and … Continue reading

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January 2018’s Update to the TCP

The Texts for Common Prayer of the Anglican Church in North America underwent another round of revision this month, following the latest meeting of the College of Bishops.  Everything is listed at their official website.  The following pieces have been updated: Morning … Continue reading

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