Tag Archives: liturgy

Introducing Isaiah

Over at the Saint Aelfric Customary, I’ve written a little introduction to the book of Isaiah.  Check it out!  And hey, if you like what I’m doing on that blog, go and follow it too. Don’t worry this blog will resume … Continue reading

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Want to deepen your prayer life?

I’ve started a new project, entitled The Saint Aelfric Customary, dedicated to helping individuals and congregations deepen their common life of prayer.  Specifically, I’m putting together brief snippets of advice and insight into the liturgy of the Prayer Book to post … Continue reading

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Solid truth over fluent words

One of the things most misunderstood about the liturgical tradition is the value and purpose of pre-written prayers.  The “free church” tradition, which is overwhelmingly popular and influential in America, is so steeped in a culture of individuality that its … Continue reading

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United on their knees

There are a lot of theological debates out there.  Pretty much every tradition or denomination has its favorite arch-nemesis with whom it constantly battles, and it’s often not a pretty sight.  Such strife is often most intense when the dispute … Continue reading

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When and how do we celebrate St. Mary?

In traditional Christian lists of Saints, even lists of categories of Saints, the first person on the list is always the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord. This is because she was the closest person to Jesus in … 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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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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