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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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O come let us adore him

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethelehem; Come and adore him, born the King of angels. For weeks we have repeated the Bible’s final prayer: “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”  We … Continue reading

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O Virgo Virginum

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is one of the best-known Advent hymns still sung today.  Although many hymnals print it with about four verses, a few (such as ours) include seven verses, drawn from a detail of liturgical minutia which … Continue reading

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Learning from the Liturgy: Advent & Christmas

Advent is one of those seasons of the Christian calendar that most non-liturgical Christians have heard of, but usually don’t quite understand.  Through the popularity of Advent devotionals and Advent Calendars, many come to assume that Advent begins on December … Continue reading

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Article 36: The Ordinal

This is part of my commentary series on The 39 Articles of Religion.  Article 36 states: XXXVI. Of Consecration of Bishops and Ministers The Book of Consecration of Archbishops and Bishops, and Ordering of Priests and Deacons, lately set forth … Continue reading

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