Eileen McEvoy Memorial Lecture on Anglo-Catholicism and the Urban SituationMay 20, 2017The First Annual Eileen McEvoy Memorial Lecture on Anglo-Catholicism and the Urban Situation with the Very Rev’d John A. McGuckin The Church of St. Edward the Martyr welcomes the Very Rev’d John A. McGuckin as the inaugrial lecturer of the Eileen McEvoy Memorial Lecture on Anglo-Catholicism and the Urban Situation. Fr. John’s topic will be “Sacramental Mysteries and Apostolic Endeavors: The Anglo-Catholic Movement Then and Now.” The Oxford Movement began a venerable tradition in the Anglican religious world towards a rediscovery of a deeper sacramental spirituality; one that in turn sponsored and inspired a deep commitment to urban asceticism –...
“Too Deep for Words”May 2, 2017The apostle Paul understood that there are moments and seasons in the Christian life when prayer seems like an insurmountable feat. In Romans 8:26 he says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Yet while Episcopalians are “People of the (Prayer) Book,” there are times when the thought of saying the Daily Office is challenging, let alone actually praying through the Offices. I’m sure that people new to the Episcopal/Anglican tradition are sometimes overwhelmed by the Prayer...
Saturday in Holy Week: Stations of the Cross (XIV)April 15, 2017THE FOURTEENTH STATION “Jesus is laid in the tomb” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (XIII)April 14, 2017“For, Jesus, all of the suffering, all of the pain, is over. All of the words that could be spoken have been spoken. Now we are left with silence. Now we are left with our innermost thoughts. Now we are left with the words of the centurion, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” THE THIRTEENTH STATION “The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. All you who pass by, behold and see if there...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (XII)April 13, 2017“Death is not far from him now…Suddenly his face changes and he cries out in a great voice, ‘It is finished. It is accomplished! All that the Father sent me to do I have accomplished.” He dies. And his executioner has the last word: ‘This man was really the son of God!'” THE TWELFTH STATION “Jesus dies on the Cross” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (XI)April 7, 2017“Three condemned men hang on their crosses, slowly dying. But it is the man in the middle who holds everyone’s attention, even that of his companions in agony.” THE ELEVENTH STATION “Jesus is nailed to the Cross” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (X)April 6, 2017“Here Jesus was stripped of his clothes. For him, this is perhaps the most terrible moment in the whole appalling day. As a Jew he has been taught to never be seen naked. To be exposed to the curiosity of anyone and everyone passing by is one of the worst things that can happen His humiliation, his degradation, is virtually complete. Only the absolute helplessness of being stretched on the cross remains.” THE TENTH STATION “Jesus is stripped of his garments” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world....
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (IX)March 31, 2017“At this station, Jesus falls for a third time; we fall whenever we pass by a person who needs us. Jesus has become the lamb about to be slaughtered, the sheep about to be sheared, and he never says a word. [“Not a mumbling word,” to quote the old spiritual hymn.] Though he, of the three sentenced to die, seems least able to withstand the pain and awful humiliation, he endures it humbly; he never says a word. How often have we passed indifferently by such a person? THE NINTH STATION “Jesus falls a third time” We adore you,...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VIII)March 30, 2017“Seeing that no last-minute pardon is coming for any of their prisoners, the execution escort prepares to get the condemned men moving again. Realizing what this means, some women who have accompanied the procession begin to mourn and wail aloud. Their compassion is always aroused by the sight of beaten men being driven or dragged to execution. But their compassion for Jesus is heightened by the recognition that he is the innocent victim of the political machinations of their own leaders and of the representatives of the Roman occupying power. Jesus turns to them. ‘Daughters of Jerusalem,’ he says, ‘do...
Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VII)March 24, 2017“The sight of his mother, the aid of Simon the Cyrene, and Veronica’s comfort have helped Jesus walk a little farther. But nothing can sustain the strength of the doomed prisoner for long…Jesus knows the way he is walking is irrevocable now. It is the way to his death. Even though Simon of Cyrene is carrying the cross, Jesus’ energy is running out. His time is running out.” THE SEVENTH STATION “Jesus falls a second time” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Surely he has...
Collect of the Day: Proper 6June 18, 2017Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 230)
Collect of the Day: First Sunday after Pentecost – Trinity SundayJune 11, 2017Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 228)
Collect of the Day: Day of Pentecost, WhitsundayJune 4, 2017Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. or this O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us...
Collect of the Day: Seventh Sunday of EasterMay 30, 2017O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (BCP, 226)
Collect of the Day: Ascension DayMay 25, 2017Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. or this Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend, and...
Collect of the Day: Sixth Sunday of EasterMay 21, 2017O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 225)
Collect of the Day: Fifth Sunday of EasterMay 14, 2017Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 225)
Collect of the Day: Fourth Sunday of EasterMay 7, 2017O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 225)
Collect of the Day: Saint Philip and Saint JamesMay 1, 2017Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 240)
Collect of the Day: Third Sunday of EasterApril 30, 2017O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 224-225)
Collect of the Day: St. MarkApril 27, 2017Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 240)
Collect of the Day: Second Sunday of EasterApril 23, 2017Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, 224)
Collect of the Day: Saturday in Easter WeekApril 22, 2017We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 224)
Collect of the Day: Friday in Easter WeekApril 21, 2017Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 224)
Austin Farrer: “The Glass of Vision” (Free eBook)March 7, 2017“Austin Farrer’s Bampton Lectures published as The Glass of Vision in 1948. Farrer was an interdisciplinary genius who made original contributions to philosophy, theology, and biblical studies, as well as to our understanding of the role of imagination in human thought and Christian doctrine. According to Farrer, the three primary themes of these lectures are ‘scripture, metaphysics, and poetry,’ individually and in relation to each other. The lectures defend his famous theory of divine revelation through images rather than propositions or events, a provocative account of the place of metaphysical reasoning in theology, and a literary approach to the Biblical...
Web-Resource: The Book of CeremoniesJanuary 21, 2017Published in 1943, The Book of Ceremonies by Rev. Laurence J. O’Connell brings to light the Western Rite with all of its rubrical intricacies. A classic resource for Catholics and Anglo-Catholics alike.
New Patristics Web-ResourceFebruary 25, 2016I recently stumbled on a new web-resource dedicated to patristics study, monasticism and hagiography. The image below describes the vision of their site. Enjoy!
2016 Hulsean Lectures: Professor Lord Rowan WilliamsFebruary 16, 2016Professor Lord Williams of Oystermouth (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) is delivering the 2016 Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge. His topic:”Christ and the Logic of Creation.” You can find the five part series here.
Anglo-Saxon “Our Father” (Trans. from Old English)January 12, 2015Father of humankind, I ask for favor, Holy Chieftain, you, who dwell in Heaven May it be made holy, firmly set up— Your name, that is, Christ, rescuer— Firmly planted in our soul-locker. May your kingdom, wielder of might, Come to us people, right-wise Judge, And your love also, in the day of life, And in our selves in deep-dwelling brightness. And may your will be well-wrought Among us upon earth through earth’s realms, As it is far away in the heaven-glory, Blessed in joys from this world forward. Give us today, Chieftain among your people,...
John Henry Newman (Free eBooks)December 21, 2014Not many Anglican theologians have left the mega-size footprint on the Church that John Henry Newman has. As one of the founders of the Oxford Movement, Newman helped the Church of England in particular and the Anglican Communion in general uncover and rediscover a deeper catholicity in their doctrine and worship. A good number of his works (in bBook form) are collected here.
The Un-Moral LifeDecember 18, 2014By Fr. Stephen Freeman. Original published on the Ancient Faith blog. In recent articles I have challenged the place of contemporary morality in the Christian life. Some have had difficulty with this, wondering how we should then think about the commandments that are directed towards our behavior. Others have suggested that my challenge is merely semantic. There are certainly semantic distinctions being made here – but the reason for them is important and goes beyond mere words. But if it is not proper to think of ourselves as “moral” beings, how should we think? How do we confess our sins if morality is...
The Way of the PilgrimDecember 9, 2014The Way of the Pilgrim is a 19th century Russian work translated into English. The story is about the journey of a begging wanderer who treks across Russia, and while on that journey, practices the “Jesus Prayer.” This form of prayer is also known as inner prayer or prayer of the heart. It employs the short, repeated invocation, over and over: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of god, have mercy on me, a sinner” (or some variation thereof). You can find a free eBook here.
Former ABC Rowan Williams on Advent (Video)December 1, 2014
Mysticism by Evelyn UnderhillApril 1, 2014Thomas Merton, Padre Pio and…? Read a classic work by a great 20th century Anglican mystic: Evelyn Underhill’s, Mysticism.
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