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Anglo-Saxon “Our Father” (Trans. from Old English)

Father 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,…

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John Henry Newman (Free eBooks)

Not 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.

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The Un-Moral Life

By 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…

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The Way of the Pilgrim

The 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.

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Lancelot Andrewes: Works

Lancelot Andrewes was a seventeenth century Anglican who not only was involved in the King James translation, but was one of the early post-Reformation mystical-thinking theologians in the tradition.  Here’s volume one of his Works where a good amount of his mystical theology, especially theosis, is thought through.  Lancelot Andrewes, Works: Sermons, Volume 1

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Communion without Baptism?

The “open table” or “communion without baptism” debate has been raging on for a couple of decades in the Episcopal Church. While the Canons of the Episcopal Church (1.17.7) still indicate that “no unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this Church,” the practice of distributing communion to the unbaptized has gained traction.