Remain within the bookends

It is good to see Archbishop Robinson, of the UECNA, blogging again in this latest installment from The North American Anglican. It is a great reflection on Anglican theology in a time in which many seem to pick and choose what their “Anglicanism” in a manner that reflects choosing your flavor of ice cream.

In the end, picking one’s own flavor has one end result: your faith turns out to be a mirror and you are worshiping yourself.

Fight for the formularies. Fight for the faith once delivered. Stay between the bookends.

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‘Tis the Season

For the Athanasian Creed. A classic from the late great Fr. Peter Toon, The Athanasian Creed & the PECUSA.

I hope this Christmas you are in a congregation that recites this historic and orthodox exposition on the incarnation of Christ and the Holy Trinity. Here is the text from the Proposed 1928 Church of England revision:

AT MORNING PRAYER.

Upon these Feasts; Christmas-Day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-Day, Ascension-Day, Whit-Sunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, shall be sung or said at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apostles’ Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called The Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and people standing. 

QUICUNQUE VULT.

WHOSOEVER would be saved : needeth before all things to hold fast the Catholick Faith.
2 Which Faith except a man keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he will perish eternally.

    3 Now the Catholick Faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity;
4 Neither confusing the Persons : nor dividing the substance.
5 For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son : another of the Holy Ghost;
6 But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one : the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
7 Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the Holy Ghost.
8 The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated : the Holy Ghost uncreated;
9 The Father infinite, the Son infinite : the Holy Ghost infinite;
10 The Father eternal, the Son eternal : the Holy Ghost eternal.
11 And yet there are not three eternals : but one eternal
12 As also there are not three uncreated, nor three infinites : but one infinite, and one uncreated.
13 So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty : the Holy Ghost almighty;
14 And yet there are not three almighties : but one almighty.
15 So the Father is God, the Son God : the Holy Ghost God;
16 And yet there are not three Gods : but one God.
17 So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : the Holy Ghost Lord;
18 And yet there are not three Lords : but one Lord.
19 For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity : to confess each Person by himself to be both God and Lord;
20 So are we forbidden by the Catholick religion : to speak of three Gods or three Lords.
21 The Father is made of none : nor created, nor begotten.
22 The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
23 The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son : not made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
24 There is therefore one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons : one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
25 And in this Trinity there is no before or after : no greater or less;
26 But all three Persons are co-eternal together : and co-equal.
27 So that in all ways, as is aforesaid : both the Trinity is to be worshipped in Unity, and the Unity in Trinity.
28 He therefore that would be saved let him thus think of the Trinity.

    29 FURTHERMORE it is necessary to eternal salvation : that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
30 Now the right faith is that we believe and confess : that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man.
31 He is God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and he is man, of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
32 Perfect God : perfect man, of reasoning soul and human flesh subsisting;
33 Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead : less than the Father as touching his manhood.
34 Who although he be God and man : yet he is not two, but is one Christ ;
35 One however, not by conversion of Godhead into flesh : but by taking manhood into God;
36 One altogether : not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
37 For as reasoning soul and flesh is one man : so God and man is one Christ;
38 Who suffered for our salvation : descended into hell, rose again from the dead;
39 Ascended into heaven, sat down at the right hand of the Father : from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
40 At whose coming all men must rise again with their bodies : : and hail give account for their own deeds.
41 And they that have done good will go into life eternal : they that have done evil into eternal fire.

    42 THIS is the Catholick Faith : which except a man do faithfully and steadfastly believe, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

 

39 Articles Sermon Series

An amazing and pastoral sermon series on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion brought to you by St. John’s Hartford from across the pond: https://www.stjohnshartford.org/faith/sermon-recordings/messages/series/our-anglican-faith-the-39-articles?start=20

Additional Anglican Resources

Continuing on a series of posts that links to Anglican content (see here & here), I am providing a few more resources:

The Miserable Offenders Podcast from The North American Anglican.

The Prydain Blog’s Resources page (also an excellent blog!)

An Apology for the Church of England, Bishop John Jewel

The Two Books of Homilies

Family-Devotion; or, An exhortation to morning and evening prayer in families. Revised and enlarged, Bishop Edmund Gibson

Examination Questions On Professor Harold Browne’s Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles

A Collection of Private Devotions for The Hours of Prayer, Bishop John Cosin

Two Answers to Cardinal Perron: And Other Miscellaneous Works of Lancelot Andrewes

UECNA Theological Institute – Free online lectures

New Podcast: Miserable Offenders

The North American Anglican has started a new podcast available on iTunes and their website, entitled “Miserable Offenders.”  The first episode begins with a review of the first part of The Spirit of Anglicanism, an essay by Paul Elmer More.

* Full Disclosure: I have a vested interest as a regular contributor to the podcast. I hope you enjoy and if you do, please rate and review the podcast on iTunes not for ego’s sake, but so the podcast will be recommended to listeners of similar podcasts and it will push the podcast higher in searches.

An Excellent Lenten Devotion

Rev. Kurt Hein and Jerrell P. Hein have provided the church a gift by modernizing the language of several of the First Book of Homilies and creating a forty-day reading plan for Lent.  The resource is available here.

This reading plan goes through parts of Homilies I-IV, VIII, and IX.  The First Book of Homilies were the first part of Archbishop Cranmer’s reform program.  The Homilies predate both the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer.  When Queen Elizabeth restored Protestantism to her realm, a Second Book of Homilies was commissioned and added to the first book.

Although the Homilies are little-known today, they are referenced in the Thirty-Nine Articles. Article XI references the Homily on Justification (actually titled the Homily on Salvation). Article XXXV states that the homilies “doth contain a godly and wholesome Doctrine” and the two Books of Homilies were purposely sectioned-off to enable priests who did not have a license to preach to preach from these written sermons once every Sunday throughout the year.

I highly recommend Rev. Hein’s and Mr. Hein’s work to anyone in search of a very short daily Lenten devotion that is theologically packed. I pray that they revisit their work and expand their modernization as to each of the First Book of Homilies.  The complete set of Homilies can be read for free here.  If you would like to own a copy, I suggest the pricey, but scholarly masterpiece that Dr. Gerald Bray recently published.