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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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

Great Article on Family Prayer and an Announcement

The Rev. Dcn. Parker has authored a brilliant article on utilizing the full version of the daily offices but in an abbreviated manner (as allowed by the rubrics) to better facilitate family prayer.

The readers of this blog will recall my focus on using the Catechism, Family Prayer, 39 Articles, and other sections of the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books to facilitate family devotions.  As Dcn. Parker points out, Bishop Edmund Gibson authored a booklet of family devotions that were minimally adopted in creating the Family Prayer Offices in the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books.  These offices are greatly abbreviated and lack liturgical responses that would be more engaging for the family.  However, the abbreviated version of the full daily offices Dcn. Parker writes about do include responses that are more engaging for the entire family (or church small group for that matter).

I fully endorse and strongly recommend families use the abbreviated office that Dcn. Parker references in his article.  He is to be commended for “doing the math” and condensing the office (as allowed by the Prayer Book) into a shorter form and publishing this office for the church to use within their home.  A copy of the condensed office may be found at the bottom of the article at The North American Anglican or here.

Speaking of Bishop Edmund Gibson and his work, Family Devotion; or an Exhortation to Morning and Evening Prayers in Families, I have submitted for publication a book that takes the abbreviated daily offices and prayers from Bishop Gibson’s work and “updated” the language and spelling so the contemporary church will have his work again for family use.  Bishop Gibson’s booklet included several prayers not included in the Family Prayer Offices published in the 1928 American and 2003 REC Prayer Books.  Additionally, since the ACNA 2019 Proposed Book of Common Prayer will only include an abbreviated form of Family Prayer based on the 1979 Episcopal Prayer Book, my work will hopefully serve as a supplement.

But wait, that’s not all!” Also included in my book will be the Godly Prayers originally attached to the 1559 and later editions of the classic Books of Common Prayer, but not formally considered a part of the Prayer Book.  I have also edited the language and spelling as needed and hope it will prove a useful resource for families, small groups, individuals, and the church at large.

Finally, I have edited and enlarged much of my work on this blog to serve as a bit of a “how to” guide in starting family prayer.  Hopefully, it will prove to be of some use, but the real gems are the two works on prayer that are being edited and republished.  More details on a publication date will be posted later.

Episode 5 – The Miserable Offenders Podcast

Episode 5 is live and available at The North American Anglican or on iTunes. Please remember to subscribe and review on iTunes if you are enjoying the podcast so other listeners can discover The Miserable Offenders podcast.

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.