Tag Archives: The 1662 BCP

On the Eucharist: Yes, Anglicans Believe in the Real Presence

Anglicans today have a variety of perspectives on the Holy Eucharist. The Anglican formularies allow a certain latitude for this, but it is not inexhaustible. Broadly speaking, Anglican eucharistic theology and piety is wide enough that Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Why trust the Fathers?

Ian, who writes from Australia, says that he has a lot of difficulty talking to other young Christians about why the historic teaching of the Church ought to carry any weight. Here’s part of his letter: …If I make the point that … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Sunday School and Praying with our Kids

Jill writes: What are the best prayers for my children to say? My daughter is 2 years old, and my son is 5 months old.  My daughter says “Amen” and “Jesus,” and I want to show her the right direction. … Continue reading

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You Can Confess to an Anglican Priest – But Don’t Take My Word For It

Fr. George Conger has stirred up a hornet’s nest today with his latest article for Get Religion. As with all Get Religion articles, Conger’s central purpose is not to write theology but to take stock of the way that journalists … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: The Canonization of Saints

Nick has a very specific question about a Russian saint that I’m not sure I can answer, but it opens the door to talk about the saints in general. He writes: A few years ago, a statue of St. Elizabeth … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: The Mass is a Sacrifice

Nothing perks up the itching ears of Romophobic Protestants faster than the specter of Eucharistic sacrifice. Calling what happens in Holy Communion a sacrifice is the surest and fastest way to get yourself tarred as a crypto-papist. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, … Continue reading

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Ask an Anglican: Who May Take Communion

This is a question that came in a few months ago but that is perhaps most apt to answer now, given that the General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be taking up the question of Communion without Baptism this … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: Why We Need a Presbyter at the Altar

The Rev. John Richardson, who blogs at The Ugley Vicar, recently wrote a post arguing, somewhat cautiously, for the Church of England to consider allowing lay people to preside at the Eucharist. Richardson is a very interesting blogger. His perspective … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: Defanging the Black Rubric

It has to be acknowledged up front that the Black Rubric is an embarrassment. At best, it is an unclear statement of a partial truth about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. At worst, it is an out … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist: Spiritual Food Is Real Food

One of the more remarkable features of the classic Anglican Eucharistic rite, often omitted from modern prayer books, is the Exhortation that the priest gives to encourage people to receive the sacrament in a worthy manner. The Exhortation comes just … Continue reading

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