About Ben Jefferies

Ben Jefferies is the rector of The Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Opelika, Alabama. He served on the Task Force that produced the Book of Common Prayer 2019. He is married with three daughters.

Where Did Christ Descend To? The Rationale Behind the BCP 2019’s Translation of the Apostles’ Creed

Where did Christ descend to? 

If you worshiped in an Anglican Church between 1552 (when the Creed was first printed in full in the Prayer Book) and 1979 you would answer “he descended to hell” because in the Apostles’ Creed as you would have learned it, that is what it says: “[He] was crucified, dead, […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:44-06:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Theology|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Bible in the Book of Common Prayer

From its inception in 1549, the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has always been a text intertwined with the text of the Bible. Many of the prayers utilize phrases that have been extracted from the Bible. Verses of the Bible are quoted directly (for example, Opening Sentences in the Daily Office and Offertory Sentences in the Eucharist service) […]

By |2020-12-07T16:06:47-06:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lessons in Omission: Why Are Some Chapters Missing in the Daily Office Lectionary?

Many folks accustomed to reading Bible-in-a-year plans are delighted to find out that the Book of Common Prayer (2019) has a Daily Office lectionary that leads the faithful Anglican to read through the whole Bible in a year—at least, most of it. Those same folks are sometimes a little dismayed to then find out that a number of books are […]

By |2020-07-24T11:28:36-05:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |0 Comments

Christian Feasting vs. Cultural Feasting: What’s the Difference?

Fasting is intuitively a bodily and a liturgical act. The Liturgical Year invites us to “days of discipline, denial, and special prayers” in Lent, Fridays outside of Christmastide and Eastertide, Rogation Days, and Ember Days (BCP, pg. 689). While intermittent fasting has recently been a diet fad, ordinarily fasting in our North American context is connected to the Church Year.

And, […]

By |2020-04-21T16:11:28-05:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |1 Comment

The Calendar of Saints: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Why do Anglicans celebrate “feast days” for various “saints”? After all, aren’t all Christians saints?

If you’re asking these questions, you’ve come to the right place!

Biblical Beginnings

Commemoration of saints has its roots in the Bible.

In 1 Cor. 11:1, St. Paul writes: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” From this we learn one of the most powerful means of […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:09-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

4 Reasons Why I Now Celebrate Communion Facing The Altar, Not the People

Editor’s note: Here at Anglican Compass, we feature content from low church to high church, as long as it’s written with both clarity and charity. Even if you would never consider an “ad orientem” Holy Communion in your own church, I invite you to read about how and why Fr. Ben Jefferies has made the switch in his parish.


It […]

By |2020-12-15T11:05:25-06:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Sacraments|20 Comments

Designed to be Read: The Architecture of the ACNA Daily Office Lectionary

(Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA’s 2019 BCP here.)

The Daily Office Lectionary (DoL) went through several layers of development during the five years of its existence in trial form. The final form as it appears in the Book of Common Prayer (2019) will look quite different to those who are accustomed to the 1979 DoL.

Cranmer’s Preface to […]

Designed for Mission: The Typography of the ACNA’s New Prayer Book

(Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA’s 2019 BCP here.)

If you went into an Anglican Church in South Africa, and were handed a Prayer Book, it would be in the Xhosa language.

Moments after entering, the officiant starts praying, you glance down and your eyes see the following text:

Aze ati,

Nkosi, vula imilomo yetu.
Abantu. Ize ivakalise indumiso yako.
Um-Priste. Tixo, kàuleza […]

By |2019-06-23T11:16:39-05:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |11 Comments
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