About Gerald McDermott

Gerald R. McDermott is Teaching Pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church in Hoover, AL. 

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil: Gerald R. McDermott’s Collect Reflections

Holy Saturday

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Saturday is one of […]

How to Avoid the Deadly Sin of Gluttony this Lent

Last week when I was in Egypt a young earnest Anglican asked me how Anglicans fast.

I was giving nine lectures on Anglicanism to sixty Egyptian Anglican bishops, priests, deacons, and their wives at a Coptic retreat center outside of Cairo. Bishop Mouneer Anis, bishop of Egypt and leader of the Global South, was my host.

I told this young man and […]

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Week of the Sunday from Nov 20 to Nov 26; Christ the King; Proper 29, A Collect Reflection

Christ the King Sunday

The last Sunday after Pentecost, before the start of a new church year at Advent, is known as “Christ the King Sunday.” Here is the collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of […]

Why Do We Worship The Way We Do? – by Gerald R. McDermott

As Anglicans, we use various forms of ancient worship called “liturgical.”  This is the major thing that distinguishes us from “low” churches that do not have a traditional liturgy.

Liturgy: The Work of the People

Liturgy comes from a Greek word which means “the work of the people.” In this ancient custom of worship, we become as a group of Christians what […]

An Anglican “Top Ten,” As It Were – A Reading List by Gerald R. McDermott

NB: This is not a list of the ten best Anglican books. It is a list of (actually) sixteen works by twelve authors who have influenced me the most, and the ones therefore that I recommend with enthusiasm to Anglicans and those who are Anglican-curious.


Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (All titles are affiliate links to […]

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