About Porter Taylor

The Rev. Porter C. Taylor is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen where he is writing his dissertation on liturgical theology. He is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and serves at Church of the Apostles, Kansas City as Theologian in Residence. Porter lives in Kansas with his wife and their three sons. He is the Contributing Editor of, We Give Our Thanks Unto Thee: Essays in Honor of Fr. Alexander Schmemann, published by Pickwick Publications and his writing can be found on his website, www.porterctaylor.com.

What is Compline?

As you are browsing through the Daily Office of your 1979 BCP or “Texts for Common Prayer” for the ACNA, you will run into an order of liturgy called “Compline.” Maybe you’re familiar with Compline and maybe you’re not. It doesn’t really matter…yet. In either case, this ancient prayer hour is prayed at the conclusion of every day and ought […]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:41-06:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |6 Comments

Fasting and Feasting in Lent

The penitential and preparatory season of Lent includes 40 days of fasting, but if you look at the calendar closely enough and do the math you’ll see that the actual season is a bit longer. Why? Because within those 40 days are excluded each and every Sunday. Sundays are feast days and cannot be fast days. It is for this […]

By |2019-01-04T22:40:13-06:00February 25th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Why Do We Kneel in Prayer?

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! – Psalm 95:6

There used to be a time—and it wasn’t too long ago!—when pews or sitting furniture of any kind were completely absent from the sanctuary.

Let’s be honest, we’re a bit removed from the ancient traditions of the Church when it comes to furniture […]

By |2019-01-04T22:41:50-06:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |3 Comments

What is the Sunday Lectionary?

It is likely that you’ll hear a variation of the following words at an Anglican Church on Sunday morning, “Please be seated to be instructed from the Word of God.” It’s clear that the Bible is going to be read aloud for the purpose of teaching and formation, but who assigns the lessons? Is it left up to the whims […]

By |2019-01-04T22:42:23-06:00October 6th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |2 Comments

An Intentional Lent

My social media newsfeeds are a flutter with posts about the beginning of Lent: Shrove Tuesday meals, Ash Wednesday services, Lenten disciplines and strong opinions about the relevance of the season. It seems that there are differing views and/or misunderstandings about the nature of the Lenten season. People write about Lent being “Roman Catholic” or that there is no need […]

By |2020-02-15T10:35:47-06:00February 18th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|3 Comments
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