The British Monarch as Governor of the Church: A Rookie Anglican Guide

For the seventy years of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II served as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Now that Charles III has ascended to the throne, he takes the same role, and like Elizabeth promises to “maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine worship, discipline, and government thereof, as […]

By |2022-10-14T09:07:51-05:00September 19th, 2022|Categories: Anglicanism, History|Tags: , |2 Comments

Holy Cross Day: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Each year, on the 14th of September, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross. Known as “Holy Cross Day” in much of the Anglican Communion, this major feast of the Church reminds us to boast in nothing “except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14). It is clearly […]

By |2022-10-13T21:44:48-05:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Lambeth Conference: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Every ten years, Anglican bishops from around the globe gather in England for the Lambeth Conference. The conference takes its name from Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, which housed the first conference of 76 Bishops in 1867. Since 1978 the conference has been held in Canterbury, but retains its original name.

The […]

By |2022-10-14T09:08:12-05:00August 21st, 2022|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |12 Comments

Advent: A Rookie Anglican Guide

(Note: Anglican Compass has published a book about Advent! Check out The Liturgical Home: Advent, by Ashley Wallace!)

What is Advent?

Advent is the first season of the Church year. It lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Day on December 25:

By |2022-11-22T09:23:10-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Palm Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share […]

Holy Michael and All Angels: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Michaelmas


Michaelmas is a shortened form of “Michael’s Mass” (just like Christmas is a shortened form of Christ’s Mass). It is also known as the feast day of Holy (or “St.”) Michael and All Angels.

Celebrated similarly to Thanksgiving, Michaelmas conjures images of cool fall days, abundant harvests, and feasting. Festivities focus on the defeat of sin and Satan, often symbolized […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:06-05:00September 28th, 2019|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

How to Do Morning Prayer in the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

Where do I start?

Whether you’re a Rookie Anglican or just “Angli-curious,” perhaps you’ve heard of this new Book of Common Prayer 2019 (BCP 2019) and are asking yourself, “What is this thing?” or “How do I use it?”

We’ve put together a “Rookie Anglican Guide” to the BCP 2019 for more information. However, if you’d like to dive […]

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

The ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP): A Rookie Anglican Guide

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has recently released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). In the interest of making the new ACNA Book of Common Prayer 2019 accessible, we’ve put together a Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA Prayer Book!


Ordinary Time: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Season after Pentecost

The Church year revolves around two cycles:

  1. the Christmas cycle (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)
  2. the Easter cycle (Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost)

But what about the rest of the year?

Well, there are two periods of the liturgical year that are called “ordinary time” that stitch together the […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:11-05:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |3 Comments

Ember Days: A Rookie Anglican Guide

I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about “Ember Days,” I thought of a dying fire!

However, when I began my ordination process, I quickly found out that Ember Days are about ordination and Holy Orders, not about fireplaces.

What are Ember Days?

As […]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:12-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Eastertide

Easter Sunday is only the beginning!

A great fifty-day feast (known as “Eastertide,” “Easter Season,” or “Easter Time,” as well as “Paschaltide,” “Paschal Season,” or “Paschal Time”) kicks off on Easter Day. In the Church Year, this is quite literally fifty days of feasting.

Easter is the high point of the Church Year. So it makes sense that we would party […]

Holy Week: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Starting on Palm Sunday, we embark on what’s known as “Holy Week.”

As I put it in my overview of the Church calendar and the Christian liturgical year,

The last week of Lent, Holy Week, remembers the last week of Christ’s earthly life, beginning with Palm Sunday’s commemoration of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Matt 21:1-11).

So, put simply, Holy Week is […]

Lent: A Rookie Anglican Guide

What is Lent?

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting for 40 days, Lent is a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter.

The Church year revolves around two “cycles,” one for Christmas and one for Easter.

  • The Christmas cycle begins with a season of preparation: Advent.
  • The Easter cycle begins with a season of preparation: Lent.

Because Lent lasts for forty days […]

By |2021-02-02T12:29:29-06:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |6 Comments

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP): A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Prayer Book

You can’t be curious about Anglicanism for very long without running into the Book of Common Prayer—commonly abbreviated as the “BCP” or referred to as the “Prayer Book.”

(Looking for specific information about the Anglican Church in North America’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer? Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA’s 2019 BCP […]

Holy Communion: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Eucharist

Have you ever wondered what’s going on during a liturgical service of Holy Communion (AKA Eucharist, AKA Lord’s Supper, AKA, Lord’s Table)?

So many moving parts! And what’s the deal with shaking hands in the middle?

You’re not alone.

Thankfully, a relatively simple overall structure unifies the many moving parts.

The Overall Structure:

Most services of Holy Communion […]

By |2020-02-06T16:34:46-06:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |20 Comments

What Attracts People to Anglicanism? A Rookie Anglican’s Take at the Telos Collective

I was asked by the Telos Collective a while back to write a post, based upon my work here at Rookie Anglican, about what’s drawing people into the Anglican tradition.

Writing the post was a helpful exercise in summarizing what I’ve been noticing since starting Rookie Anglican about two years ago. I used what I’m calling “subversive cultural resonance” as […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:11-06:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments

Trinity Sunday: A Collect Reflection

The Collect for Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in […]

By |2019-03-08T15:40:26-06:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Pentecost: A Collect Reflection


Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the […]

By |2019-04-21T17:11:43-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

A Rookie Anglican Goes to the Telos Collective #Intersection2018 Conference

In case you’ve never heard of it, The Telos Collective is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA], created:

  1. “to gather Anglican leaders from every diocese who think like missionaries, who are committed to using every strategy at their disposal to reach 21st century North America for Christ” and
  2. “to renew the Anglican church with the confidence […]
By |2018-07-03T10:13:58-05:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Four “P’s”: A Brief Introduction to Anglican Emphases (And a Fifth for Consideration), By Tyler Kerley

When introducing Anglicanism to family, friends, and acquaintances, I have found it helpful to summarize some of the key points of Anglicanism by outlining them as the four “P’s.” Other traditions hold one or two of these points in common with Anglicanism, but the Anglican tradition has, I think, combined them all in a unique way and, as […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:23-06:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |2 Comments

The Latest Daily Office Booklet is Here!

Great news! I’ve finished work on the latest version(s) of the Daily Office Booklet.

Based on user feedback, I’ve created 3 different versions of the booklet.

  1. The first version continues to use the OLD ACNA LECTIONARY, based on the liturgical year.
  2. The second version uses the NEW ACNA LECTIONARY, based on the civil calendar.
  3. The third version uses my experimental TWO-YEAR LECTIONARY (based on […]

A Gift of God (By Rev. Dr. Emily McGowin)

“OK, let’s sing that verse again,” the worship leader said. “And this time sing it with everything you’ve got!”

I was sitting in the back row of the church cradling a sleeping baby. I was lonely and exhausted—deeply disconnected from the upbeat music coming from the stage. A voice inside my head whispered back to the man with the guitar: “What […]

By |2019-03-08T15:41:47-06:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |4 Comments

The Long Way Home: Dwelling in the Anglican Way (By Fr. Justin Clemente)

For me, my “Anglican story” is intimately tied up in the desire to be anchored both in the tradition it represents and the calling to plant more churches firmly anchored in that same tradition.

A few years back, my wife and I were Confirmed in the Anglican Church in North America. This is interesting, because at the time, I was already […]

By |2019-03-08T15:42:21-06:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |0 Comments