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.

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. [...]

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

Brothers, We Have Failed: A Lament in Response to the Women’s Ordination Debate

Editor’s Note: The piece below represents the opinion of the author. Anglican Pastor does not take a site-wide position for or against women’s ordination. We do, however, require both clarity and charity. We ask that your responses to it do so as well. In a debate as crucial and heated as the matter of ordaining women to the priesthood in [...]

By |2020-02-14T14:42:23-06:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |14 Comments

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 [...]

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 Pastor, 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 comes [...]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:07-06:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Opinion, Sacraments|18 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 [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-06-23T11:16:39-05:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |10 Comments