The Roar of the Lion: A Rookie Anglican Guide to the Gospel of Mark

Posted on April 25, 2024
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A lion can be heard, even when it is not seen. And the lion’s roar demands a response. Over the millennia, the church has paired each of the four evangelists with one of the living creatures from Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4: In a lesser sense, these pairings reflect the qualities of each evangelist. For…

Saint Thomas Sunday: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on April 6, 2024
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The Sunday after Easter is also called “Saint Thomas Sunday.” This Sunday, we read the story of the apostle Thomas, his doubts about the news of the resurrection, and his confession of faith when Jesus showed him his wounds. It is a day to acknowledge skepticism and celebrate belief. Most importantly, Saint Thomas Sunday is…

The Stations of the Cross: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on March 19, 2024
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Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives…

The Decalogue: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on March 12, 2024
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The Decalogue is a responsive paraphrase of the Ten Commandments, used (sometimes) in the Sunday Communion service. Each commandment is recited by the priest and is followed by a congregational response. For example, here is the first commandment: God spoke these words and said: I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other…

A People of One Book

Posted on January 19, 2024
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“I want to know one thing—the way to heaven…Let me be homo unius libri [A man of one book]. Here, then, I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone: Only God is here. In his presence I open, I read his book; for this end, to find the way to…

Reclining On Christ: Saint John’s Example of Intimacy with Jesus

Posted on December 27, 2023
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Saint John was an apostle, an evangelist, and a bosom friend to Jesus, who set an example of reclining on Christ. John’s feast is December 27th, and we also remember him on Maundy Thursday and any time we read from his Gospel. A Bosom-Friend I call John a bosom friend because it was he, “the…

The Book of Wisdom: Divine Intelligence or AI?

Posted on December 8, 2023
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This is the fifth part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” Many Anglicans greet the season of Advent with the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” the second verse of which says: O Come, thou Wisdom from on high, Who orderest all things mightily; To us the path of knowledge show, And…

The Book of Judith, the Jewish People, and the Advent of the Messiah

Posted on November 10, 2023
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This is the fourth part of Dr. Noll’s series, “Reading and Enjoying the Apocrypha.” The Daily Office readings for November (BCP page 760) insert ten days of readings from The Book of Judith, from the Apocrypha. This book picks up themes from the Books of Maccabees, which I reviewed earlier, and adds some gender balance…

The Liturgical Home: The Feast of St. Simon & St. Jude

Posted on October 26, 2023
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As the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude approaches on October 28th, the Church anticipates a unique celebration that honors not one but two remarkable saints and apostles. The Church commemorates them together due to ancient Christian traditions and writings that suggest their collaboration in spreading the Gospel and a shared martyrdom in distant…