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 […]

Easter Sunday: A Collect Reflection

There are actually two Collects for Easter Sunday

First,

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and […]

By |2019-06-27T10:50:44-05:00April 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 […]

Good Friday: A Collect Reflection

Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Asking God

Every collect makes a request. […]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:05-05:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Maundy Thursday: A Collect Reflection

Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, […]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:17-05:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Music and Art for Holy Week

We’d like to share some music and artwork recommendations for Holy Week. If you have other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

Music for Holy Week

By |2019-04-14T12:56:57-05:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Christ’s Descent into Hell Is Good News

Christ’s descent into hell is one of the strangest things Christians confess. Two out of the three ecumenical creeds confessed by Anglicans contain it (Apostles’ Creed and Athanasian Creed).

From Augustine to Aquinas to Calvin, the vast majority of theologians have concluded that the descent into hell is implicitly taught in Scripture. They have argued that confessing Jesus Christ as […]

By |2019-04-12T16:12:08-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Theology|Tags: , |15 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

By |2019-03-24T12:18:58-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |3 Comments

Tailored vs. Traditional: Why Not Do Your Own Thing for Lent?

I’m busy planning out my personalized Lent. I need to decide what to give up. I need to decide what to give away. I need to pick books to read and do things that are tailored to my own personal, spiritual needs.

Lent arrives soon. Am I ready? There are so many choices to make.

Or are there?

A Traditional Lent

If I […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:57-06:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |4 Comments

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

How to Practice an Advent “Calendar Fast”

“I’m sorry, I won’t be able to make it. I have other plans on the calendar.”

It’s an ordinary exchange between friends throughout the year, a response that occurs more frequently in December given holiday parties, concerts, and family gatherings. Most people understand and respect the need for boundaries with personal and family calendars, especially in December.

But what if you established […]

By |2020-10-27T10:12:19-05:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

The Key Difference Between the Similar Seasons of Advent and Lent

Purple Seasons of Preparation

About ten Sundays a year, purple vestments and altar hangings adorn sanctuaries in Anglican churches.

Purple signals the season of Advent and the beginning of a new Christian year, either the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday in December. Then follow the seasons of Christmastide, Epiphany, and the season after Epiphany. Purple returns on Ash Wednesday […]

By |2019-01-13T17:59:55-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

The War on Advent

You have heard of the supposed War on Christmas. But the real war is not about whether retailers use the word Christmas during December or not. In fact, it is not even the Christmas season until Christmas day anyway.

The real war is happening in many American churches. It’s not a war on Christmas, its a war on Advent, and I […]

By |2020-12-23T16:13:21-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Opinion|Tags: |23 Comments

What They Are Saying About Advent

No doubt, you have plenty of resources for your church during Advent. Still, I thought you might benefit from this little quote collection I compiled during sermon preparation and study over the years. I wish you a blessed beginning to this season of expectancy. Enjoy!

(Note: To learn more about Advent and how to observe it at home with family and […]

By |2020-10-27T10:39:49-05:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |6 Comments

Week of the Sunday from September 4 to September 10: A Collect Reflection

O Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Seeking the Way of Repentance in All […]

By |2019-06-13T16:21:55-05:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 31 to August 6

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy […]

By |2019-01-04T22:34:59-06:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 24 to July 30

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:02-06:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |4 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 17 to July 23: A Collect Reflection

Sorry for the late Collect Reflection this week! My daughter, Eva Joy Steele, was born on Friday after quite a lengthy labor and delivery process. Here’s what I was able to put together!

Week of the Sunday from July 17 to July 23

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:03-06:00July 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |4 Comments

Want to Learn More about Anglican Collects? Check out These Resources

Blog Posts about the Collects

Here at Anglican Compass, we’ve got a series of reflections on the weekly Collects of the Christian Year. It’s called “Collect Reflections,” and you can read those posts here.

If you’d like to dive even deeper into the rich content and history of the Anglican Collects, then I suggest you start with my introductory post,

Week of the Sunday from July 10 to July 16: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 10 to July 16

Let your merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of your humble servants; and, that we may receive what we ask, teach us by your Holy Spirit to ask only those things that are pleasing to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the same Spirit […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:07-06:00July 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from July 3 to July 9

Grant us, O Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who can do no good thing apart from you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you […]

By |2019-01-04T22:35:09-06:00July 8th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from June 26 to July 2 (Proper 8): A Collect Reflection

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and on earth: Put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things that are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


One evening last week, my […]

By |2020-05-22T14:53:48-05:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from June 19 to June 25: A Collect Reflection

Week of the Sunday from June 19 to June 25

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and […]

By |2019-06-27T10:51:58-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments