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Week of the Sunday from Nov 13 to Nov 19; Proper 28, A Collect Reflection

It’s almost the end of the year. No, really. When I first became Anglican, I had little understanding of the church’s calendar. I knew that Advent was a thing that meant I should hold off on Christmas carols. I knew that Lent was a thing that meant I should give up something for 40 days. And…that was pretty much it. [...]

A Family Liturgy of Thanksgiving

I found them in her dining room tucked into a lowboy drawer: a sandwich sized Ziploc bag of corn kernels.  I looked around at the china hutch still full, her table shrunk small.  She had passed away just a week before. She was red-haired spunky but always full of welcome. We had driven to Akron for her funeral. I choked [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:11-06:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |3 Comments

How to Chant the Venite

The Venite is a canticle used in Morning Prayer, based largely upon the text of Psalm 95. It is featured in certain editions of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle. As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, [...]

Donald Trump is Distracting Me From Myself

For some, it is so easy to get angry at President Donald Trump. He gives them reasons every day via the convenience of Twitter to see him as the problem. For others, the "fake news" mainstream media is a daily focus. For still others, it is the democrats or Hillary or "progressives" or activists. I'm pretty moderate myself, but I [...]

By |2019-01-03T16:16:43-06:00November 15th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |2 Comments

Announcing: New Daily Office Booklet! Advent 2017

It's finally here! I've finished work on the latest edition of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet. You can find out more, as well as access the booklet, at https://anglicancompass.com/rookieanglican/dailyofficebooklet/. (To keep things more stable from here on out, that URL will be the home for all future editions of the Daily Office Booklet.) I hope you enjoy the booklet! ~Josh [...]

How to Chant the Magnificat (The Song of Mary; Luke 1:46-55)

The Magnificat - also known as the Song of Mary (Luke 1:46-55) - is a canticle used in Evening Prayer. It is featured in certain editions of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle. As you can see in the pagescan from the [...]

How to Chant the Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah; Luke 1:68-79)

The Benedictus - also known as the Song of Zechariah, Luke 1:68-79 - is a canticle used in Morning Prayer. It is featured in certain editions of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.   As you can see in the pagescan from [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:20-06:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Week of the Sunday from Nov 6 to Nov 12; Proper 27, A Collect Reflection

Why did God become human? Many theologians have asked this question throughout the centuries. Perhaps most famously, St. Anselm (Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 until 1109, by the way) wrote an entire work on the topic: Cur Deus Homo? ("Why was God a Man?"). Now, according to Anselm, God became a human in order to pay humanity's debt (of withheld honor) to [...]

Week of the Sunday from Oct 30 to Nov 5; Proper 26, A Collect Reflection

It’s November now, and as leaves fall from the trees, so the days begin to pass by more quickly and we enter a season of busyness. It is a sad truth that what ought to be a season of rising anticipation often becomes for us a season of dread. We worry about travel, we worry about our schedules, we worry [...]

Announcing Collect Reflections: Reflecting on the Collects of the Christian Year

If you've done the Daily Office more than once or twice, you've probably noticed that certain prayers get repeated for a week, and then change. These prayers are called "the Collects (usually pronounced CO-llects, with the accent on the first syllable) of the Christian Year." What is a "COllect," Anyways? Back in 2015, our founding editor at Anglican Pastor, Greg [...]

Another “Anglicostal” Journey: The Spirit and the Body

Recently, Fr. Bryan Wandel wrote about how his Pentecostal faith set him up for the Anglican Church. Because I have similar sentiments, I shared it with several of my Pentecostal friends, and I recommend that you read the post. However, if I might add personal reflection to Wandel’s piece from my own journey, it is this: “As a Pentecostal, I [...]

9 Simple Ways to Deepen Your Time in the Word

If in-depth Bible study is like a day on a commercial fishing boat in a yellow slicker, hauling in the catch, exhausted at the end of the day, scripture meditation is more like pulling up to the table with a salmon roasted in white wine chatting about the catch with a good friend. The first is work. The second is [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:31-06:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , |0 Comments

An Easy Way to Get More Scripture in Your Life

Introducing The SLOW Word Movement, a weekly lectio divina subscription for Anglicans:   What if you could sit back and push play and have a spiritual director help you to meditate today on next Sunday’s scripture? Right where you are. Right in the midst of the press of everyday life.   What if you could begin preparing your heart for [...]

An Anglican Spider Bite: My Journey into the Anglican Way

This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to making Anglicanism accessible. An Anglican Spider Bite My Anglican journey began in a class about the theology of the early Church – specifically, with a particular article. Before we read J.N.D. Kelly’s Early Christian Doctrines, our professor wanted us to read a short biographical article on him by [...]

Are Icons Okay to Use in Prayer and Worship?

A long time ago on a continent far, far away, Christians had several councils to discern whether icons and sacred images could be used to aid worship and prayer. Iconoclasts wanted no images or icons, and Iconophiles wanted to retain them. After a lot of debate and prayer over centuries, it was finally determined that if a person is looking [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:37:39-06:00August 9th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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: , |4 Comments

Daily Office Booklet

NOTE: Daily Office Booklets are now located at https://anglicancompass.com/rookieanglican/dailyofficebooklet/. In the interests of making the Anglican Church in North America’s Daily Office Lectionary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer more accessible, I have been putting together Daily Office Booklets, which contain the basics of the Morning and Evening Prayer liturgies, as well as the references for all Scripture readings. THANK YOU to everyone [...]

How to Chant the Nunc dimittis

The Nunc Dimittis - also known as the Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32) - is a canticle used in Evening Prayer. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.   As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, I'm chanting #668, a setting written by J. [...]

How to Chant the Te Deum laudamus

The Te Deum - a very early Christian hymn - is a canticle used in Morning Prayer. Below is an audio file of the easiest way, in my opinion, to chant the canticle.   As you can see in the pagescan from the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal below, I begin by chanting #613, the setting written by E.G. Monk. However, for [...]

Still Here! – An Update from Rookie Anglican

I'm Sorry I (Josh) would like to apologize for the sudden drop-off in Rookie Anglican posts since the release of our most recent Daily Office Booklets. Truth be told, I've let the project slip to the back burner as my wife and I prepare to move to Wheaton, Illinois at the end of this month. We're both very excited about [...]

New Daily Office Booklet: Morning and Evening Prayer for Eastertide 2017 (April 16 – June 11)

NOTE: Access the latest version of the Rookie Anglican Daily Office Booklet here. This post is a part of Rookie Anglican, a blog dedicated to Making Anglicanism Accessible. In the interests of making the Anglican Church in North America's Daily Office Lectionary, Morning Prayer, and Evening Prayer more accessible, I have been putting together Daily Office Booklets, which contain the basics [...]

Why Pray for the Dead?

"For all those who departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, in thanksgiving let us pray to the Lord." In Anglican worship, we don't pray to the dead. But, we do  pray for the dead and we pray with the dead. Many people have asked me why we do this. Most of the time they are asking because they were [...]

This Saved My Prayer Life

Meet the Rev. Michael Jarrett and The Trinity Mission (thetrinitymission.org). The Trinity Mission is an online audio podcast and website featuring a daily reading of the Daily Office, both Morning and Evening Prayer. Michael is its developer, its visionary and its voice. What a blessing this man and that website is to me and to so many. The Trinity Mission [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:16-06:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, Daily Office & Prayer|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lenten Digest from LeaderWorks

 A LeaderWorks Digest of Lenten Resources Here are a few things that have been posted up at LeaderWorks. FOREHEADS: Do you wonder what it is like for a priest to 'impose' the ashes on the foreheads of hundreds and hundreds of people? Here are my thoughts from last year. Wouldn't change a word. Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind. TISH [...]

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