(Why) Are Priests and the Liturgy Necessary for Holy Communion?

Many people coming into the Anglican tradition from other traditions have questions. Quite often, these questions center on the sacramental nature of the Church.

This pattern makes sense. After all, the Anglican Church emphasizes sacraments more than some other branches of the Christian Church. All churches have preachers of the Word. Not all have a developed sacramental theology nor a formal […]

By |2019-12-22T16:45:26-06:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Sacraments|Tags: , |1 Comment

3 Emergency Tips for Lay Readers of Scripture

Those of us in the Lay Reader Ministry love God’s word. We love to share the life-giving message of the Lord to his people in the context of Sunday worship. And when everything goes well, we have plenty of time to prepare our readings so that we are equipped for whatever the lectionary throws at us: crazy Hebrew names, complicated […]

By |2020-01-08T12:49:26-06:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |0 Comments

The Prayer of Humble Access

The Prayer of Humble Access is a traditional part of the Anglican service of Holy Communion. I recently found out how beloved the Prayer of Humble Access is to so many Anglicans when I posted about it on Twitter. I posted what I thought was a slightly humorous tweet poll which indicated some questions I have about the placement of […]

By |2022-03-21T11:44:58-05:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|2 Comments

And With Your Spirit? And Also With You? What Are We Supposed to Say?

If your church has adopted the ACNA’s new Book of Common Prayer 2019, one change probably threw everyone off. And it was a change of only two words.

For those who learned liturgy, even just a little, from the 1979 Prayer Book or in the Roman Catholic Church from 1970 to 2010, it was nearly automatic to respond to the priest’s […]

By |2019-10-08T13:57:16-05:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|4 Comments

Finding a Place for Lament in the Anglican Church

Born a little on the melancholy side, I was always attracted to the bleaker parts of Scripture.

You know, the parts where a prophet would cry out to God for help, or where God would lament the betrayal of His bride. Or the psalms of lament where the psalmist feels desperate and horrifically abandoned. These passages captured my imagination like nothing […]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:01-06:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

Anglican, with a Love of Icons

Emanuel Burke previously shared his Anglican journey here: “Anglican, for the Love of God.” In this post below, Emanuel shares about his journey into iconography. If you’d like to support his work, check out his Patreon page.


Icons? Aren’t they idolatrous?

Many Western Christians, particularly in America, have a difficult time understanding why icons are so meaningful and integral to […]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:03-06:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |5 Comments

How to Chant the Phos Hilaron (Tallis)

If you’d like to chant the Phos Hilaron, I recommend the following setting from The Hymnal 1982.

“O Gracious Light, Lord Jesus Christ,” The Hymnal 1982, #25

Phos Hilaron

“Phos Hilaron,” Church of the Apostles in Seattle, WA

It’s not exactly the same, but you the following rendition(s) of the Phos are clearly based on the setting above by Thomas […]

By |2019-07-31T17:10:14-05:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Daily Office & Prayer, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |2 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!

FYI:

4 Useful Features of the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

(NOTE: Read our Rookie Anglican Guide to the ACNA’s 2019 BCP here.)

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has released its 2019 Book of Common Prayer!

I asked Fr. Ben Jefferies (who worked on the Liturgy Task Force as has written about the 2019 BCP’s typography and Daily Office Lectionary) what features of the new Prayer Book […]

Get Dirty: 3 Reasons Why We Should Observe Rogation Days

The sixth Sunday of Eastertide, known as Rogation Sunday, is a day that Anglican pastors should get dirt on their vestments. This is not only encouraged, it’s expected. The psalmist said ‘all flesh is like grass,’ so it’s good that the people of God walk along grass in worship and praise a few times a year.

Rogation Days are a […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:49-06:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year, Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|Tags: |5 Comments

Here’s How to Resist the Church’s “Conspiracy of Cordiality”

The following quote is from Stanley Hauerwas’ book Resident Aliens. It has hung in my office for years and I find myself reading on many occasions. As a college chaplain, I am often thinking about how to talk to my students about church; what it is, what it isn’t, why they need to be a part of it, and how […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:51-06:00May 9th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship, Opinion|1 Comment

Why We Cry for Notre Dame

The horrific fire at Notre-Dame de Paris on Monday has captured many of us. Nearly every tourist who has been to France has visited it. Nearly everyone who has an image of Paris has Notre Dame at the center. Seemingly floating on the Île de la Cité, it actually is at the heart, sectioned off and yet pulsing through the […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:54-06:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Miscellaneous, Opinion|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

REVIEW: “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” by Winfield Bevins

“What is the allure of liturgy for a new generation?”

Based upon his field research over the past few years, Winfield Bevins has provided us with a book-length answer to this question in Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation.

I’m very glad he’s done so, […]

By |2019-03-24T12:51:07-05:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |0 Comments

What’s Drawing a New Generation to Liturgy? An Interview with Author Winfield Bevins

UPDATE: Read our review of this book.

Winfield Bevins has been a part of the team here at Anglican Pastor for a while now. (Click here to read his posts.) We’re excited to announce the publication of his latest book, Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation on March 5, 2019.

As somewhat of […]

By |2019-03-24T12:54:30-05:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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 indumiso yako.
Um-Priste. Tixo, kàuleza […]

By |2019-06-23T11:16:39-05:00February 14th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |11 Comments

What are the Anglican Vestments?

This post about Anglican vestments first appeared on June 29, 2016. Updated on August 21, 2018.


Anglican Vestments Can Be Confusing

I knew almost nothing about Anglican vestments when I first visited an Anglican church. My only experience of robes was graduations—and that one time my dad wore a hilarious robe with colorful puffies glued onto it by a friend, as […]

By |2022-05-20T10:49:28-05:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |45 Comments

Scripture in the Anglican Tradition

Charles Simeon once said, “The Bible first, the Prayer Book next, and all other books and doings in subordination to both.” Anglicans love the Bible. In fact, when most people attend an Anglican church, the first thing they notice is the central role of the Bible. Each Sunday, there are usually four readings of Scripture: one from the Old Testament, […]

By |2019-01-07T10:15:46-06:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, History, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: |1 Comment

Notes from Camp St. Christopher

When you drive out to St. John’s Island from Charleston, South Carolina, you move through filtered sunlight through overhanding oak branches draped with Spanish moss. The low country is filled with tall grasses and salt marshes. And when you pull up to Camp St. Christopher, at the very point of the barrier island, you are greeted by the figures of […]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:19-06:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

Easter isn’t a finish line—it’s our kickoff to a season of celebration. Still, pastors can be forgiven for admitting that after Holy Week, they are a little exhausted. Whether your church hosts vigils, daily services, or some other Easter extravaganza, there is a lot to juggle.

Especially tricky is managing the liturgies. Palms and Passion, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; Holy […]

By |2019-03-08T16:12:36-06:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

10 Ways to Preach the Easter Sunday Sermon

Talk about pressure—the Resurrection is the biggest event in the history of the world. Individuals and families who rarely darken the doors of a church will find their way into your sanctuary on Easter. While our culture has morphed the moment into lilies, butterflies, eggs, and bunnies, people still desire to hear this story. And why not? It […]

By |2019-04-12T16:47:30-05:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Liturgy & Worship, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching|Tags: , , , |16 Comments

The Gift of Lent

Lent begins with a necessary reminder: you are dust and to dust you shall return.

In Ash Wednesday, we speak these difficult words so that we might resist the influential fictions that our daily lives impress upon us. The fiction that we are in control. That we can fix ourselves. That we were designed first and foremost to love and care for […]

How to Lead a Daily Office Service (Morning or Evening Prayer) for a Group

Daily Office: Easier Said (Alone) than Done (With a Group)!

In the interests of making the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) more accessible, I’ve been putting together Daily Office Booklets for a while now. Ideally, with just a Bible and a booklet, you should be able to work your way through both Morning and Evening Prayer on your own […]