The Liturgical Home: The Nativity of John the Baptist

Posted on June 23, 2023
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The Nativity of John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24th and also known as the Summer Christmas, Nativity of the Forerunner, or Johnmas (I love that one!), is the special day we commemorate John the Baptist’s birth. It was once a highly celebrated feast day, though it doesn’t receive the recognition it once did, which…

The Beautiful Simplicity of Lent

Posted on March 29, 2023
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Lent is an opportunity to pare back our overstuffed lives, to return to simplicity and awareness of the Holy Spirit, to share in a small way the sufferings of the saints, and to receive once again the gospel of Christ, who took the entire penalty of our depravity, “making peace by the blood of his…

The Liturgical Home: Shrove Tuesday

Posted on February 20, 2023
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It’s time for Shrove Tuesday, also called Pancake Day, Mardi Gras, and Carnival. And I’m excited, not only because we will eat pancakes but also because it means we are only a day away from Lent, my favorite season of the year! The End of the Carnival The word Carnival comes from the Latin expression,…

Today in the Spirit: Epiphany & Epiphany 1A

Posted on January 3, 2023
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Prepositions are important in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). One change in the BCP 2019 that can easily go unnoticed is the designation “Sundays of Epiphany” in the new book versus “Sundays after Epiphany” in the 1979 (and 1928) books. The choice of wording in BCP 2019 conforms with a desire to return to…

Introducing The Liturgical Home

Posted on November 3, 2022
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The Liturgical Home is an Anglican Compass series of articles and books on serving the Anglican family. It is a place to learn everything you need to know to incorporate your faith into your home. A powerful way for Anglicans to live out their faith in their home is by celebrating the seasons of the…

Hymn Guide: See the Conqueror (ft. an exclusive video with Jenny & Tyler!)

Posted on May 23, 2022
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“See the Conqueror” is a wonderful hymn on the Ascension of Christ. It is not widely known, but we hope to make it more popular, with God’s help!  It was written by a 19th-century English bishop named Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1855), the nephew of poet William Wordsworth. Bishop Wordsworth authored many books, including The Holy Year, a book…

Palm Sunday: A Collect Reflection

Posted on April 5, 2020
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The Collect for Palm Sunday Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way…

A Case of the Easter Mondays

Posted on April 22, 2019
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Today is Easter Monday! Yes, Easter is a 50 day season and today is the first weekday of that season. Each day of the week during the week after Easter is marked out for special emphasis. Here’s the Collect for Easter Monday: Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that we who celebrate with reverence the Paschal…

The Great Fifty Days of Easter: A Rookie Anglican Guide to Eastertide

Posted on April 21, 2019
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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…