This Holy Week, Remember That You Are Going to Die

This week, the Presbyterian theologian Carl Trueman reflected on what Christians ought to learn about ourselves and about the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing, he says, seems obvious: “The levels of general panic indicate that few of us have been properly prepared for the reality of our own mortality.” Many Christians have reflected on the significance of the [...]

By |2020-04-03T14:47:43-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Theology|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Cuaresma: “¡Hacia atrás, Satanás!”

“Pastor Anglicano” is a collaboration between Anglican Compass and Caminemos Juntos to deliver translated and original content in Spanish. The following piece was written in Spanish. It is not a translation of a previous Anglican Compass post. La Cuaresma es una especie de puesta a punto para mi automóvil. Al igual que mi coche, me hace falta este tuneup a [...]

By |2020-03-24T08:02:27-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Pastor Anglicano|Tags: |0 Comments

The Great Relief of Lent

Editor’s Note: You can listen to this Ash Wednesday Sermon on Restoration Anglican Church’s podcast. The life of Jesus is marked by healing. We marvel at the messiah as he travels through Galilee and Judea performing miracle after miracle, bringing wholeness and restoration to those who feel broken. Does the solemn reminder of mortality we receive at the outset of [...]

By |2020-03-03T09:37:31-06:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

A Millennial Lent

I belong to the generation that no one appears to understand: The Millennials. We have been referred to by the “e” word (entitled), and some spend thousands to purchase books and attend conferences in an attempt to understand this “everyone gets a trophy” generation. It’s pretty wild. We are the generation that grew up with the rise and transformation of [...]

By |2020-02-23T15:01:45-06:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

Reading Scripture During Lent

Despite its focus on repentance, Lent is no exception to the gracious focus of all Scripture—Jesus Christ himself. Scripture is always about redemption. How should we read Scripture in Lent? Before we look at that question, we have to lift a few burdens. First, not all of us are expert Bible scholars, and that’s okay. As the Church Father Tertullian [...]

By |2020-02-23T14:44:51-06:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Unnatural Cravings: A Lenten Reflection

Learning to Love Lent The very first time I gave anything up for Lent, I did it with a desperate heart: not sure what I needed, not sure what I wanted, and not sure what the whole thing was about anyway. I was raising and homeschooling three growing children, teaching literature at my homeschool co-op, running 30+ miles a week, [...]

By |2020-02-17T10:43:14-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Are the Main Worship Services during Lent and Holy Week?

Ash Wednesday If you are new to Lent, you can go to any Anglican, Lutheran, or Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday. Or find another type of church that has an “Ash Wednesday” sign. None of the traditions listed here require that you be a member to participate in the Ash Wednesday service. Just note that Orthodox churches (Greek, Russian, [...]

By |2020-02-17T10:33:12-06:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s the Point of Lent?

The following list (drawn from our book, Lent: The Journey from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week) is not exhaustive, but consider these Lenten lessons. Lent reminds us that we are sinners and we need to repent. We are sinners and we need to repent—even after we are baptized, saved, forgiven, and healed. Yes, we continue to be a part of [...]

By |2020-02-18T16:39:20-06:00February 18th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |1 Comment

Ask the Editors! An Interview with Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele about Anglican Pastor’s New Lent Book

Who is this book for? This book is for anyone and everyone interested in the ancient Christian season of Lent. If you’ve never observed Lent before, there’s plenty to learn! But even if you’ve been observing Lent for a long time, we trust that the personal reflections and collect reflections we’ve assembled will add richness and depth to your Lenten [...]

By |2020-02-05T17:52:27-06:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-03-24T12:18:58-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |2 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 [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:17:15-05:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , |6 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 [...]

By |2019-01-13T17:59:55-06:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |0 Comments

Special Event: Liturgy Taskforce Webinar

On April 10, LeaderWorks will facilitate a webinar from the meeting of the ACNA's Liturgy Taskforce as they work on common texts for liturgical use for our province. We hope to provide an opportunity to hear from the faithful men and women who have put in years of hard work on this prayer book. In October 2017, we were able [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:51:41-06:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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; [...]

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

The Bread that Really Satisfies: A Collect Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The Fourth Sunday in Lent Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ [...]

By |2020-01-06T12:21:09-06:00March 10th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The Third Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The Third Sunday in Lent Heavenly Father, you made us for yourself, [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:16-06:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The Second Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The Second Sunday in Lent Almighty God, you know that we have [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:19-06:00February 24th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Collect Reflections: The First Sunday in Lent

This post, in addition to being a part of Rookie Anglican, is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. The First Sunday in Lent Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:36:25-06:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ash Wednesday Excerpt: Giving Up

In Giving Up, I relate a moment from a particularly memorable Ash Wednesday. Other memories of this solemn service have been more somber, but none more soberly illustrates our 'selfie culture' or the need we have for this Lenten season that can draw us out of ourselves—if only we will let it. A few years ago, I led the Ash Wednesday [...]

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 [...]

Ash Wednesday, A Collect Reflection

This post is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Ash Wednesday Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are [...]

By |2020-02-25T18:23:19-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

You Miserable, Wretched Sinners!

You miserable, wretched sinners! You will hear this during Lent. Some will be offended, as these words seem rude and unworthy of creatures created in God's image. To retain these words would be to wrongly imply that human beings are supposed to grovel before God and debase themselves. Others will be pleased, as these traditional words seem to capture the [...]

By |2017-11-10T13:31:55-06:00March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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