Are Anglican Priests Allowed to Marry? I Sure Hope So!

Posted on December 2, 2020

Can Anglican priests get married? What about deacons? Bishops? As a married Anglican priest myself, I’m happy to report that the answer is “Yes“! As Article 32 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion puts it: Of the Marriage of Priests Bishops, priests and deacons are not commanded by God’s law, either to vow the estate…

What Do Anglicans Believe? An Overview of Anglican Beliefs

Posted on September 24, 2020

When someone visits an Anglican church, if they are new to our tradition, they often ask, “What do Anglicans believe?” As you can imagine, it is not that easy to summarize the doctrinal beliefs of a global communion with a long history and various schools of thought and practice. Nevertheless, here at Anglican Compass, we…

Why Do Anglicans Bow to the Cross?

Posted on August 27, 2020

I was a new Anglican, trying to participate by watching everyone else. I heard a voice shout “Please stand” and then “Blessed be God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!” As a cross passed, some people bowed their heads. Parade of Clergy? Everyone stood up as we sang a hymn. I was looking…

Anglican Definition: What Does “Anglican” Mean?

Posted on April 23, 2020

What does “Anglican” mean? This is a great, common, complicated question! First, let’s get this out of the way: It’s “ANGLican,” not “ANGELican.” We don’t worship angels! “Anglican” Means “English” Next, let’s go to Merriam-Webster. On its own, the word “Anglican” simply means “English”—“of or relating to England or the English nation.” When applied to…