The Spring Training of Lent

Posted on March 20, 2024
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Springtime brings about two of the greatest events that humanity gets to celebrate. The first, of course, is the Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No other event, save perhaps his Incarnation, has such significance for all of humanity. This event we celebrate each Spring restores order as God has…

Lent at Antioch: The Spiritual Disciplines of the First Christians

Posted on March 5, 2024
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The first Christians did not have the word Lent, nor did they have a season of forty days before Easter. However, they did practice the spiritual disciplines of Lent: almsgiving, fasting, and prayer. In the New Testament, we see all three practices together at the church at Antioch, where believers were first called Christians. Acts…

Jump Back, Satan: The Spiritual Tune-Up of Lent

Posted on February 13, 2024
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Lent is Like a Necessary Tune-Up Lent gets my attention. It is kind of a tune-up, and just like my car, I require this kind of fine-tuning at least once a year. Spanish reveals the very worthwhile pun of “auto examinación,” (“auto” referring to the self) or “self-examination,” and signals the forty days of Lent….

St. Aidan and the Legacy of Lindisfarne

Posted on August 31, 2023
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Long before the Reformation, the groundwork of the Anglican tradition was laid. Saints across the islands of Great Britain and Ireland spread Christianity to a previously Pagan people, with expressions that often differed from those in Continental Europe. Because of their influence on our tradition, these saints are usually listed among the Anglican commemorations in…

Midday Prayer: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 30, 2023
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Our days are busy. Life is a nonstop hustle from the time we finish breakfast until we get home from work or school. Lunch itself may be eaten on the go. In the midst of it all, we often neglect Paul’s instruction to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17). However, Midday Prayer is here to…

Compline: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 21, 2023
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Compline as Night Prayer Many of us are accustomed to saying a quick prayer before bed. The church has a formal tradition of doing this called Compline, the final of four prayer times collectively called the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. Unlike the two principal offices, Morning and Evening Prayer, Compline (as…

Evening Prayer: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 8, 2023
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Evening Prayer can be a great way to transition from the busy rhythms of work or school into a more restful, reflective last chapter of the day. Multiple authors have explained the value of such prayer for finding God, emotional stability, and even verse memorization. Like all our offices of daily prayer, it can be…

How to Do Morning Prayer in the ACNA’s 2019 Book of Common Prayer

Posted on July 25, 2019
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Where do I start? Whether you’re a Rookie Anglican or just “Angli-curious,” perhaps you’ve heard of this new Book of Common Prayer 2019 (BCP 2019) and are asking yourself, “What is this thing?” or “How do I use it?” We’ve put together a “Rookie Anglican Guide” to the BCP 2019 for more information. However, if…

An Easy Way to Get More Scripture in Your Life

Posted on August 29, 2017
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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…

Fasting for Lent: How to Fast for Lent and Why You Should Do It

Posted on February 9, 2016
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Lent is a time for prayer and fasting. It is a season of spiritual preparation in which we remember Christ’s temptation, suffering, and death. Historically, the Church has celebrated Lent as a 40-day period beginning on Ash Wednesday and concluding the day before Easter. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to…