Top 10 Articles of 2022

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What a year! 2022 started out slowly, as Anglican Compass transitioned from its founding generation to its new leadership. But the year ended with a bang, with November setting an all-time traffic record of 96,000 views, and then December far surpassing it, with 125,000 and counting!

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Now to the list, of our Top 10 Articles of 2022!

10. Behind the Hymn: See the Conqueror (by Adam Hunter)

This year we began the “Behind the Hymn” series, each of which explores the story behind a great hymn, offers a verse by verse theological assessment, and shares multiple renditions on video. Other Behind the Hymn articles included Ah Holy Jesus, It is WellCome Ye Thankful People Come, O Come O Come Emmanuel, and Mary Did You Know.

9. Explaining our New Prayer Book (by Ben Jefferies)

In this article, Ben outlines his involvement with the Liturgy Task Force, and summarizes his work explaining various notable features of the 2019 Prayer Book. We also held an engaging Author Zoom with Ben in which we heard more stories from “the room where it happened.”

8. The Liturgical Home: St. Nicholas Day (by Ashley Tumlin Wallace)

This year we launched “The Liturgical Home,” a new moniker for Ashley Tumlin Wallace’s wonderful articles and books on celebrating the church year at Home. We had a special focus on Advent, with articles on the Advent Bidding PrayerSt. Nick, St. Lucia, and the O Antiphons. We also published Ashley’s book, The Liturgical Home: Advent, which was the #1 New Release in Anglican Christianity for its entire month as a new release!

7. The History of the Holy Week Collects (by Peter Johnston)

In the style of previous Prayer Book commentaries, Peter Johnston analyzes the Holy Week Collects from the BCP 2019, exploring history, theology, and liturgical practice. See also a companion article on the History of the Easter Week Collects.

6. A New Generation of Anglicans (By Alex Wilgus)

Drawing on his experience as host of the Word & Table podcast, and director of the St. Paul’s House of Formation, Alex Wilgus sees a new generation of evangelicals on the Canterbury trail, freshly discovering the objectivity of the Church.

5. Today in the Spirit: Advent 1A (By Geoff Little)

In Advent we launched a new commentary on the Sunday lectionary readings, by Geoff Little. Geoff draws on three decades of bilingual ministry experience, together with a decade of writing reflections on the Sunday lectionary. The result is concise nuggets of golden wisdom, now available on Anglican Compass every week. Here’s the latest for Christmas 2A!

4. 10 Ways to Preach the Christmas Eve Sermon (By David Roseberry)

David is developing something of a niche with his engaging articles on “10 Ways to Preach!” Adding to previous entries on Easter and Mother’s Day, this new article on Christmas Eve provided helpful ideas, and many preachers have reported using them. With 10 ideas, you are bound to find at least one angle to incorporate in your sermon.

3. The Lambeth Conference: A Rookie Anglican Guide (By Peter Johnston)

Anglicanism made the global news this summer and fall, first for the Lambeth Conference and second the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. So we published Rookie Anglican Guides on the Lambeth Conference and the British Monarch, respectively. Though these articles were timely in 2022, their themes will only become more significant in years ahead, as the Church in England and the Royal Family grapple with the growing secularism of England at large.

2. The Daily Office Booklet (By Anglican Compass)

As always, one of our most popular resources is our Daily Office Booklet, which we share in PDF to make Morning and Evening Prayer easy. We have now released the Daily Office Booklet for the beginning of 2023.

1. Why Are Anglicans Pro-Life? (By Georgette Forney)

The Supreme Court Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v Wade, made abortion and the pro-life cause a top news item on the year. Goergette Forney, the longtime director of Anglicans for Life, shares both the truths of scripture on life, as well as stories from her own experience, to explain why Anglicans are pro-life and what Anglicans can do to support moms with unexpected pregnancies. We also published, in our Parish Project series, how a congregation can hold a December Diaper Drive to provide help and hope to mothers in need.

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December 30, 2022

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