Jacob Davis

Jacob Davis

Editor

The Rev. Jacob Davis serves as Editor of Anglican Compass. He is a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Christ Our Hope. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he serves as Assisting Clergy for Pastoral Care at Grace Anglican Church and as a spiritual director. Jacob holds a B.A. in English from Reinhardt College and an M.A. in Theology and Arts from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As a lifelong artist and storyteller, he loves to explore the intersection of Christian faith with art, creativity, and beauty.

The Good Grief of Advent: Living in the Longing

Posted on December 15, 2023
|

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I’m still not happy. I always end…

Psalms and Prayers for Times of War

Posted on October 11, 2023
|

How can we pray in times of war? Sadly, this question is always relevant because, on this side of eternity, war is always with us. Jesus himself reminds us that, before his second coming, there will be “wars and rumors of wars” and that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matt. 25:6-7),…

The Feast of St. Francis: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on October 2, 2023
|

Perhaps it’s the novelty of bringing pets to church, but the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th, is surprisingly popular amongst Anglicans. Indeed, it is as ubiquitous as statues of that “Little Poor Man of Assisi” in gardens. Francis, in fact, has maintained astonishing popularity across many Christian traditions and beyond for over…

St. Aidan and the Legacy of Lindisfarne

Posted on August 31, 2023
|

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…

Beheaded for the Gospel: A Legacy of Martyrs

Posted on August 26, 2023
|

Across church history’s rich tapestry, the thread of martyrdom emerges as a vivid testament to Christ. As we join in prayer on the feast days of martyrs, we petition God in the collect, “Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly…

Getting Started with the Daily Office: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on July 25, 2023
|

Let’s face it: to the modern ear, “Daily Office” sounds more like your workplace than your prayer routine. However, while this “office” is not the workplace that it sounds like, it is, in a certain sense, a task or, more appropriately, a vocation. The odd name comes from the Latin officium divinum, which means “divine…

Family Prayer: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on July 7, 2023
|

Do you want to introduce the Daily Office into the life of your family, but the length of those prayer times is a bit daunting for your small children? Or do you want a quick version to do yourself when you have a busy workday? Family Prayer is here to help! It is for exactly…

Midday Prayer: A Rookie Anglican Guide

Posted on June 30, 2023
|

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
|

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…