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July 30, 2010



Wow, a post!
And herein lies a conundrum . . . . . regarding aglican|episcopal “doctrine” – the ordinal places emphasis on the homilies for the office of deacons (as well as other things). Since talking to many friends & acquaintances that are and or were deacons by way of their bishopric, only ONE (!) has said he ever read the homilies. Sounds to me there are a LOT of liars to their congregations, themselves and especially to God since there has been many a broken vow. What say ye David?
BTW, thanks for the itunes podcasts & such – PLEASE keep them up. We’re listening

ANOTHER missing element in the 79 bcp:
Bishop. It appertaineth to the Office of a Deacon, in the Church where he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the Priest in Divine Service, and specially when he ministereth the Holy Communion, and to help him in the distribution thereof; and to read Holy Scriptures and Homilies in the Church; and to instruct the youth in the Catechism; in the absence of the Priest to baptize infants; and to preach, if he be admitted thereto by the Bishop. And furthermore, it is his Office, where provision is so made, to search for the sick, poor, and impotent people of the Parish, that they may be relieved with the alms of the Parishioners, or others. Will you do this gladly and willingly?
Answer. I will so do, by the help of God.


great post. it is the bare bones approach of the Episcopal Church that gave me a congregation. the first time i sat down in a pew and read "taste and see that the The Lord is good" on the flyer, i knew i was somewhere that encouraged faith -and- independent thought. two years later and i've been baptised, confirmed and serve as acolyte/usher. took me 38 years, but i'm home.

Donald C. Muth

Thanks for this excellent article. I somehow learned from seminary that Anglicanism is based on the Gospel of St. Mark, who in his first verse (Mark 1:1) tells us that Jesus is: 1) the Christ, 2) the Son of God, and 3) that the news about him is "Good News". Everything else then becomes part of the "catholic" or inclusive nature of the Christian Faith and open to personal belief. For example, to such questions as, "Do Anglicans believe in the Virgin Birth?", we respond with the equal question, "Does St. Mark believe in the Virgin Birth?" Historically, Anglicanism has never been afraid to point out that tho two Evangelists consider the Virgin Birth as important to our understanding of how God becomes Man, neither St. Mark nor St. John consider this as an essential to our Faith in Jesus alone. Further, such an approach to the Christian Faith not only serves as a bulwark against idolatry, but also keeps the door open to all who affirm their faith in, and commitment to, the revelation of God in Christ Jesus. After forty years of service, I have been retired from the active priesthood for over twelve years, and may well be slipping into a simplistic attitude toward Anglicanism, but I continue to question the value of arguing over what historic Anglicanism considers wrangling over (and even coming to blows over) non-essentials. Over the years, and depending on the nature of those I have served in the name of Christ, I have celebrated both High and Low forms of Churchmanship, and been excoriated by extremists of both sides, depending on how I was ministering at the time. But I don't think anyone has for even a moment doubted my faith in Christ, thanks to my being rooted in the Gospel of Mark and the catholic nature of Anglicanism as I have understood it.

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