Key Aide to Archbishop of Canterbury
Resigns, Citing “erosion of faithfulness”
By The Rev. Dr. Peter Mullen
The writer is a Church of England priest. He is the former Rector of St. Michael Corn Hill in the City of London. Dr. Mullen is Chaplain to the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, and the Anglican Chaplain to the London Stock Exchange.
Lorna Ashworth, a close colleague and adviser of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a member of the Archbishop’s Council, has resigned from both the Council and the General Synod. In her resignation letter, she wrote: “There is an agenda of revisionism masked in the language of so called ‘good disagreement’ and an ongoing and rapid erosion of faithfulness. ‘Good disagreement’ and ‘unity’ have trumped the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We have a liberal agenda because the church is not anchored in the Gospel. There is no longer conversation about heaven, hell, sin, forgiveness and judg...
Each year at the beginning of Advent my daughter and I attend Messiah, performed by the Handel and Haydn Society at Boston's Symphony Hall. The orchestral and choral tour de force right through the last glorious "Amen!" leaves no doubt that The Christian Year has begun!
I wrote a blog last year on April 13 about Messiah's debut. Many of our readers commented favorably on it, so I'm rerunning it now as we approach Advent. All skill levels are represented by the performers, from world-renowned soloists down to the do-it-yourselfers gamely straining their voices to bring to their neighbors renditions that are truly awful, but heartfelt and fun.
Listen to the words and you'll feel a thrill of recognition, for most of them are from The King James Version and The Book of Common Prayer. Later, as you read your prayer book, you might hear Handel's music behind the words. Like the 1928 prayer book itself, Messiah is a work of beauty and a statement of faith.
. . . 3 Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid; * and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him . . . Psalm 27, page 371, The 1928 Book of Common Prayer
Today we honor America's veterans with heartfelt thanks for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice as they protected America's shores and citizens.
This day was originally designated Armistice Day to honor the veterans of World War I, "The War to End All Wars." Fighting between Allied and German forces ceased on November 11, 1919, and the Armistice officially went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
In 1938, November 11 was declared a legal holiday. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day by an act of Congress to honor men and women of the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard who had served in active duty.
The Very Reverend Canon Alexander Henderson (Hendy) Webb was consecrated to the episcopate of the Anglican Church in America (ACA) on February 18 at St. Patrick's Church in Milford, NewHampshire. “Bishop Webb served his parish church, St. Luke’s of Amherst, Massachusetts, the ACA Diocese of the Northeast, and the national church with distinction for several years,” said ACA
Presiding Bishop Brian Marsh.
The ancient, reverent rite of the laying on of hands as a confirmation of the apostolic
succession was performed by Bishops Brian Marsh, Chandler Jones, Juan Garcia, and George Langberg. After the service of Consecration, Bishop Webb’s home parish, St. Luke’s of Amherst,held a reception, which featured some mild roasting of the honoree and a sheet cake topped withan elaborate mitre fashioned of buttercream frosting.
Bishop Webb was born in 1951 and raised in Southern New York State. He was educated at Amherst College (Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts), The General Theological S...
Today We Honor a Man Who Helped Form
The Culture of a Nation
July 17 is the Festival Day of William White, first and fourth presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, first bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and architect of the American Book of Common Prayer.
Since he had no predecessors in the new land, White had to travel to England to be consecrated in the proper apostolic succession. In 1787, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Bishop of Peterborough consecrated White as the first Bishop of Pennsylvania. He became chaplain of the Continental Congress and later the U.S. Senate. In 1789, he was elected the first presiding bishop, and in 1795 became the Church's fourth presiding bishop, a capacity in which he served for the rest of his life.
This summer, as vacationers in Philadelphia visit the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and other points of interest in America's founding city, they might also...
Four Continuing Anglican Churcheswill meet in Atlanta, Georgia, October 2 to 6. Church leaders plan to sign an agreement establishing full communion (communio in sacris) among the four bodies in a move toward full unity. The Churches also will discuss common plans for mission and evangelism.
Each Church will hold mandatory business meetings and Synods, and all four will join in common worship and social occasions. The classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer is used throughout the Continuing Anglican Church in the United States, so named because member dioceses and parishes continue the doctrine and practice of the faith established in ancient times.
The four Churches and their episcopal leaders are the Anglican Church in America (Brian Marsh), the Anglican Catholic Church (Mark Haverland), the Anglican Province of America (Walter Grundorf), and the Diocese of the Holy Cross (Paul Hewett). The Joint Synods will meet at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, north Atlanta.
The generosity of 1928 Prayer Book Alliance supporters enables us to extend our grass-roots Prayer Book movement farther and wider than ever before. For example, in the last quarter of 2016, we sold as many prayer books as we did in the whole of 2015. We now publish and distribute two editions of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer: The classic Episcopal Church version, and the new Anglican Church in America (ACA) version, the only difference being the addition of an inspirational Foreword by ACA Presiding Bishop Brian R. Marsh.
The people of the Church have spoken. Churches that force unchristian “prayers,” infantile songs, and pagan tree-worship on their parishioners are losing their members more quickly than you can say “Robinson,” while churches that stand firm for a liturgy that’s ancient, true, and beautiful are filling their pews with worshipers of all ages.
During 2016 and the first half of 2017, we’ve continued to develop our online presence with our website that offers article...
O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
You can find this prayer in the classic, traditional 1928 Book of Common Prayer. It's on page 263, always in the same place, always accessible.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . . "
The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights guarantees our God-given right to worship as we believe.
The history of our prayer book and that of our nation have been intertwined from the beginning. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, was proposed by Congress in 1789, the same year in which the Book of Common Prayer, altered minimally from Thomas Cranmer's original, was introduced in Americ...
Many of you remember when, in 1985, the Coca-Cola Company introduced New Coke to replace Coca-Cola, the leading soft drink in America. The campaign bombed. Fans of classic Coke didn't like the new drink and wouldn't buy it. So the company scrapped their plans and went back to original Coke.
"It's the Real Thing."
The Episcopal Church has not been as responsive to its "customers," the laity. You and I didn't like the revised prayer book, neither catholic nor apostolic, that was foisted on us in 1979, and we objected strongly. Unlike the Coke executives, Church leadership ignored us. But first they lied to us. Many of our priests told us, "If you don't like it, you can go back to the 1928 Prayer Book."
At about the same time the decision-makers at Coke were reintroducing the classic soft drink, a group of Episcopalians gathered in the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, NY, in the Diocese of Long Island, and formed a regional chapter of the Prayer Book...