June 20, 2020

INDEPENDENCE DAY 

July 4

The Collect.

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 America by t...

July 26, 2017

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. 

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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. 

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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...

July 19, 2017

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...

July 13, 2017

Four Continuing Anglican Churches will 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 four...

July 13, 2017

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...

July 13, 2017

INDEPENDENCE DAY  

July 4

The Collect.

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...

July 3, 2016

1928 Prayer Book Alliance

After months of deliberation and discussion, the ETF Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in May approved a change in name from Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (ETF) to 1928 Prayer Book Alliance. The name re-emphasizes our purpose, to maintain and increase use of the classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

The word "Alliance" defines our intention to work with other traditionalist Anglican churches, organizations, and individuals who share our ideals. Our purpose, centered on the scripture-based 1928 BCP, remains as it has been since ETF's founding in 2002.

Some Episcopalians stay in a church they believe has become antithetical to scripture. They remain in their disintegrating home parishes, clinging to the wreckage, bearing witness to the faith that surely will survive despite all efforts to abolish it. Those fortunate enough to live within driving distance of a 1928 Episcopal parish choose to worship there, practicing religion based on the Wor...

July 2, 2016

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489 - 1556), whose birthday we mark on July 2, knew the power of words. He introduced the first Book of Common Prayer in 1549, in the knowledge that the language of the catholic and apostolic Church, presented to the people of England in their own language, would strengthen their faith. 

Cranmer's martyrdom, March 21, is memorialized on the Church Calendar. But it is fitting to celebrate his birthday, because it began the life of a remarkable man: theologian, scholar, author, leader of a national church, and father of the Book of Common Prayer. 

As Archbishop during the reign of King Henry VIII, Cranmer was assigned the difficult task of getting the English church out from under the rule of Rome. He managed to navigate those turbulent times only to be burned at the stake for his faith by Henry's Roman Catholic daughter, Queen Mary. Had Cranmer managed to survive for three more years, he would again have flourished under Elizabeth I, whose reign began...

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