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...
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...
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...
In the 1970s, as the Episcopal Church was preparing to inflict a watered-down version of the Prayer Book on a laity that did not want it, as ascertained in a Gallup Poll, William F. Buckley Jr., an architect of contemporary American conservatism, wrote this column on the revision of the liturgy. His rapier pen cut to the heart of the matter.
New Liturgists: Lord, they know not what they do
As a Catholic, I have abandoned hope for the liturgy, which, in the typical American church, is as ugly and as maladroit as if it had been composed by Robert Ingersoll and H. L. Mencken for the purpose of driving people away. The modern liturgists are doing a remarkably good job, attendance at Catholic mass on Sunday having dropped sharply in the 10 years since a few well-meaning cretins got hold of the power to vernacularize the mass, and the money to scour the earth in search of the most unmusical men and women to preside over the translation.
THE NEXT liturgical ceremony conducted primarily...
Most of us are familiar with the Boiling Frog Analogy: If you put a frog in boiling water, it will leap right out of the pot. If, on the other hand, you put the frog in warm water and gradually turn up the heat bit by bit, it will first be lulled into a cozy stupor, and then boiled alive before it catches on.
Having never tried this with anything other than lobsters, clams, and mussels, I don't know if this story is true, but it does illustrate how even the most radical change, when introduced in increments, can lull us into a sense that all is well -- until it's too late.
Incrementalism has long been the strategy of Episcopal Church authorities in lulling the laity with warm-and-fuzzy rhetoric while radically changing our Church right under our noses.
However, most Episcopalians are considerably brighter than amphibians, and more than half have briskly exited the Crock Pot since the revisionists first turned up the heat. After all, after being inundated with politically-correct ho...