Out of the ordinary
-The Presiding Bishop's Chronicle-
Anglicanism and Eastern Orthodoxy - Historically Speaking
May 3rd, 2022
On the eve of the Great and Holy Council of the Eastern Orthodox in June 2016, the first general meeting of the majority of Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs and hierarchs in many centuries, it should be beneficial take a moment and reflect upon what the Eastern Orthodox Churches have historically held and taught concerning their closest ecumenical friend and partner, the Anglican Church. The impending ...
The Advocation of the Saints
April 24th, 2022
There is only one Mediator and Advocate between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2.5). His mediation and mediatorial work are absolute and unique. Ontologically, there can be only one Advocate and Mediator for the whole of mankind because Jesus Christ alone is the Hypostatic Union, God made Man, the God-Man, the Word made Flesh, who unites divinity and humanity in His One Person. He is...
The Operation of the Holy Ghost
April 5th, 2022
1. Common humanity. The Holy Ghost has been present in creation since He established it and has always abided in the imminent creation, sanctifying, controlling, and ordering it. The Holy Ghost operates in His grace in the creation of every human being and endows every human being with his human soul, making each man the Image and Likeness of God. He, with the Father and the only-begotten Son/Logo...
Why Millennials Long for Liturgy: Is the High Church the Christianity of the future?
March 8th, 2022
From The American Conservative: America’s youth are leaving churches in droves. One in four young adults choose “unaffiliated” when asked about their religion, according to a 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll, and 55 percent of those unaffiliated youth once had a religious identification when they were younger. Yet amidst this exodus, some church leaders have identified another movement...
Necessary Sacramental Intention
March 4th, 2022
'There is no need to intend what the Roman Church does; but what the true Church does, whatever that True Church is. Or what Christ instituted. Or what Christians do. Because these all amount to the same thing. You ask: What if someone intends to do what some particular and false church does, which he himself believes to be the true one - for example, the church of Geneva; and intends not to do wh...
Timelines of the English Reformation: Edward VI and the Edwardine Reformation
March 3rd, 2022
1537: King Edward VI is born, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.1547: Henry dies; Edward ascends the English Throne.1547: The Privy Council, and Somerset and the Duke of Northumberland take control of the nation and impose Calvinist doctrine on the Church of England; they establish an Erastian civil and ecclesiastical government.The Book of Homilies and the Injunctions of Thomas Cranmer are p...
'Continual growth in thy love and service...'
February 10th, 2022
In the 1928 American Prayer Book Eucharist, the Prayer for the Whole State of Christ's Church contains this phrase of intercession for the Dead, which petition is absolutely unique to the revised American liturgy: 'And we also bless thy holy Name for all thy servants departed this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching thee to grant them continual growth in thy love and service, and to give us gra...
Saint Charles Stuart I of England, King and Martyr
January 30th, 2022
Saint Charles Stuart I (1600-1649) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1625. On his accession to the throne, King Charles found a considerable party amongst the clergy disposed to abandon the Calvinistic views which had been predominant in the previous century and to welcome a theological position much near to traditional Catholicism. The King, who personally favoured the new movement, took...
The Bestowal of the American Episcopate
November 4th, 2021
For Anglicans in the United States, the month of November provides a commemoration of unique importance which reinforces what we celebrate on All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the great celebrations of the Church Triumphant in Heaven and the Church Expectant in Paradise. During this time, we remember our link with the historic Catholic Church of the ages and the Communion of Saints, and our Apos...
A Teaching and Proclamation on Abortion
February 21st, 2019
The Bishops of the Anglican Joint Synods Churches released the following statement on the matter of abortion. In 1973 the Supreme Court paved the way for legalized abortion in the United States in a landmark decision known as Roe v. Wade. Four years later, The Affirmation of Saint Louis laid out the following in response: “every human being, from the time of his conception, is a creature and chil...
Article XXVIII and the Continuing Churches
February 21st, 2019
The Affirmation of Saint Louis (1977) is the foundational document of the Continuing Church. The Affirmation distinguishes the Continuing Churches from earlier Anglican bodies, such as the Episcopal Church prior to 1976, which were vaguer and deliberately more ‘comprehensive’ in their doctrine and moral teaching than are the Continuing Churches. The Affirmation also distinguishes the Continuing ...