Liturgy

Public worship, prayer, feasts, formation.

O Holy Night: Beyond Sentimentality

By Peter C. Schellhase A few Christmases ago I learned that “O Holy Night,” that Christmas Eve staple, is based on a quite serviceable French carol, “Minuit, Chrétiens,” by Placide Cappeau. But the differenc... Read More...

Advent: Gearing Up For All Twelve Days

A former Roman Catholic student preparing to become an Episcopal priest recently asked me why we retain the Twelve Days of Christmas as Anglicans, but Roman Catholics do not. Both Rome and the Episcopal Church ... Read More...

Fistfuls of Tears, Fistfuls of Joy

By Steve Rice When you do something over and over, it sometimes requires a bit of effort to mentally engage with what you are doing. My confessor once told me to focus on the verbs in the eucharistic prayer ... Read More...

Ripeness

By Joseph Mangina I suspect that among the reasons Advent is so beloved is that it gives us permission to suspend our toxic religious positivity and speak with truth and clarity about the darkness around us.... Read More...