What do we do when we face parts of the past — or even among brothers and sisters today from far away — that strike us as uncomfortably strange?
For the sake of mission, we need to rediscover the gospel that the BCP empowers us to pray.
Central aspects of Cranmer’s theological agenda were pushed aside before 1600; they certainly vanished in that most globally influential rite, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
It’s not uncommon to slip into primitivism. A timeline often appears. A pure moment is imagined, a “golden age” with its simple, saintly figures.
Unlike eucharistic prayers, the Prayers of the People have received little attention.
For early Anglicans, the right handling of the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15) was a matter of life and death. It requires a heart that acknowledged the authority of the Divine Author, and gladly assented to Scripture's plain meaning.
When it comes to telling the story of the gospel in the Episcopal Church, I believe there is no clearer and no better way to tell it than with the traditional prayer book liturgy found in Rite 1