Trinity XX sermon

Trinity XX.  November 3, 2019.  All Saints’, Macon, GA Ephesians v, verses 15-16 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. Let me begin at the…

The Number and Order of the Collects

For Anglican priests – or for that matter for all Western priests – the selection, number, order, and reading of the collects at Mass depend on the liturgical authority governing the celebration.  In the Roman Novus Ordo the matter is simple:  one collect only is read. In general, if the rubrics and text of the…

Collect for Trinity XVIII

LORD, we beseech thee, grant thy people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil; and with pure hearts and minds to follow thee, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, etc.  The collects of Trinitytide often are appeals to God for his grace to enable Christian living.  The…

Unlimited War

I have written elsewhere in this blog about just war theory in general.  The theory rests most fundamentally on the insight that the true opposite of peace is not war but injustice.  Since the tranquillitas ordinis (the tranquility of order) is a necessary condition for human flourishing, sometimes the greater good is better pursued through…

Immigration and double effect

A friend recently sent an e-mail with news of mutual friends but also including this moral question: Here is something I've wondered about, as I read the stories of tiny children separated from their parents on the US border:  I have of course heard all of the horrified objections to such cruelty... but I've wondered:…

Some Prayer Book and Authorized Version pronunciations

Concupiscence (three uses in Paul) – pronounced ‘con-cue-pa-sense’, with a slight stress on ‘cue’.  The second syllable is definitely not to be pronounced as ‘cup’ Err and erred (in the general confessions in Morning and Evening Prayer).  This is best pronounced the same as 'Ur of the Chaldees' or as the first syllable in 'urgent'…