Sermon for the Purification

Purification.  Trinity, Port Charlotte, FL.  2 February 2020. Saint Luke ii, verse 22 - And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord.... In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. …

Some liturgical mistakes

'Devotion is a matter of taking pains.'  - Father Frank C. Irvin, SSC So let's get fussy.  Here is a collection of liturgical mistakes of various kinds and in no particular order.  Some are my pet peeves, some are clearly wrong, some are fussy, some are relatively important.  But here’s my list.  It could easily…

‘Modern’ liturgical language – again

[A letter from August 2019 on the matter of modern vs. traditional liturgical English....] Dear Father __________, Thank you for the REC [Reformed Episcopal Church] ‘modern language’ rite.  You suggest that this does what you want:  provide a modern language ‘translation’ of orthodox Anglican liturgy.  That suggestion begs the questions before us, however:  is it…

Anglicanism: What the use?

Keynote Address to the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen.  August 2006.  The Most Reverend Mark Haverland, Ph.D. Metropolitan of the Original Province of the Anglican Catholic Church I have been asked today to speak on the question, ‘What does conservative Anglicanism have to contribute to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church?’  At least that is…

The Marian Antiphons

The rubric after the third collect in Vespers in the Liber Precum Publicarum, reads, 'In Choris et Locis, ubi Cantores sint, hic sequitur Antiphona.'  The traditional 'Antiphons' after the Latin Offices are the Marian Antiphons that follow below in English.  I do not assert that the Elizabethan Prayer Book asserted that these particular forms should…

Charge to Provincial Synod, 2020

XXIII PROVINCIAL SYNOD Original Province     Anglican Catholic Church Atlanta, Georgia.   January 15th-17th, 2020 Metropolitan’s Charge to Synod In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. One of the functions of a Synod Charge concerns the Synod itself:  to give information or instructions about the business to come…

Manners

When I was in college I remember vividly going into the bookstore one afternoon with a woman friend.  I moved ahead of her to open and hold the door.  At the same time an old gentleman – probably a visiting alumnus – was coming out of the store the other way.  He said, rather loudly,…

Christmas I sermon, 2019

Christmas I.  December 29, 2019.  Saint Stephen’s, Athens Galatians 4:4 – …[W]hen the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.…