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u/keakealani · 6 pointsr/Anglicanism

What an awesome practice! The Daily Office is such a rich expression of prayer that I wish more people would try! So kudos to you for trying it out.

On your questions...

  1. In my diocese there is a simple application process to become a licensed lay officiant when officiating within a specific church, but I don’t really think it’s restrictive in the sense that you can’t just say the Office somewhere outside of a church with other people. Certainly, the spirit of the Office is that it is accessible to all and doesn’t require special ordination or certification. That said if this is something you are really passionate about, I think you should see about what kind of formation your church can offer so that you might be able to say the Office with confidence and have good instruction on all the nuances of it.

  2. Keep in mind that the 2019 prayer book is issued by the ACNA, not the Episcopal Church. That may or may not matter to you, depending on whether you plan on characterizing your Office group as a sort of pan-Anglican group, or whether it is more specifically Episcopalian in nature. The official prayer book in TEC is the 1979, which I think is the one you should use if you plan on situating yourself as firmly Episcopalian, but otherwise I don’t really think it matters what prayer book you use as long as you are consistent. This may also be a pragmatic question - I am not sure if the 1928 prayer book is easily accessible in bulk, and I just don’t know what the price and distribution patterns of the 2019 book are at all. I am assuming you are providing prayer books or some sort of printout for your fellow Office-sayers to follow.

  3. I don’t know, I’ll let someone else comment.

  4. I don’t think it needs to be super formalized, but some sort of lectern or table from which a reader can do the readings might be nice. If you have kneelers and stuff that’s great, but if not there are lots of other options. Heck, even just having some throw pillows that people can sit/kneel on might be all you really need.

  5. I don’t think so. Definitely giving an actual sermon is prohibited, I think, so to me the spirit of the law says that lay people shouldn’t be expounding on scripture or other topics in a sermon-like setting. But, I think group discussion is appropriate. You could also consider doing a short reading; for example my church uses this book of readings from the early church for some of our Daily Office services.

  6. I think once a week is a good start. My church says EP every day but it is split up among many different officiants, most of whom officiate once a week. It is hard to make it work in the average person’s schedule to say the Office publicly more than a couple times a week, and it’s better to cultivate a loyal following for one service than spread out the interest among many different services. Perhaps as your group grows (God willing!) you might be able to create a rotation to offer prayer more often.

    Best of luck in this endeavor - it sounds like such a worthy effort!
u/anchor68 · 3 pointsr/Anglicanism

Welcome. Good luck on your path. Do know that faith ebbs and flows. Right now, you've had a powerful experience that moved you significantly--to a whole new faith. That's great. In a few months, or years, or maybe never, things may settle down and feel less powerful. But that doesn't mean they're less genuine. Be open to the journey and its ebbs and flows. Though if you're a fan of Ignatian spirituality you probably have a sense of that!

As far as books, I think The Anglican Way and Your Faith, Your Life are great introductions to the Anglican/Episcopal traditions. They are basic, but they might help you pick up some facts you're missing out on. For better understanding the Book of Common Prayer and liturgical worship, I'd recommend Inwardly Digest to start and the Commentary on the American Prayer Book if you really want to dive deep on specific aspects of the book. To understand the Nicene Creed, one of our primary statements of faith, try The Nicene Creed. It's written by a Catholic theologian but really helped me understand more pieces of this prayer that Christians share.

If you are interested in the more mystical/Ignatian modes of spirituality, both of these are Catholic but apply well to Anglicanism: Richard Rohr's Center for Contemplation in Action (love their daily reflections!) and many of the books by Father James Martin, SJ.

Lastly, read the Bible just a little bit every day! It will help you get more familiar with things. Try choosing a daily devotional like Sacred Space or Day by Day which will give you snippets of reading and reflection. It'll help you grow to understand scripture better.

u/bobo_brizinski · 6 pointsr/Anglicanism

So Anglican theology is deeply liturgical - i.e. we see our theology as being expressed, experienced, and enforced in our worship - "lex orandi, lex credendi." This principle comes to a zenith in our theology behind the sacraments, which has often relied on liturgical texts and actions in a way unique among other Christian churches. This makes our theology as much of an experience as it is a set of intellectual commitments (not to artificially split the two though). However, it means that Anglicans, especially today's Anglicans, often have an implicit theology behind the sacraments, a theology relying on liturgy more than explicit explanations, which can make expressing a coherent theology difficult.

Regardless, the first place you should go if you want a taste of Episcopal "sacramentality" today is our current worship, the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Our service for Baptism begins on p.298 (be sure to look at the Baptismal Covenant on p.304). We have two rites for the Eucharist, Rite I on p.323 and Rite II on p.355. As an example of Episcopal sacramental theology, it is very significant that Baptism and Eucharist are considered important enough to warrant their own liturgies.

But don't just read the texts - attend worship to understand! Theology is practiced and trained by worship.

Two other documents in the Prayer Book are of note: first, a very brief contemporary Catechism, which covers the Sacraments on pp.857-861. The other are the 39 Articles of Religion of the Church of England (dating back to the 16th century), which are not considered authoritative for Episcopalians today, but are an important historical document that highlights the deeply Reformed dimension of Anglicanism's development during the English Reformation (a fact that frankly embarrasses many today, for better or worse). Articles #25-31 cover the sacraments on pp.872-74.

Here's a link from a contemporary Episcopalian's attempt to coherently explain the basics of sacramental theology in our church today. It was written in response to a practice that he (rightly, imo) identified as a perversion of proper sacramentality:

There are several good books on sacraments within Anglicanism by Anglican authors:

  • Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams - an introductory book on the essentials of Christianity by a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Beautifully written, profound, short, and accessible.

  • Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life by Derek Olsen - treats the Episcopal '79 BCP as a coherent system of spirituality. Also accessibly written for non-specialists. Derek Olsen is an amazing author and blogger in contemporary Anglo-Catholic circles. I believe this is the best work on our Prayer Book available today. Look especially for "Section 3 - The Holy Eucharist" for Episcopal sacramentality. You can read a rough draft of it at Olsen's blog here.

  • The Study of Anglicanism - informative collection of essays. Look for "Part V - Church, Sacraments, and Ministry", especially V.4 ("Initiation" by David Holeton) and V.5 ("Holy Communion" by William R. Crockett)

  • The Mystery of Baptism in the Anglican Tradition by Kenneth Stevenson - historical overview of baptismal theology

  • The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Anglican Tradition by H.R. McAdoo and Kenneth Stevenson - historical overview of eucharistic theology

  • A Guide to the Sacraments by John MacQuarrie - takes a more Anglo-Catholic view. MacQuarrie was a respected systematic theologian of the 20th century.

  • "V. Anglicanism and Eucharistic Ecclesiology" and "VI. Anglicanism and Baptismal Ecclesiology" in The Identity of Anglicanism by Paul Avis - Avis is a major figure in the question of ecclesiology in Anglicanism, molded by his years in the Church of England's ecumenism office.

  • The Anglican Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism by John Stott and J. Alec Motyer - both are evangelical authors. Stott in particular is well-regarded. I think this book is important because it displays the Reformed dimension of our sacramentality.

    I hope this post did not give you a heart attack.
u/BoboBrizinski · 3 pointsr/Anglicanism

Okay... larger list:

So the 39 Articles sketch out a good view of baptism, justification, salvation, etc.

  • The Study of Anglicanism, especially Louis Weil's essay "The Gospel in Anglicanism".

  • The Anglican Spirit - Michael Ramsey

  • Works from this list. Good variety of patristic, early medieval, Reformation, and contemporary works (including The Anglican Spirit).

  • Not for Anglicans specifically, but Rowan Williams' short work Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer is really enlightening for its size. Likewise, his series of lectures on the Apostles' Creed, Tokens of Trust, is very good.

  • Didn't read this but this catechism centered around the Decalogue/Lord's Prayer/Apostles' Creed looks awesome. It's from the ACNA (if that matters to you) but reading the description it looks like they did a good job. (C'mon Episcopal Church, step up your game...)

u/sttseliot · 8 pointsr/Anglicanism

This is an excellent resource for seeing all the various iterations of the Book of Common Prayer and how it has changed, in such variegated ways, over Anglican history. My favorite BCPs are the 1929 Scottish, 1928 American, 1928 English Proposed, and the 1954 South African. There's some cool stuff in the Indian 1960 too.

Good old St Dearmer! Here's his history of the Book of Common Prayer.

Some podcasts I like: there's the Young Tractarians which definitely has a conservative Anglo-Catholic bent that talks extensively about the Prayer Book and what it is, so I'd recommend that. I'd also recommend understanding the BCP in the context in which it was written, namely the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. And finally, there's also these two special editions, one of the 1662 with an essay at the beginning from Penguin (you may be able to find this without having to buy 1662, but it's a gorgeous essay I would really recommend) and the Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer.

u/HeloisePommefume · 9 pointsr/Anglicanism

As a historian who studies Reformation England, I'd highly recommend the Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer for anyone wanting an introduction to the history behind the it. It's especially good at covering the reciprocal relationship between theology and society/culture/politics. It's a pretty hefty book, but it's broken up into chapters not only on specific eras, but ones on specific themes as well. So it's pretty easy to find your way around while covering a lot of information.

u/barbecuedporkribs · 7 pointsr/Anglicanism

All right, I guess I'll go first.

  • I use the Daily Office along with the D.O. Lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer 1979. I always do it alone. I live alone, and I don't attend Office services led by other people.

  • I try to keep my head in each season:

    • I let Sunday Eucharist services (with the Lectionary readings, sermons, and music) help keep me on the right track in that respect.

    • I also follow a lot of Episcopal clergy and lay folks on Facebook and Twitter, and what they post tends to be enriching.

    • I make an effort to keep my music seasonal, too. The Benedictines of Mary have albums out for Advent, Lent, Easter, and several other holy days; one of those CDs is always in my car.

  • I think of my practices as being both peculiarly Anglican as well as part of the holy catholic Church. The Daily Office owes a lot to Cranmer's adaptation of the Office already in use in early sixteenth-century England. It's like Offices in other Christian traditions, but it's also unique. But I try to avoid trying to focus on Anglican-ness above all else. I think that I'm often tempted to be an enthusiast of the Episcopal Church to excess, so I'm always striving inwardly to think of myself as a Christian primarily and not as an Episcopalian.

  • Saint Augustine's Prayer Book.

  • For "Etc.!" - I also love Marion Hatchett's Commentary on the American Prayer Book.
u/whiskythree · 6 pointsr/Anglicanism

Assuming based on post history you're looking for 1979 prayerbook resources, I use the settings in the 1982 hymnal for most of MP and EP, and this for chanting psalms.

Also, hidden in the organist edition of the hymnal (but not the pew edition) is plainchant settings for noonday and compline, which is very annoying to me. You can purchase them separately here, but they often go out of stock/the algorithm sends them to unreasonable prices.

edit: if you have more questions I'm happy to answer them :)

u/Agrona · 4 pointsr/Anglicanism

OP: I started with the linked material here; it's an excellent resource and served me for at least a year or two.

I recently got the Plainchant Psalter for Christmas and am in love with it.

u/primitive_thisness · 7 pointsr/Anglicanism

Here are a couple books to look at. Btw, NT Wright is an Anglican. And he's terrific if you haven't read him. Check out Surprised By Hope.

What Anglicans Believe in the Twenty-first Century (Continuum Icons)

Anglican Theology (Doing Theology)

The Study of Anglicanism

u/bryanglican · 5 pointsr/Anglicanism

I highly, highly recommend Derek Olsen's excellent book on this exact subject:

u/Hyperion1144 · 1 pointr/Anglicanism

It's hard to debate with someone who seems to auto-set themself to "Christ Against Culture" and then sets about condemning everyone else.

Like somehow, the character of Christ can be divined by grabbing a random slice of local pop culture, doing the opposite of that, and BAM! Instant Presence of Jesus!

Have you read Christ and Culture by, Niebuhr? It's this...

Christ and Culture (Torchbooks)

For the record, I'm Christ and Culture in Paradox. If you want understand that, I guess buy the book?

Christ Against Culture is hopeless... Simplistic, incomplete, and human-centered. I can't reasonably debate it, because it is inherently unreasonable.

Christ in Culture, I can kind of do...

Christ Transforming Culture, that's certainly part of it.

But you seem to be looking for which human culture is RIGHT. And the Paradox says NONE and never will be... Further, you cannot comprehend a Christ Centered Culture, and neither can I.

So knock off the competition between your church and mine... It's a fight between Tweedledee and Tweedledum. You're one, I'm the other.

Pick one.

Congratulations. You're wrong.

And so am I.

What do you have issue with in Episcopalianism anyway? The gays?

Jesus didn't talk about that and you know it.

u/kumachaaan · 4 pointsr/Anglicanism

Nice! I'm going to be reading Lent with the Desert Fathers this year. I'm really looking forward to it.

u/karmaisourfriend · 1 pointr/Anglicanism

I have an interesting book that you may want to read written by an Episcopal priest.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/Anglicanism

The Anglican Way by Thomas Mckenzie gives a good overview of what makes Anglicanism distinctive.

u/Kit1919 · 10 pointsr/Anglicanism

If you are an American, then I'd say Thomas McKenzie's Anglican Way. Certainly pushed me closer to Anglicanism.


u/Knopwood · 9 pointsr/Anglicanism

There is a book put out by Church Publishing called "Readings for the Daily Office from the Early Church", though I don't know if it's in print. And I have a copy of one of the two volumes of this English book which serves the same function.

The monastic house I'm associated with uses a reading from the Rule of S. Benedict at Compline.

u/scrutinizer80 · 19 pointsr/Anglicanism

There's "Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years" by Diarmaid MacCulloch.

u/KonradX · 3 pointsr/Anglicanism

I am partial to Alastair McGrath's Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution: A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First

Rev. McGrath, as an Anglican theologian of a more reformed persuasion, capably discusses Anglicanism and the broader protestant movement.

u/menschmaschine5 · 3 pointsr/Anglicanism

No, the problem is the link itself, not how it's displayed. You can remove everything after and it will still work (and not be caught by spam filters). In fact, all you really need is

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