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John Donne on the Ascension 

The English poet & preacher John Donne was born into a Roman Catholic family in 1572; and though his family at times suffered for it, especially after Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pius V in 1570, Donne eventually conformed to the Church of England. Though well-educated at Oxford, Donne led a rather dissolute youth that brought him to poverty. Donne much preferred the life of an Elizabethan courtier-poet, but King James I basically compelled him to take holy orders in 1615; and he received a doctorate in divinity the same year................

Easter: The Christian Passover

In the sixteenth century, the doctrine of the Church of England was presented in the form of two books of homilies or sermons dealing with several topics, or certain high holy days. The first was issued in 1547 under King Edward VI; the second under Elizabeth I in 1563 and, in final form, in 1571. The following is the conclusion of Homily XIV of The Second Book of Homilies, “Of the Resurrection for Easter Day,” written by John Jewell, Bishop of Salisbury, author of the Apology of the Church of England..........

Church Catechism IX: God the Father

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in God the Father….
 There is some confusion, and indeed distortion, in terms of our understanding of God as Father. Over the centuries, there are those who have suggested that all that is really required of man is to affirm the first article of the Creed: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” After all, is not the Creator of all also the Father of all? Certainly the Scriptures do affirm that our Creator is our Father..........

Heroes of the Faith: Justin Martyr & the Resurrection

Though born in Judea around 100AD, Justin was a pagan or gentile, whose family had settled in Nablus (Flavia Neapolis), one of many gentile settlements established in Palestine after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD. The young Justin studied the ancient pagan philosophers, but was unsatisfied with their view of man and the world. After an encounter with an old Syrian Christian who presented Jesus Christ, foretold by the Hebrew prophets, as the answer to the questions explored but left unanswered by the philosophers, Justin became a Christian. He donned the habit of a philosopher and became an apologist for the Christian faith. An apologist is one who makes the case.........

The Most Reverend Archbishop John-Charles Vockler, FODC

July 22, 1924—February 6, 2014
The former Archbishop of New Orleans and Metropolitan of the Original Province of the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC), Brother John-Charles Vockler, passed away at home in his native Australia on the Feast of St Titus, February 6, 2014. Consecrated as Bishop of Polynesia in the Anglican Church in Australia in 1963, he later professed as a member of the Anglican Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion (FODC). Brother John-Charles was received into the ACC in 1994. The future Archbishop visited Akron for a week in Lent (March) 1995;..................

The Church Catechism VIII: God

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. Answer. I believe in God….
The Anglo-Saxon/English word God derives from the proto-Germanic word gudan, which in turn derives from the Indo-European word goutom. It has been translated literally either as “one to whom sacrifice is made” or “one who is invoked.” When capitalized the modern English word God is defined in the dictionary as: “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.” In the popular mind, the basic distinction is made between those who believe in God so defined and those who do not, who are now commonly called “atheists.”......

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Valentine the Martyr

Like St Nicholas of Myra & St Patrick of Armagh, St Valentine, or at least his name, has become part of modern popular culture. The calendar of the Church of England found in the traditional Book of Common Prayer (1662) commemorates Valentine as a bishop & martyr; that is, as one who died at the hands of unbelievers for confessing his/her faith in Jesus Christ. Anglican, Roman & Lutheran churches celebrate this feast on February 14th, the traditional date of his martyrdom. This is also the date of the pagan feast of Lupercalia, associated with fertility & sexuality, which some suggest is the reason Valentine came to be associated with the courtly love........

The Church Catechism VII: The Articles of Faith

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. Answer. I believe….
Among the requirements placed upon those presented to the bishop for confirmation is the ability to recite the articles of the Christian Faith contained in the Apostles’ Creed. The Creed is a summation of our faith in the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Though the articles of belief contained in the Apostles’ Creed are supported by the writings of the New Testament, the formula itself is not of apostolic origin. However, the creed does rest ultimately on Christ’s Great Commission: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,......

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Timothy, Bishop & Martyr

The Book of Common Prayer celebrates the Conversion of Paul the Apostle on January 27th as a “red letter day,” with a Collect, Epistle, & Gospel appointed for Holy Communion on that day. It is fitting that traditional Anglican Calendars, such as is found in the 1662 English Prayer Book, include a lesser or “black letter day” for St Timothy on the previous day, January 26th. St Paul had a number of fellow-laborers in the service of the Gospel, including, Saints Barnabas, John Mark, Silas, & Titus. But the Apostle’s association with Timothy seems to have been the closest in personal terms. (2 Timothy 1:3-4; Philippians 2:19-20...........

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

Though the connection is now very remote, the fictional character Santa Claus has its roots in the life of a saint of Christ’s Church celebrated on December 6th. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) in the 4th century, is said to have cast three bags of gold into window of a poor family’s house with three young daughters to provide them dowries on the night before they came of marriageable age, that they might be able to marry and avoid a life of prostitution (marriage, prostitution, or starvation being only choices available to poor women in that society). According to one variant of the legend, after two of his daughters received ............

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