The History of the Lent Collects
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by Peter Johnston
3d ago
The theme of the Lent collects is human sinfulness and our need for God. We “acknowledge our wretchedness.” We are “tempted,” and our resistance is “weak.” We have “no power in ourselves to help ourselves.” We have “disordered affections” and “unruly wills.” And so, what we need above all is “new and contrite hearts,” for [...] The post The History of the Lent Collects appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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Today in the Spirit: Lent 2B
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by Geoff Little
6d ago
Lent is a season of self-examination and allowing God to speak honestly into our hearts about the quality of our discipleship, corporate and individual. With the readings assigned for this particular Sunday, Lent 2B, we could assign the title for the week, “Even unto Death.” The theme of death and dying appears in every selection. [...] The post Today in the Spirit: Lent 2B appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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Jump Back, Satan: The Spiritual Tune-Up of Lent
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by Galen Yorba-Gray
1w ago
Lent is Like a Necessary Tune-Up Lent gets my attention. It is kind of a tune-up, and just like my car, I require this kind of fine-tuning at least once a year. Spanish reveals the very worthwhile pun of “auto examinación,” (“auto” referring to the self”) or “self-examination,” and signals the forty days of Lent. [...] The post Jump Back, Satan: The Spiritual Tune-Up of Lent appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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GR8R LUV: When Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday
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by Peter Johnston
1w ago
This year, we have the peculiar concurrence of Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, which resulted in a repartee between my wife and me. “Valentine’s Day should trump Ash Wednesday,” she declares and earnestly believes. She plans to prepare a festive dinner for the occasion in celebration of love. However, I will lead the 6:00 p.m. [...] The post GR8R LUV: When Valentine’s Day is Ash Wednesday appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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The Liturgical Home: Ash Wednesday
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by Ashley Tumlin Wallace
1w ago
The following is adapted from Ashley Tumlin Wallace’s new book with Anglican Compass, The Liturgical Home: Lent, available in paperback and Kindle editions, exclusively through Amazon. As Christians, we believe that the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is the most important thing to ever happen to us (or to the world, for [...] The post The Liturgical Home: Ash Wednesday appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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Today in the Spirit: Lent 1B
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by Geoff Little
1w ago
We transition now to a season of forty days (not including Sundays) of walking with Jesus through the trials of his earthly ministry right up to the cross. In Lent, we observe from the Gospels and other parts of Scripture what the Son of God in the flesh endures on our behalf, how he handles [...] The post Today in the Spirit: Lent 1B appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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10 Ways to Preach on Ash Wednesday
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by David Roseberry
2w ago
In David Roseberry’s ongoing series of posts on 10 Ways to Preach Liturgical Events, we come to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. If a congregation gathers to observe Ash Wednesday, it will likely include these dramatic liturgical moments: a silent procession or entry, an official invitation to the observance of Lent, [...] The post 10 Ways to Preach on Ash Wednesday appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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The Collect For Purity: A Rookie Anglican Guide
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by Peter Johnston
2w ago
The Collect for Purity is one of the gems of Anglican liturgy. It is a prayer both appealing at first glance and also one that invites a depth of reflection: on preparing the heart for worship, on the Trinity, and on the Catholic and Reformed aspects of Anglicanism. It is good we have so much [...] The post The Collect For Purity: A Rookie Anglican Guide appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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Today in the Spirit: The Last Sunday of Epiphany B (Transfiguration)
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by Geoff Little
2w ago
On the Last Sunday of Epiphany each year, we contemplate the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. In this season of celebrating the power of God the Father to reveal the glory of the Son in the world, the various accounts of the Transfiguration in the Gospels form a bookend for the worshiper with those of the [...] The post Today in the Spirit: The Last Sunday of Epiphany B (Transfiguration) appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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The Liturgical Home: The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas)
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by Ashley Tumlin Wallace
3w ago
The final feast day in the season of Epiphany is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. The Church also calls it the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Candlemas. This feast lands on February 2nd, falling exactly 40 days after Christmas. It wraps up [...] The post The Liturgical Home: The Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) appeared first on Anglican Compass ..read more
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