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THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD: The Fulfilling of All Righteousness

The Sunday after Epiphany is the feast day for the celebration of the baptism of Jesus Christ. From the Gospel of St. Matthew 3:13 we read: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.”  But have you ever wondered why?  Why did Jesus, who was without sin, consent to be baptized in like manner with others who were repenting for their sins?  In fact St. John the Baptist

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WHY EPIPHANY?: Why Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh?

You will recall that in a previous Insight Into Liturgy it was observed that the Liturgical Calendar is shaped by the events in the life of Christ, and that setting the date for the celebration of Easter sets the unfolding of all the various Liturgical Seasons in motion. We are now in the Season of Epiphany, so what are the singular events in Christ’s life we now focus on and celebrate? The following are principal

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THE HOLY FAMILY: A Family Centered in Faith

The events of Christ’s early life, as detailed in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke, namely his circumcision, Presentation in the Temple, the Flight into Egypt, the return to Nazareth, and the Finding in the Temple are all we know from Scripture about Jesus’ early family life. As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on this Sunday after Christmas Day, it is worth our effort to delve into how the Holy

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CHRISTMAS: Why the 25th of December?

The liturgical history of the celebration Christ’s birth, Christmas, on December 25th is captivating from a variety of viewpoints. There are various sources cited for its celebration on this date; some pagan in origin, some scriptural/historical, some prophetic. Nevertheless in meaningful and important ways these efforts by the Early Church to fix a date for Christ’s birth can enrich our appreciation for God’s plan of redemption and salvation through his son, our Lord and Savior,

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THE LITURGY OF THE WORD AND THE SEASON OF CHRISTMAS

In previous Insights Into Liturgy, we’ve delved into the Lectionary and the Liturgical Calendar and how they work in harmony as we plumb the depths of Holy Scripture on a three cycle that is shaped by the life of Christ and set in motion by the setting of the date for Easter. The Season of Christmas is particular enriched by the scriptural sources that encompass the celebration of Christ’s Nativity, his Incarnation. The following are

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GAUDETE (ROSE) SUNDAY: “Rejoice in the Lord Always”

There are events that occur year-after year on the liturgical calendar that might seem to be a sort of curiosity causing one to ask: “How did that ever come about?” Gaudete Sunday, more familiarly referred to as Rose Sunday, perhaps qualifies as one such occasion, celebrated as it is on the third Sunday in Advent. And it has a cousin, if not a twin, in the season of Lent, the fourth Sunday known as Laetare.

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ANGLICAN MUSIC TRADITION: A Treasury of Our Spiritual Heritage

The antecedents to our Anglican/Episcopal worship music heritage are fairly easy to identity. We begin quite naturally with Holy Scripture, for there are 63 references to music in the Bible. For example, from the Psalms we have: “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98:4). And another: “Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre, sing praises to Him with a harp of ten

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CHRIST THE KING: “…and put all things under his feet…”

The Feast of Christ the King concludes the liturgical season of the year known as Ordinary Time; the time stretching from Pentecost to the season of Advent; our season of hope and expectation for Christ’s coming again. The celebration of Christ’s lordship exalted by God to rule over all…not just the whole universe but our hearts as well…looks back both to Ascension, Easter, Transfiguration and ahead to Christmas. Christ himself spoke of this kingship, this

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THE EPICLESIS: “Calling Down from On High”

In a recent Insight Into Liturgy concerning the Liturgical Movement various components of the Liturgy of the Eucharist were identified, and reference was made that some would be revisited in subsequent Insights. This one, then, is part of that effort and it pertains to the Epiclesis. At their essence the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are a love story. It is a dramatic rendering in two acts of God’s love

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EVANGELICAL: The Good News of Jesus Christ

The spurious use of the word Evangelical by political factions and the media has, over the past several decades, resulted in the distortion and perhaps loss of a vital dimension of our Anglican/Episcopal spiritual heritage. No less a person in the Anglican Communion than the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is a self-proclaimed evangelical; and he represents a tradition that extends over several hundred years. If you visit the extremely helpful on-line resource of the

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