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ANAMNESIS AND OBLATION: Portals to Stewardship

In a recent Insight Into Liturgy concerning the Liturgical Movement a comparison was made between the eucharistic prayers found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and one written nearly two thousand years ago by Hippolytus of Rome, and their similarities were emphasized. One component of those rites or prayers is that of Anamnesis and Oblation. The Anamnesis is that part of the liturgy wherein the saving acts of our Lord, Jesus Christ, are recalled;


THE LITURGICAL MOVEMENT: Past and Present as One

First, what is liturgy? From the Greek it literally means work for the people; or better yet public work or public service. Obviously we also define it more specifically as divine worship, the proclamation of the Gospel. As Christians our liturgical and sacramental history can be traced to Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River; and, of course, the Last Supper when he instituted his perpetual sacramental presence for us in the bread and wine as

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As part of the rector search process St. Mary’s must produce two critical documents: the well-known Parish Profile and the lesser known Parish Portfolio. The latter is essential a vocational document whereby in answering eleven topical questions a parish describes itself in terms of worship, ministry and mission, administration, demographics, etc., it is not unlike the Parish Profile in many respects. However, priests use their clerical-vocational version of the Portfolio, with basically the same set

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ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: A Humble Life Lived Fully in the Spirit

October 4th is the Anglican/Episcopal feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, and while there is a vast amount of popular information and familiarity about his affection for animals and his evangelical poverty, there is great deal more to know about this saint and his contributions to our spiritual heritage. For example, few are aware that at the time of the Fifth Crusade he traveled to Egypt to meet with Pharaoh to, hopefully, bring about


THE PROPERS, PART I: Scaffolds to the Liturgy

The Propers is a vast subject, not easily encompassed in one Insight Into Liturgy. They trace their origin to the early centuries of the Church, indeed their antecedents spring from the synagogue worship of the Jews. Perhaps, in a metaphorical way, it could be said they are like the scaffolding used in the construction of a building, both the exterior and interior. One significant dimension of the Propers is to scripturally identify the readings for


THE FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS: A Hidden Gem of the Liturgical Calendar

From the Gospel according to St. John (12:32) we read: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” This prophetic passage spoken by Jesus refers, of course, to his forthcoming crucifixion and death on the Cross. September 14th is the annual date for Feast of the Holy Cross; also referred to as the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”; and it is a hidden gem on our liturgical

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THE PROPERS, PART II: Scaffolds and Building Blocks for the Liturgy

In the previous Insight Into Liturgy we observed that the Propers are intrinsic to who we are as Christians, and perhaps more so as Anglicans/Episcopalians because of how they structure our liturgy, how we use them to tap into the enormous spiritual heritage of our faith, how they give life and meaning to the way we worship God. And metaphorically we referred to them as scaffolds for our liturgy, building as it were the edifice


MORNING PRAYER: A Source of Spiritual Enrichment

On Sunday September 13th, at both the 8:00am and 10:00am services, the liturgy will be that of Morning Prayer; with the Liturgy of the Eucharist following at the 10:00am service. Deacon Gilmore will be the officiant for Morning Prayer at both services; and Mother Parini will be the celebrant at the 10:00am Eucharist. This combined arrangement of Morning Prayer and the Eucharist is not new but was the manner by which many Episcopal parishes worshipped



MUSIC IN THE EARLY CHURCH: Sing a New Song by David Bergquist In Ephesians Chapter 5 St. Paul writes: “…but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts…”. As in the many ways our Liturgy of today is indebted to the Early Church, the singing and hymnody (the singing or the composition of hymns or religious songs)

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SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN: Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ August 15th marks the Episcopal Church’s observance of the feast of Saint Mary the Virgin: Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ; though in this case it is transferred to the nearest Sunday, which is August 16th. And since we, St. Mary’s Parish, of Bonita Springs, FL are named for St. Mary, this is also the patronal celebration of our parish’s patron saint. In other words,

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