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What to Wear? Part 2

What to Wear? Part 2

You may not believe, dear reader, that the core content of this post was planned well before the Church of England gained publicity for, at the meeting of its General Synod, debating what clergy are to wear at services. I wasn’t even aware this debate was coming! Prescience? Prophecy? The 1559 Book of Common Prayer… Continue Reading

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Rubrics and Grammar 2

Rubrics and Grammar 2

In the first post in this series, I proposed thinking of the rules of liturgy (the rubrics) more as being descriptive than prescriptive. I am following a model that sees liturgy (its actions, signs, gestures, and words) as being akin to language. Good language follows certain rules so that we are intelligible and communicate with… Continue Reading

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Let’s Get Rid Of Robes?

Let’s Get Rid Of Robes?

Other than who can love whom, there is nothing that gets Anglicans quite so riled up as Who is robed in what (see Vatican allows Anglican dress-up) Where they come in procession What titles they have Should you dare to wear a cope in procession while not being an archdeacon or a dean – you… Continue Reading

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Collaring clergy

Collaring clergy

The Church of England is debating its rules on clergy vesture. Much discussion has followed from the Mail Online article. Note the motivation: “Rules requiring the clergy to don traditional vestments are set to be swept aside as part of a ‘makeover’ designed to make services more relevant to modern congregations.” Read my lips: Absolute… Continue Reading

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Playing Mass

Playing Mass

Cute? Weird? For me, if there is a weird bit to this it is less that his parents have a chasuble and mass set for this three year old boy’s birthday present; it is more that this child will not be allowed to receive communion in his church for about another four years!!! Many advocate… Continue Reading

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Sydney’s Common Prayer

Sydney Anglicanism would describe itself as conservative evangelical. It is often a place that points where others who so describe themselves are looking. Sydney’s diocesan synod recently opposed adoption of the “Anglican Covenant”. Liturgically it continues fighting nineteenth-century style battles putting energy where most have even forgotten that there was once controversy. Priests “ministers” are… Continue Reading

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Should deacons dress up as priests?

Should deacons dress up as priests?

I opened the most recent Anglican Taonga, the official magazine of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. The first article was dominated by a photo of what looked to me to be a priest with the stole crooked. The photo was large and clear (13x18cm; 5x7inch). My first thought was, couldn’t someone… Continue Reading

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