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Prayer Book Anglican/Episcopalian

After vacation, after much conversation, after discussion of the expression of a new and unique kind of narrative, after continuing to watch the sickness of this Church and the unwillingness of the patient to recognize its need for medicine or even a need of healing, after seeing the Congregationalist chaos that has overwhelmed this Church - a rejection of the disciplined, Prayer Book tradition - I come to this conclusion:

We all need to be called back to the Prayer Book! We need to simply be "Prayer Book Anglicans" - whether Evangelical or Catholic or anywhere in between. We need to come together again in Common worship - province to province, diocese to diocese, parish to parish, individual to individual. Along with Canterbury, this is a defining mark of an Anglican. We are losing it.

No more violation of Ordination Vows by bishops and priests that ignore the Canons and the Rubrics. How in the world am I to have any respect for bishops that knowingly, willingly, and boastfully violate the Canons and the doctrine of this Church for their own notion of how things things should be done? Why should I obey such bishops, when their example is to blatantly disobey? Not good examples. "Local option" is great for Protestant Congregationalists, but is problematic for those claiming to be part of the Universal Church. (There is a difference in making pastoral provisions from time-to-time and in making pastoral provision the norm!)

We used to be a Church governed by law where we could propose, consistently and thoroughly vet, argue about, and then decide to make or not to make changes (however imperfectly it worked at times). We used to have a loyal opposition that would argue its case, but if it didn't win it remained and continued arguing - we all worshiped together, in common prayer, using the Prayer Book. We've moved too far from this Episcopal model because of the assertion of Identity-Politics and misplaced ideas of hyper-individualism and justice - and most likely lots of other stuff that I am unaware of. Now, we assert our individual - individual - rights without regard for the common good, law, process, discipline... This is chaos. This is what is making our Church so sick.

I want to yell loudly - "Be Prayer Book Anglicans!" Be Prayer Book Evangelicals! Be Prayer Book Catholics! Even be Prayer Book Progressives! How many parishes actually use the Prayer Book as it was intended without looking for loopholes in order to do their own eccentric thing? Do priests with such limited understanding, considering the vast amount of information there is to have, believe they know better than the 2,000 years of lived experience of Christians throughout the world? In our American hubris, yes we do.

Those of us on vacation, after a lot of discussion, well, what I got from it is the need to be a "Voice for the Voiceless." This time, the voiceless are those who advocate equality under law (abiding by Canons and rubrics), who advocate our catholicity and the need to be concerned with the whole Church and not just this little province (despite how much money we have right now, though quickly dwindling), and for those who wish to be Prayer Book Episcopalians! This isn't about issues of conservatism, liberalism, Evangelicalism, Anglo-Catholicism, homosexuality or the like - but how we conduct ourselves. Frankly, it is orthopraxis. Its about Lex orandi, lex credendi. It is the Prayer Book.

NOTE: Since this Web space is primarily a place for me to dump thoughts and to keep track of things, I'm not being particular about grammar and spelling. I realize this will effect how some people will respond to me and to my thoughts. Feel free to point out mistakes! If this drives you nuts, sorry.

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