If you have been in a church with a well-trained choir, especially on Easter and Christmas, you have likely experienced an incredibly powerful moment in the last verse of a hymn that straight up gave you the chills! That would be the descant, and I think it is one of the best parts of the English choral… Read More The Descant: Stirring Up Souls In Worship For Over 400 Years.
From the earliest days of Christianity, believers began their ceremonial gatherings with processions. Like many traditions in Church, they were adopted from Roman civic and military custom and “sanctified” to the glory of God and the use in Church worship. For example, modern Church banner bearers harken back to the Roman standard bearers (bearing the… Read More 8 Liturgical Procession Diagrams
In 1998 we moved to Orlando, Florida in order for me to serve as a Canon to the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. One of the things I fell in love with after arriving in Central Florida was fresh squeezed orange juice and so I made it as often as I could. When we bought a… Read More Faith Like An Orange Tree?
The early Church was building-less, an attribute that is becoming more familiar in the modern Church in the West and has long been a reality in places where Christians are still persecuted. The view of the modern Church is often tied buildings, often leading to the checking of faith and evangelism in the narthex on the… Read More The Building-less Early Church
Last week, I was talking to my daughter on the phone. As she was entering home, she heard the melodic sound of a piano. It was being played by a man who had finished tuning a piano she and her husband had purchased awhile back. She was very pleased to hear the music wafting up the… Read More Lent Is For Re-tuning The Piano Of Our Hearts.
The collect for the Third Sunday in Lent asks the Lord to quickly come and protect, both physically and spiritually, from the works of Satan. In Lent we remember Christ’s wonderings in the desert and His temptation to sin. Christ, God the Son, has total and perfect power over the Devil, thus did not give into… Read More Collect: Third Sunday In Lent
This week’s collect stems from Gallicanum (from Gaul), Gelasian (relating to Pope Gelasius), and Gregorian (10th century, but misattributed to Pope Gregory the Great) liturgical books as prayers for those who were heretics and schismatics to be brought to repentance and come back into the historic faith of the church. It is now used in the… Read More Collect: Second Sunday In Lent