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[Answer from high-church Anglican/Catholic perspective.] The deacon is not censed — or should not be censed — at the reading of the gospel. The thurifer should hand the thurible to the deacon, who censes the book. The thurifer generally remains while the gospel is read, and indeed the gospel may end up proclaimed from within the cloud. Incense ...


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I think there are two basic answers to your question. The first, and simple answer is: Many Protestant churches do not allow divorce. Some congregations deny membership rights to people who are divorced. The more direct, and also more complex, answer to your question is: Many protestant churches permit divorce because there is simply nothing they can ...


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The Sovereign is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The Head of the Church is Christ, not the Sovereign. Although the Act of Supremacy of 1534 gave Henry VIII the style "supreme head of the Church of England", doubts were expressed about it and when the Act was reaffirmed by a similar Act in 1559 (having been repealed by Queen Mary I in 1555) ...


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As Matthew 19:18 states, Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. Jesus is clearly pointing out that divorce is, in fact, legal. It is bad, but it is permissible. To turn it into an iron-clad law is then much like laws concerning the Sabbath - Jesus values the ...


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In 2006, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirmed its support for the theory of evolution, resolving by Resolution 2006-A129: That God is Creator, in accordance with the witness of Scripture and the ancient Creeds of the Church; and That the theory of evolution provides a fruitful and unifying scientific explanation for the ...


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The name 'devotionals' is actually fairly common, not just among high-church Christians. I've heard it used by Baptists, Mennonites, Anglicans of different persuasions and all sorts of people. There's nothing special about the name. "Our Daily Bread" describes itself as a 'daily devotional' and is certainly not 'high church'. The same applies to devotionals ...


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There were many people involved in the formation of the Anglican church, and they had different purposes for it. The most prominent initial issue was of course Henry VIII's desire to get a divorce. But equally significant was the authority of Rome in England: Henry passed laws prohibiting legal appeals to Rome, and removing the church's authority to make ...


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Prior to Christ, a priest was needed to help make sacrifice to receive forgiveness: Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. - Leviticus 4:20 ESV The reason that Protestants don't consider confession a sacrament ...


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The 39 Articles are the foundational document of Anglicanism (though not all Anglicans accept them now). The major points of difference with Catholicism which are explained in the Articles are: Anglicanism does not accept the books of the Apocrypha as inspired. (Article 6) Anglicanism says that our righteousness before God is based only on the merit of ...


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This comes under Canon B15A. The only essential prerequisite is baptism. Other than that: If you're a member of the C of E, you should be confirmed (or at least want to be confirmed) to take communion. Any baptised person who can take communion in their own church can take communion in the C of E. (Assuming their own church believes in the Trinity.) If ...


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According to its wikipedia article, the Anglican publication 'Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England' was launched in the year 2000 and was a successor to the Alternative Service Book (ASB) of 1980, which was an authorized alternative to the Book of Common Prayer of 1662. The form of the wedding service in the first trial use volume ...


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There are up to 5 steps to Appointing the Archbishop in the Sydney diocess: Stage 1 - Nominations Stage 2 - Select List Stage 3 - Final List Stage 4 - Final Choice of a Nominee Stage 5 - Offer, Acceptance, Declaration of Election etc To be nominated (stage 1) 2 people from Synod must nominate a duly qualified person via a nomination form before synod ...


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Just in case you were wondering, the Archbishop of Sydney is not the chief clergyman of the Anglican Church of Australia. That is Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane. Also, methods of appointing bishops differ very much within the Anglican church. Typically they are elected by a synod. In the Church of England they are nominally appointed by the ...


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Funny you should ask. I was ordained in the Baptist church, but I've really come to believe that I personally needed to Bette connected to an ancient church, so within the last month, I have begun that process. Here in the Diocese of Virginia (TEC), ordination candidates with an M. Div. are required to take approx. 1 years addtl training before being ...


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At this point nothing is really very certain, but many sources (Anglican and external) cite John Sentamu (Archbishop of (/"for") York) as the most likely candidate, who is Ugandan by origin (so no, not restricted to "English English", although he is a British Commonwealth citizen). Re approach - Dr. Williams has been working tirelessly as a conciliatory ...


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The same way that the Catholics do. Anglicans consider themselves catholic and reformed. The Anglican church was the Catholic Church in England until the reformation when they stopped recognizing the authority of the Pope. "The roots of the Church of England go back to the time of the Roman Empire when Christianity entered the Roman province of ...


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Anglican would, for the most part, not disagree with the assessment given by the Catholic church in the linked questions. Islamic teaching - specifically the teaching of Muhammed in the Quran - is explicitly and intentionally contradictory with Christian teaching and Christian scriptures. It would be hard to make the case of Muhammad being a 'true prophet of ...


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Anglican Churches and Episcopal churches are almost all members of the Anglican Communion, a group of churches all associated with the Church of England. As such they all subscribe to a similar theology - e.g. the historic creeds, ordained minsters overseen by bishops, infant baptism, liturgy, sacraments. You can read more details at the Anglican Communion ...


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Aquinas taught transubstantiation -- the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: Some men accordingly, not paying heed to these things, have contended that Christ's body and blood are not in this sacrament except as in a sign, a thing to be rejected as heretical, since it is contrary to Christ's words... He is invisibly under the species of this ...


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After discussing this with our rector, I discovered that the key bone of contention is Section 4, the enforcement mechanism (or lack thereof) that holds the Anglican Communion together. The subtext of disagreement, of course, is the subject of the authority of the Scripture in Anglican life. Probably the most visible manifestation of this debate is the ...


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I believe that it will be final. Until the heads of diocese who voted in the negative die, or leave their leadership positions, as well as a compelling case being made for it, the Church of England simply has no reason to join. It gives other churches power within the Anglican Church that there's no reason to relinquish. As I see it, the accord will simply ...


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Yes, Anglicans do have deacons, and while there are people who perform the tasks of some of the minor orders, particularly acolyte, and lector, and while they often have some training in the role they serve, they are not officially sanctioned "minor orders" in the sense of being provided for in canon law. The only official orders in the Anglican church ...


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I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking voice, at normal volume, from the lectern in a large, "traditionally" furnished Episcopal church, and had my friend move back in the nave as I was speaking until ...


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This is similar to a perennial question raised on a couple of Email lists devoted to Anglican and Catholic church music to which I subscribe, and ultimately comes down to the definition of "sacred music". In the email lists, it was found impossible to agree on a rigorous definition, but it was generally agreed that we could identify it when we heard it. One ...


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Why? Because the Episcopal Church (in the United States) is governed by a legislative body and a constitution. It is a democracy. You can blame the founding fathers and the American revolution, probably. Though not written by the same people as the U.S. Constitution (as is commonly held) the men who first wrote the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal ...


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Granmirupa, in fact you are wrong. There remain considerable differences between most who consider themselves "Anglo-catholic" and those who self identify as Catholic, other than whether the Archbishop of Canterbury, or the Bishop of Rome exercises authority over the church. One of the differences between [Roman] Catholics and Anglo-catholics is that it's ...


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All of these answers respond to your question well, using scripture. But because there is no reference to Protestantism in the NT, and because Catholics would take something different from scripture, I'd like to include the history of where the change took place between the Catholic church seeing seven sacraments (including confession) and Protestants not ...


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I'm an Anglican vicar. While studying at theological college, every year there was an open event for former students. And every year, you could tell how long they'd been in the wild fairly accurately by whether they had "the voice." Where does it come from? I can think of three plausible reasons. First, lots of big churches have small congregations, who ...


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Most(?) Anglican churches probably run confirmation classes. If anyone had solid reasons to not want to be confirmed those reasons would arise during the classes, so if they changed their mind right before the confirmation itself then that would be an impulsive decision, so I don't think there's much point looking for any regularities about that. What about ...


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Canon 1, section 17 of the Canon law of the Episcopal Church states, No unbaptized person shall be eligible to receive Holy Communion in this Church. This restricts reception of Holy Communion to Christians only. Actual practices differ some between Episcopal parishes, with respect to further restrictions on who can receive. I know of parishes where ...



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