All Souls, in Morning Fog

At dawn a clammy silence wraps the ridge. Before he makes his tea, the hermit hikes Through grounded cloud to the summit, the very edge Of the world. Before him, nothing. The hidden creek’s Wind-noise speaks to him from the rising whiteness. A hawk skirls and hangs where the sky clears. Morning leans through the…

Novel Teaching

LETTER XXV. From the Spiritual Letters of Edward Bouverie Pusey August 30 [1879]. I am truly sorry for the unwisdom which you tell me of. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin originally meant the taking of her soul into heaven. I forget when it began to be taught that the body too was taken. Some…

The Moderator

in a time of intemperate speech Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:27 The speakers meet, shake hands, ready to debate The issues of the day before tense groups Of partisans the moderator calms With calls for quiet, respect, and courtesy. Each…

Mordecai

By accident or fate I said the words That saved the king from poison unto death. Despite his trust I maintained shibboleths. The son of Jail, I’m not afraid of birds. The judge caught me at prayer before the feasts And longed to see me eaten by shabhaz. He ruled all servants and gentlemen must…

Hymnal Review: The Book of Common Praise (2017)

The ACNA has no province-wide plan for creating a new hymnal. This is unfortunate, but it makes sense – different congregations have their favorite hymnals (often the 1940 or the 1982), and the growing preference for contemporary praise music is not especially conducive to printing standard book considering the majority of it is released as…

What is an “Evangelical?” Part 2

This is the second half of an essay by Drew Keane discussing the meaning of the word “Evangelical.” You can find part 1 here. Are you an evangelical? Posed with this question, some Anglicans will reply with a smile, “yes, of course!” while other Anglicans will frown “certainly not! Some Anglicans see it as a…

On a Photograph of John Martin Finlay

And on the second Sunday of every month, a mass is celebrated for the souls of departed poets. John Finlay (Paris Diary: Dec. 24, 1973) With hands thrust deep in pockets, collar high Upon your neck, and head turned slightly left, You seek the muse, as poets often do, Where land and sea and sky…

Tract II (Part 1): When Did Anglicanism Begin?

Tracts for the Times 2.0 In my first Tracts for the Times 2.0, I provided a nuanced definition of Anglicanism that I hope will provide an anchor and encouragement in these fractured and fractious times. A definition of Anglicanism was the place to begin because in times of confusion, contestation, and fragmentation, issues of identity…

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