Formulary Friday: the Black Rubric
Posted by Mark Smith, 24 Apr 2015
This week, Mark Smith considers perhaps the most infamous rubric in the Prayer Book.
Tucked away at the end of the BCP Communion service is a fascinating text, which runs as follows:
Whereas it is ordained in this office for the Administration of the Lord’s Supper, that the Communicants should receive the same kneeling; (which order is well meant, for a signification of our humble and grateful acknowledgement of the benefits of Christ therein given to all worthy Receivers, and for the avoiding of such profanation and disorder in the holy Communion, as might otherwise ensue;) yet, lest the same kneeling should by any persons, either out of ignorance and infirmity, or out of malice and obstinacy, be misconstrued and depraved: It is here declared, that thereby no Adoration is intended, or ought to be done, either unto the Sacramental Bread or Wine there bodily received, or unto any Corporal Presence of Christ’s natural Flesh and Blood. For the Sacramental Bread and Wine remain still in their very natural substances, and therefore may not be adored; (for that were Idolatry, to be abhorred of all faithful Christians;) and the natural Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ are in Heaven, and not here; it being against the truth of Christ’s natural Body to be at one time in more places than one.
Theology Thursday: Refining the Reformers
Posted by Kirsty Birkett, 16 Apr 2015
Just what is Anglican ecclesiology? Is the Church of England actually a church, in biblical terms? Just what do we mean, as Reformed Anglicans, by terms such as church, congregation, visible, invisible, or universal? It is not just a matter of terminology – the status we give the denomination also impinges upon what we think of bishops and their authority, and who is thereby entitled to be a bishop, as well as the process by which official doctrine should be determined, not to mention what should happen with our money.
Melvin Tinker discusses Anglican ecclesiology in his article ‘Refining the Reformers’. This article is in response to a previous one (‘The Anglican Understanding of Church’, Churchman 115/3, 2001), and should probably be read in conjunction with it. Both articles are written conscious of the context of Australian discussions of what church is, since the ‘Knox-Robinson’ thesis was developed, bringing to prominence the biblical usage of ekklesia as primarily a local gathering.
Word on Wednesday: Which way should I vote?
Posted by Sophia Akouo , 15 Apr 2015
Mike Smith from the Church Society parish in Hartford, Cheshire, addresses a very topical issue.
Unless you have been asleep for the last little while, you cannot fail to have noticed that there is a General Election campaign on.
Which way should we as Christians vote in the Election on May 7th?