Ever wonder what’s behind all the rituals in the Anglican church?
Fr. Jürgen Liias, former rector at Christ the Redeemer church in Danvers, MA and currently serving as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE), has provided a wonderful series of articles explaining the spiritual and theological meaning behind the liturgy of the Anglican church. Please take some time to read through his brief articles.
Fr. Liias focuses on 5 aspects of Anglican worship.
First, he explains why churches emphasize the sacred in their sanctuaries, since they serve as the Holy Temple and dwelling place of the Lord.
Second, he shows why Anglicans are always bowing–since they desire to show God his due respect.
Third, he discusses the Breaking of the Bread or the Fraction during the Eucharistic rite, the moment when the Body of Christ is broken by the priest over the communion altar.
Fourth, he describes why Anglicans are always participating in either a fast or a feast, explaining the importance of the liturgical calendar and the fast and feast tradition in the church.
Finally, Fr. Liias presents us with a wonderful description of the nature and importance of the Stations of the Cross.
Fr. Liias’ contribution to the Spring edition of the Center for Theology is a helpful introduction to the tradition of worship in the Anglican church. Please take some time introduce (or remind!) yourself to the Anglican way.