John Wesley on Common Prayer

“I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of a solid, scriptural, rational piety than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”

~ John Wesley: founder of Methodism, and a Presbyter (Priest) in the Church of England

John Wesley

As someone who was born, baptized, and raised in the Methodist tradition of Christianity, with a grandfather – the Rev. Dr. Carl W. Reamer, pictured below – who was not only an ordained Methodist minister but the only member of our family thus far to earn a doctorate (Doctor of Theology, from Rutgers University), this quote means a lot to me!


I have always felt – and argued, with parents who were none too keen on the idea, initially – that my embrace of the classical Anglican tradition was not so much a “conversion” as it was a completion: a return to what John Wesley had envisioned all along! I like to think, and hope, that Granddad Reamer would have agreed.


Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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