The Need for Common Prayer and Family Oratories

“Families are traditionally the base unit and structure of the Christian church as they are the church-within-a-church and the first unit of individual cells gathered together. Therefore, it is crucial that family prayer not only occur, but also catechism occur so that the children in families understand what their faith means and believes. Only by being shaped by the waves of daily prayer and catechism can one’s mind be transformed so that their lives conform to the love that only the Spirit produces over and against the carnal self we are all born into.”

Source: The Need for Common Prayer and Family Oratories

I would only add one quibble: while it is true that, as Anglicans, “our common worship is a broad orthodoxy that bridges the divide between Lutherans and Reformed bodies,” that is only part of the equation: we are also a Via Media between the Church Catholic – in both its Eastern and Western manifestations – and the churches of the Protestant Reformation. We are, in fact, Reformed Catholics: and while our reference point as Anglicans is the Common Prayer tradition, our reference point as Christians is or ought to be the “ancient and undivided Church” of the First Millennium of the Christian era.

That said, there is much of wisdom in this essay!


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.

One thought on “The Need for Common Prayer and Family Oratories”

  1. Glad you enjoyed Deacon and I endorse your “quibble” since our Anglican reformers cited regularly to the fathers both East and West (as you already know!).

    In the words of Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711) “I die in the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith, professed by the whole Church before the disunion of East and West. More particularly I die in the Communion of the Church of England as it stands distinguished from all Papal and Puritan innovations, and as it adheres to the doctrine of the Cross.”


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