Young people are returning to traditional faith practices

A young woman prays during the opening Mass for World Youth Day at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland.

[Emma] White is part of a growing number of young people in the Church who are embracing traditional practices. Despite the popular idea that young people have no attention span, there seems to be a deep desire to encounter God in tradition and silence. More millennials are returning to older prayers and devotions.

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As in a number of previous instances, this is from a Roman Catholic perspective – there is not (yet) nearly enough writing on these sorts of matters from within the classical Anglican tradition – but the thoughts translate easily to an Anglican context. Simply replace “Latin Mass” with “classical Prayer Book liturgy,” and (with a few minor differences, of language and ritual) most of it applies directly. Particularly interesting in this one: the author is a 20-year-old college student. As the name of a Facebook group I belong to puts it, “Actually, young people do like traditional liturgy!” Many do, anyway, and the number seems to be growing.

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.

2 thoughts on “Young people are returning to traditional faith practices”

  1. From the perspective of a Millennial who does ministry with Millennials, this is spot on. Many of us were raised in MTV-style worship youth group events and it just doesn’t lead to intimacy with fellow Believers or with God like some would like to think. We rediscover older forms – liturgies and prayers, hymns and stained glass windows, writings from church fathers and such – and find there is a depth of wisdom and knowledge that do bring us closer to God and each other.

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    1. Thank you for this! I am somewhat of an “outsider looking in,” when it comes to Millennials, so it is very good to hear from someone who can address the issue “from the inside.” I found the situation very similar to what you describe when I was in my mid-20s, which is what led me to the Anglican tradition. Nice to know I’m not alone, and that there continue to be people having similar experiences. Again, many thanks!

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