The Anglophilic Anglican during Lent: a quick note on politics, or lack thereof.

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As my long-term readers may recall, this little blog originated to be just what its title indicates: a place for this particular Anglophilic Anglican to share posts relating to my love of England, Britain, the British Isles generally, and the classical Anglican tradition, with diversions into more-or-less related realms of nature and culture.

Unfortunately, the refugee crisis of 2015 in Europe, the sudden and vicious assault on anything Confederate (and now expanding ever-outward from that point to include even the Founding Fathers and founding documents themselves) in the U.S. in the same year, and the insane-asylum reaction of the sociopolitical Left to the election of President Trump in 2016, all of which have continued to ramify, led me to believe that I needed to do my part, however small, and however localized in this little backwater corner of the internet, to defend the West – the history, heritage, traditions, and customs of Western Civilization – from those who appear to be actively seeking its overthrow.

But this is Lent. It is the season of self-examination, of penitence and preparation, leading up to the events of Holy Week and Easter, culminating with the Feast of the Resurrection itself. And while it is important to do what we can, when we can, to hold the line for what is left of Western Christendom, and that civilization whose history is so closely interwoven with it, it is also touching upon the sin of pride to believe that on my efforts alone depends the success or failure of that mission. As my dear late mother would remind me, “God is still in charge.”

And so part of my Lenten discipline for this year is to resist the hubris of assuming that it is up to me to reverse the decline. I can’t save the world, although perhaps I can help in some minor way to advance that goal. All I can do is tend my small corner of the vineyard. And to do that effectively, I have also to tend to my own spiritual well-being.

All of which is a long-way-’round way of saying that – barring something so egregious that refraining from comment would be a worse fault than commenting, which I hope does not occur – I shall be refraining from specifically political posts in this blog for the duration of Lent (and hopefully the Octave of Easter, as well). I shall be posting cultural posts, historical posts, literary or architectural or musical posts, natural history posts, and hopefully an above-average percentage of Anglican or other posts of a religious or theological nature.

But I am on sabbatical – or “fasting,” if you prefer – from overtly political posts, for the duration of this holy season of Lent. To reflect this, I have changed the header image to a slightly less-pugilistic version of the St. George flag… albeit one whose slightly tarnished visage reflects the reality that all is not entirely well in the Realm of Merrie Olde England, or indeed, the West as a whole.

I pray God grants you a holy, blessed, and fruitful Lenten observance. And I ask you to pray for me as well. Thank you, and God bless!

— Fr. Tom (“The Anglophilic Anglican”)

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for the First Day of Lent, commonly Called Ash-Wednesday. The Book of Common Prayer 1928.


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Unless specifically stated to the contrary, the opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not represent the opinions, policies, or perspectives of any other person, religious organization, business, or other entity.

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 “The Anglophilic Anglican during Lent: a quick note on politics, or lack thereof.”

  1. I can certainly respect your decision, but I think you might be missing a key point: While none of us is really going to change the future by our feeble actions, by taking a stand, we encourage and strengthen others as they man the barricades protecting their families and friends and fellow church members from the assaults of this morally corrupt world. At least that is how I look at it, and it is what motivates me to keep on writing The Southern Agrarian posts. That is what has made me a loyal supporter of The Anglophilic Anglican and why I routinely post links to your posts on other social media. Don’t underestimate the impact that you have. What you are doing DOES make a difference. When we encourage and inspire others by reminding them of the glorious culture and heritage that we have inherited, we are helping them take action to preserve that culture and heritage. It is under attack, and it must be defended or it will be lost. I truly believe I am correct in assuming that neither you nor I could possibly stand back and allow that to happen without doing everything we possibly can to stop it; to preserve that which a long line of our ancestors worked – and died – to bequeath to us. It is who we are.

    I sincerely hope that following Lent, you come charging back to help man the barricades and to inspire, encourage, and lift up your fellow defenders of our people. Thank you for what you do!

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    1. Indeed, sir! I have no intention of withdrawing from the field. Just stepping back, during Lent, to tend the spiritual garden, as it were. But while it is necessary to have “every hand on deck” (occasional leaves of absence notwithstanding) for the struggle in which we are engaged, it is – at least, I think – useful to keep in mind that none of us is the saviour of the world: One alone bears that distinction!

      I thank you for your support and encouragement (and very much for your linkages!), and I do not doubt the importance and accuracy of what you say; indeed, I agree with it. But though we may be weapons in His hands, God alone grants the victory. The belief that any single of one us – certainly I myself – is indispensable can lead to hubris… and that’s not good at any time, and particularly not during Lent. *wry smile*

      Fear not! I am neither standing down nor stepping back from the fight: merely taking a Lenten respite, e’er I come charging back, guns a-blazing! And in the meantime, sharing cultural posts may, I hope and pray, contribute to what some have called the “meta-political” aspects of the struggle. As I know you agree, we need to understand and appreciate that which we defend!

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