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.

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A quick “mea culpa”!

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I want to take this moment to apologize – I know The Anglophilic Anglican went through a bit of a drought, there for a while, before Christmas. Between preparations for the  Christmas holiday and the exigencies of ordinary life, I was not online much, and was posting even less. I will endeavor to return to more regular posting, now that the Feast of the Nativity is through. But if I occasionally drop off for a bit, please don’t give up on me! I’m still around, and I’ll return to more regular posting when I can. Remember, this is something I do in my spare time, and frankly, there’s not a lot of that…

Many thanks for your understanding!

Briefly noted: “About the Anglophilic Anglican” updated, and my Patreon account

Friends, please note that I have recently updated my “About the Anglophilic Anglican” page. The changes are not major, but you may still want to take a look if you haven’t visited recently: hyperlinks have been added, and some of the text has been revised or amended.

Please note also that this page takes a great deal of time and effort to maintain and update with what I hope is interesting and thought-provoking content, and that I do this on a volunteer basis, while still working for a living. It would be very greatly appreciated if, should you enjoy or appreciate what you read here, you would be willing to visit my

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and make a donation or become a Patron. I would be very grateful for the support. My goal is to eventually be able to devote the majority of my time to the fight to defending our Western civilization – a.k.a. Western Christendom – and its cultural as well as spiritual heritage. I can only hope to accomplish that with your support! My most grateful appreciation on advance.

Yours most respectfully,

The Anglophilic Anglican

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We live in a challenging time in history, one in which traditional Western and Christian values are under attack from a multitude of sources, including but not limited to militant Islam, militant atheism, and – perhaps even more concerning – widespread apathy and denial.

The Anglophilic Anglican is a blog and social-media project based in the United States but pro-British and pro-European in orientation, which seeks to promote and defend traditional Western and Christian values through original commentary and sharing of relevant content on my blog and various social media platforms [currently working on a YouTube channel, and other venues may be developed as time, money, and energy allows]. Your patronage enables me to devote less time and effort to mere subsistence, and more time and effort to this campaign, this task, this sacred duty!

If you find this blog and its content to be interesting, inspiring, enjoyable, or in any other way helpful, please consider supporting The Anglophilic Anglican (both the blog and its author) via Patreon.

Any amount is greatly appreciated: as indicated above, the less time and effort I have to spend pursuing subsistence income, the more time and effort I have available to defend the ideals and values of Western and Christian civilization against those who are attacking them, and to inspire others to take up the fight.

As well, of course, as to share interesting and relevant content and commentary on a wide range of topics closely or loosely related to things English / British, Anglican, or traditional (whether European or American). This blog has always had a fairly wide-ranging scope, and that will not cease to be the case, despite my decision to focus on culture and heritage defense.

I leave you with two thoughts – neither original, but both of them cogent and apposite: “We must stand together or we shall surely fall separately,” and “Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.” Let’s make sure we’re on the creative side of history!

I thank you very much in advance for your kind and generous patronage.

Yours in service to our common heritage and ideals,

The Anglophilic Anglican