We live in an information age but precisely because there are so many resources available to us, it is sometimes difficult to know where to look for the information we need. We have provided this resource page to be of some help in this regard but offer it understanding it is narrow and limited in its scope. Still, it is our hope that some will be blessed.

The Catholic Creeds

“The historic Creeds are a protection to the integrity of the Gospel. They are a unifying bond extending throughout the Christian world. They preserve the continuity of the Christian religion. They maintain a standard by which all developments of Christian doctrine may be tested. They are a compass for Christian travelers and an anchor against spiritual drifting. They serve as a constitution for the Church and a check upon changing by-laws and disciplinary regulations. They make for stability of purpose in the Church as a whole, and the recitation of them is a powerful aid in fortifying the faith of every individual Christian.”

~ The Rt. Rev. Frank E. Wilson (1855-1944)

In the church we generally confess our faith in the words of one of the following ancient creeds [the Athanasian Creed is seldom used due to its length and theological complexity].

The Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer is the short title of a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Communion, as well as by the Continuing Anglican, “Anglican realignment” and other Anglican churches. The original book, published in 1549 (Church of England 1957), in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome. Prayer books, unlike books of prayers, contain the words of structured (or liturgical) services of worship. To properly understand the Anglican Way it is necessary to understand Anglicans at worship: “lex orandi, lex credendi” [as we worship, so will we live].

The Daily Office

Anglican spirituality is ordered and structured, without marginalizing spontaneity. The Daily Office [prescribed times of prayer] is heavily influenced by the traditions of the monasteries in which said and sung prayer developed and thrived for centuries [most certainly since the 4th century]. Originally intended and appointed for public worship, the Daily Office is today required of all Anglican clergy, and encouraged among the laity.

An Anglican Catechism

“This catechism (a text used for instruction of Christian disciples) is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel. Each section is presented in the question-and-answer form that became standard in the sixteenth-century because of its proven effectiveness. Each section is also set out with its practical implications, together with biblical references.”

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