The Most Rev. Peter D. Robinson has been named Episcopal Patron of the Anglican Bible and Book Society. Archbishop Robinson is the presiding bishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America (UECNA) and bishop of the UECNA’s Missionary District of the West. He also serves as rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Prescott, Arizona.
The Society’s Board of Directors is pleased with Archbishop Robinson’s decision to serve in this capacity. The organization’s president Father Daniel Sparks said, “We’re very happy that Bishop Robinson will be providing the Society with pastoral counsel and accountability as our patron. The bishop has a firm grasp on the Christian faith and Anglicanism, and I believe he is a perfect fit for the Society. He understands and supports our mission of strengthening the Church.”
As Episcopal Patron, Archbishop Robinson will provide episcopal review and advice on matters of doctrine and morals, give counsel on pastoral concerns that may arise in the Society’s work, and serve as a spokesman for the Society in the broader Anglican community.Read More
The Church this day celebrates the festival of the Epiphany. This word signifyingÂ manifestation, may be applied to Christmas-day, when CHRIST wasÂ manifested in theÂ flesh; but it is appropriated by the Church to this day, when he was manifested to the Gentiles.
In celebrating this Festival, we design to show our gratitude to GOD, for manifesting the Gospel to the Gentile world; thus vouchsafing to them equal privileges with the Jews: and the first instance of this divine favor to the Gentile world was, when the birth of CHRIST was declared unto the wise men of the East.
The first Lessons contain prophecies of the increase of the Church, by the abundant accession of the Gentiles. The second Lesson for the morning, and the Epistle, contain a vindication of this gracious dispensation of GOD to the Gentile world. The Gospel gives an account of the manifestation of the Saviour to the wise men of the East. And the second Lesson for the Evening Service contains an account of the manifestation of the divine power of CHRIST, by the first miracle which he wrought at Cana or Galilee.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 81.]Read More
The Church this day celebrates the Festival of the circumcision of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, who, when eight days were accomplished, subjected himself to this rite.
The first Lesson for the morning gives an account of the institution of circumcision. The first Lesson for the evening, both the second Lessons, and the Epistle, tend to show, that though the circumcision of the flesh is abrogated, GOD still requires that circumcision of the heart, which the external rite denoted and enforced. The Gospel records the circumcision of our blessed Saviour, and the divine and sacred name which was then imposed upon him.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 80-81.]Read More
It was a custom among the primitive Christians to observe the octave, or eighth day after their principal Feasts, with great solemnity; and upon every day between the Feast and the octave, as upon the octave itself, they used to repeat some part of the service that was performed on the Feast day. In imitation of this custom, this day generally falling within the octave of Christmas, the collect then used is repeated now. The Lessons, the Epistle, and the Gospel, still set forth the mysteries of our redemption by the birth of CHRIST.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 80.]Read More
The Church this day celebrates the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents; who suffered for CHRIST, and glorified GOD by their deaths.
The Gospel contains the history of the martyrdom of the Innocents. The Epistle describes the glorious state of those and the like innocents in heaven.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 79-80.]Read More
The Epistle and Gospel for this day, are both taken out of the writings of St. John. The Epistle contains St. John’s testimony of CHRIST, and the Gospel declares CHRIST’S testimony of St. John. The Gospel seems applicable to the day itself; the Epistle to the day, as being attendant upon the preceding more solemn Festival of Christmas.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 79.]Read More
For placing the Festivals of St. Stephen, St. John, and the Holy Innocents, immediately after Christmas, the following reason, among others, has been assigned; that St. Stephen was the first who suffered martyrdom; St. John was the disciple whom JESUS loved; and the slaughter of the Holy Innocents was the first considerable consequence of our Saviour’s birth. Thus, martyrdom, love, and innocence, are first magnified as things wherein CHRIST is most honored.
The Collect teaches us to pray that we may imitate this holy martyr in his lively faith of immortal glory, and in his forgiveness of his enemies. The Epistle gives us an account of his martyrdom. And the Gospel assures us, that his blood, and the blood of all those who suffer for the name of CHRIST, shall be required at the hands of those who shed it.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 78-79.]Read More
For the observation of this Festival, we have the authority of the primitive Church; for though we have no certain evidence of the exact time when it was first observed, yet it was certainly very early observed all over theÂ West. The immemorial observation of it is a proof of its primitive institution. It is a matter of inferior moment, whether the twenty-fifth of December be the real anniversary of CHRIST’S birth. The only matter of real importance is, that a particular day be set apart for celebrating, with proper gratitude and devotion, the blessed event of the Saviour’s nativity.I
The Church both excites and assists our devotion by the particular service appointed for the day. In the first Lessons she reads to us the clearest prophecies of CHRIST’S coming in the flesh; and in the second Lessons, and in the Epistle and Gospel, she shows us the completion of those prophecies, by giving us the entire history of his birth. In the Collect she teaches us to pray that we may be partakers of the benefits of his birth; and in the proper Psalms she employs us in our duty of praising and glorifying GOD for this incomprehensible mystery.â€ The Epistle and Gospel for the day were used in the most ancient Liturgies.
* Yet the early archives of Rome, it has been clearly shown, furnish complete evidence that Christ was born of Mary, in Bethlehem, on the 25th of December.
â€ The sublime and evangelical import of the Psalms appointed for Christmas-Day, as well as those for the other principal Festivals and Fasts, will be found admirably explained by Bishop Horne, in his Commentary upon them.
[Excerpt from John Henry Hobart,Â A Companion for the Book of Common Prayer, Containing an Explanation of the ServiceÂ (1859), 77-78.]Read More