Transcendent Liturgy

Because Anglicanism developed from and continues to be culturally rooted in Benedictine monasticism, its liturgy is normatively “noble” and transcendent, that is, giving glory to the Triune God made present in the seven Sacraments and Sacred Scripture.

Bishop Michael Perham (Gloucester, England) has written, “There is, in a sense, nothing in it for me. It is all for Him… Why do we worship? Why do we take liturgical care? Because we exist to give glory to God. We exist to offer Him praise. But even that which we exist to do, we cannot do without His Spirit…. [A]lthough we are made for praise and we worship because we can do no other, nevertheless the offering of worship, the celebration of liturgy is turned by God into a gift whereby we are strengthened and sustained. Worship is a two-way traffic — the giving of praise and the receiving of grace. We offer the one. God offers the other. Worship is for the Creator, yet it feeds not Him but us.”

St Paul’s strives to fulfill the vision of Anglican liturgy in both its Early Christian (Rite II) and Medieval (Rite I) forms authentically participating in the anamnesis [“making actually present again”] of Our Lord’s life, sacrificial death, and resurrection. Through this sacramental worship God’s people are enabled to grow more and more into union with God the Father, through God the Son, by means of the power of God the Holy Spirit.

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