Some Useful Links
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Anglicans Online is staffed by an unpaid group not affiliated officially with any church body. If what you are looking for is Anglican, there is a very good chance that you will find it here. Anglicans Online is published every week in the belief that "global communications can help foster global unity in our faith. The issues that unite us are so much stronger and larger than the issues that might sometimes divide us."
The society was founded in the United States in 1932 to promote the Catholic doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church according to the principles and contents of the Book of Common Prayer. The web site includes back issues of the society's quarterly magazine, The Anglican.
The Book of Common Prayer is the defining document of Anglicanism. Since the introduction of the first English Book of Common Prayer in 1549, there have been revisions in England and in every Province of Anglicanism as it has spread throughout the world. Many of those editions may be found online on this web site including the various American editions beginning with the first official American book of 1789 and its short-lived predecessor, the proposed book of 1786.
Daily Office Online (in
English and Spanish)
Forgot your Prayer Book, but have access to the internet? You can still keep your rule of life and say the Daily Office--in either Rite I or Rite II English, or in Spanish. There is even music for some parts of the Office and the Rite I readings are from the King James Version of the Bible.
The Daily Office
Here are two alternative versions of the Office online: The Daily Office and the Daily Office blog--same material, slightly different formats.
Eucharistic and Daily
Office Lectionary on One Site
Here is another excellent lectionary resource. This one also provides links to commentaries and sermon helps.
Lectionary of the American Prayer Book
Here, set up in calendar format for the current year, is the complete Lectionary for the Eucharist as set forth by the Episcopal Church in the United States. Citations and full texts of the readings are provided for the Prayer Book Lectionary, the Revised Common Lectionary, and for the lesser feasts and fasts observed in the American Church. Texts of readings are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
Welcome to Narnia
What divinity could be more homely than that of C.S. Lewis? His Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted children and adults for many years, teaching the the meaning of the Gospel through the lens of fantasy. This site includes a review of the new Disney film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, as well as lots of other other Narnia material. And it is part of a larger website called rejesus, which has many more resources well worth exploring.
One of the distinctive features of the season of Advent is the elaborate set of antiphons sung before and after the Magnificat at Vespers beginning on either December 16th or 17th, depending on whether one follows the English or the Roman use. The antiphons are presented with some explanatory text on this page of a website devoted to Julian of Norwich. Project Canterbury has an article by the Right Reverend A.C.A. Hall, Third Bishop of Vermont, on "The Advent Antiphons". Bishop Hall gives background, scriptural references and a meditative paraphrase of each antiphon--plus two more antiphons found in French sources.
Find a hymn. Learn a hymn. There are several sites that provide hymn texts and/or MIDI files that play the tune. We especially like the Cyber Hymnal: this site has lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, and more for over 5000 hymns and Gospel songs but, amazingly, it does not have every hymn we wanted to hear. The Oremus Hymnal lacks some of the interesting extra material in the Cyber Hymnal, but emphasizes hymns used in the Anglican tradition, with an index drawing from 52 different hymnals. Alternate tunes provided by this site are a welcome feature for those who may be looking for a tune that has been dropped from the latest hymnal. Oremus also provides lists of suggested hymns coordinated with both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Lectionary of the American Prayer Book. Hymnsite.com lacks pictures and history, but plays tunes on piano, organ, or bells. You will find links to these sites throughout our website. As the external sites evolve, links sometimes expire. If you find a bad link, please let us know so that we can correct it!
Give your friends and acquaintances the traditional Easter greeting, "Christ is risen," in their own language. This truly ecumenical site provides recorded greetings in 250 different languages.
Project Canterbury is home on the Internet to Anglican texts. Emphasis is placed on documents expressing the Catholic identity of Anglicanism. The Tracts for the Times and the Library of Anglo-Catholic Theology are essential print resources for this collection, as are other out-of-print materials not readily accessible in many libraries.
With nearly four hundred communities of monks and nuns scattered around medieval Britain, the Order of St. Benedict had a deep impact on the lives of Britons. The principles of the Rule which Benedict wrote in the 6th century for his monks permeated both monastic and secular spirituality and are the foundation stone of Anglican spirituality to this day. In a book entitled St. Benedict's Toolbox and on a website by the same name, author Jane Tomaine offers practical tips on living the Benedictine way today. The website of the Anglican Friends of Saint Benedict also provides links and resources about the Benedictine way.
Saint Nicholas Center
St. Nicholas Center is a web site where people can learn about St. Nicholas, one of the best-known and most popular of all the saints. The center provides resources for families, churches, and schools about the great Bishop of Myra who attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 and who inspired our modern Santa Claus.