Speaking of Traditional Elements…

Check this out. It’s High Church ceremonial for the Offices from the 1850’s and it’s quite interesting to compare to current practice. (Things don’t seem to have changed much from what I’ve read so far…)


About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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2 Responses to Speaking of Traditional Elements…

  1. Caelius says:

    “No introductory Prayer should be delivered in the Pulpit before the Sermon. But see p. 41, Par. 23, and note* for the proper use of the Bidding Prayer. See also Bishop Montague’s Visitation Articles, p. 70, No. 23.”

    Bishop Bennison once tried to institute this. I was raised on using the Jewish rabbinical prayer before d’var Torah, “May the words of my mouth…” And I have heard a much elaborated version in nearby pulpits. I also hear various invocations of the Trinity and rarely something else. Do you know what medieval preachers did in various places?

  2. Derek the Ænglican says:

    As far as what I’ve ever seen, laity and some ordained use “May the words of my mouth…” and clergy (exclusively) use in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit/Ghost”. Medieval practice was to introduce a sermon with “Karissimi Fratres…” which came into OE as “Men þa leofestan…” I know of no medieval prayers used before sermons.

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