Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Order of St. Luke

The Order of St. Luke the Physician is an international ministry of intercessory prayer, and in particular, prayers for healing. The Diocese of Fort Worth has a chapter of this international ministry and our parish has been participating in this ministry for several years now with its own group. We are told in Scripture that we are to pray without…

The Sursum Corda as the Ascension of the People of God

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A very important, but sometimes overlooked, aspect of liturgical worship is that of ascension in worship. You may be unfamiliar with this concept, yet it has been part of the Church’s teaching on worship from the earliest days. The Early Church Fathers set forth a doctrine called the Ascension of the Church. The Ascension they were talking about was neither Christ’s bodily ascension after His Resurrection, nor the Second Coming at the end of time. Rather it was the Church’s constant and progressive drawing nigh to Christ in worship in order to behold His glory, rejoice in His presence, and receive His grace.

Anglican Moment: The Orans Position

 

The Orans posture refers to “standing in prayer with hands extended.” Orans means “one who prays” and comes from the Latin “oro” meaning “to pray, beg, supplicate, beseech.” It is one of the most ancient Christian prayer positions, represented 153 times by pictures in the Roman catacombs.

The Orans position or some variation of it, was common to almost all ancient religions as an outward sign of supplicating God (or if a pagan religion, the gods). Consider what we do when we plead with someone. We might put our arms out in front of us as if reaching for the person and say “I beg you, help me.” This seems to be a natural human gesture coming from deep within us – like kneeling to adore or to express sorrow. Now, turn that reach heavenwards and you have the Orans position.

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1928 Book of Common Prayer

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