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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from 7 March to 13 April 2008

Like all letters to the editor everywhere, these letters are the opinions of the writers and not Anglicans Online. We publish letters that we think will be of interest to our readers, whether we agree with them or not. If you'd like to write a letter of your own, click here.

Prayerful penning

Thank you for the thought-provoking piece on prayerfully leaving your house. Your comment in the article that, 'writing prayers is hard' is a reminder to all of us who regularly write prayers that we must acknowledge the difficulty of the task and must give it our fullest attention. 'Writing prayers prayerfully’ is my way of describing this task to those who undertake the task of writing prayers for public worship in school chapel or parish church.

I have copied your ‘house leaving prayer’ just in case I am, or someone to whom I minister is, ever in need of it. I hope you will not mind others using it.

I am one of those who logs on to the Anglicans Online site every Monday (it is usually lunchtime here in the Antipodes when the new week’s material appears) and I am usually nourished by your words and often more than nourished. Bless you all and may Christ enable to keep up the good work for many years to come!

Father Richard Murray
Chaplain, Overnewton Anglican Community College, Keilor
Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
7 April 2008

Moving on

I've just read your front page, on moving. I can trace our own story through yours. We have just spent the southern-hemisphere summer watching and helping builders renovate. Your words resonated!

So, too, did the words of the New Zealand prayer book, and your use of night prayer for your farewell blessing. That prayer is one of the precious contributions that folks who crafted the prayer book made. There, at the doorway, it worked.

Blessings and joy in your new home.

Nancy Barnard Starr
Anglican Church in New Zealand
Auckland , NEW ZEALAND (when not in the mountains)
10 April 2008

'Here we have no continuing city'

On being homeless for a short time, you have to take what G-d sends. This has been my view over the years. I had to move from one place to another in my travels. I am glad to have a roof over a bed that is dry and warm and not like the outside of the tent at 2.43 am one Easter night on Mt Baw Baw. Cold — it was freezing! But even that was from G-d.

Of course, I'm lucky, I have Gypsy ancestry, so being away from home is not the end of the world. We should make everywhere we go 'home' just as we make every place we worship the Church. One of the most comfortable nights I ever spent was in 1973 on the floor of a church hall in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. In 1997 a balcony on Spy Hill, Cobh, Ireland became a place of prayer and thus a Church.

Your 'House Leaving' prayer said it all, please make it official. Someone has to write prayers in the first place! Well done on the Darfur photo as an aide-memoire!

Peace and Health to all at AO.

Steve Duke
Melbourne,Victoria, AUSTRALIA
10 April 2008

We didn't publish Romanizing germs

Thank you for publishing the 19th-century evangelical tract "Are there Romanizing germs in the Prayer Book?" After reading all those tortured arguments about how the church had changed since the Reformation, lost its way, and become too this or that, I found myself answering the tract's final question, "Men and Brethren, What Shall We Do?" with "Don't Let the Door Hit Your Backside on the Way Out."

It was obvious that those evangelicals, sincere in their beliefs, could not in good conscience move forward with the Episcopal Church. So they left, and the church survived — an instructive lesson for our own times. That the work also ironically affirms the catholicity of the Episcopal Church is just icing on the cake.

Clay O'Dell
Washington, DC, USA
7 April 2008

(Ed. note: We didn't publish the tract, we linked to it.)

Er, we don't

Does anyone know of a good Anglican chat room?

Bill Tegner
St Mary's, New Ross, IRELAND
8 April 2008

(Ed. note: Please note you can write Mr Tegner directly, if you have suggestions.)

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