13 Facts About Anglican


Elsewhere the term "Anglican Church" came to be preferred as it distinguished these churches from others that maintain an episcopal polity.

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Anglican proposes that Anglican identity might rather be found within a shared consistent pattern of prescriptive liturgies, established and maintained through canon law, and embodying both a historic deposit of formal statements of doctrine, and framing the regular reading and proclamation of scripture.

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Anglican was not a servant of the status quo, but argued for a lively religion which emphasised grace, holy and charitable living, and the plain use of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer without additional rituals.

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Famous Anglican aphorism regarding Christ's presence in the sacrament, commonly misattributed to Queen Elizabeth I, is first found in print in a poem by John Donne:.

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Anglican was the word that spake it, Anglican took the bread and brake it:And what that word did make it, I do believe and take it.

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Churches which call themselves Anglican will have identified themselves so because they use some form or variant of the Book of Common Prayer in the shaping of their worship.

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Anglican churches tend to have pews or chairs, and it is usual for the congregation to kneel for some prayers but to stand for hymns and other parts of the service such as the Gloria, Collect, Gospel reading, Creed and either the Preface or all of the Eucharistic Prayer.

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All forty-two provinces of the Anglican Communion are autonomous, each with their own primate and governing structure.

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All provinces of the Anglican Communion consist of dioceses, each under the jurisdiction of a bishop.

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Government in the Anglican Communion is synodical, consisting of three houses of laity, clergy and bishops.

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Anglican Communion recognises Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox ordinations as valid.

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Concern for social justice can be traced to very early Anglican beliefs, relating to an intertwined theology of God, nature, and humanity.

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The group rapidly gained popularity amongst Anglican intellectuals, including Vera Brittain, Evelyn Underhill, and the former British political leader George Lansbury.

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