I accepted The A to Z Challenge to write a blog post for each letter of the alphabet during the month of April. Today is A.
A is for Anglicanism. Anglicanism is a branch of Christianity that was brought to England by St. Joseph of Arimathea, the one who loaned his tomb for the burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. Anglican means English and Anglicanism is the Christian Faith from England. At the time of American Independence, the Anglican Faith that was brought to the Colonies had to find its own identity and thus was born the Episcopal Church of USA. When ECUSA began shift course in terms of doctrine and liturgy in the 1970’s, the Continuing Church movement was born with the Congress of St. Louis and drafted the Affirmation of St. Louis in 1977. The motive was to continue in the faith and tradition of the Faith, as the Lord taught, as the Apostles preached, as the early Fathers of the Church preserved. The Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite is part of that movement where it fosters traditional belief, traditional values and traditional worship, and continues in the unbroken line of Apostolic tradtion – that is its bishops date back directly to the times of the Apostles in the laying on of hands. Can read more in Koinonia, the official magazine of the Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite.
The footsteps of the medieval pilgrims followed to the ancient Christian heritage, the first Christian community founded by Joseph of Arimathea in 63A.D. Glastonbury stands to attest to the beginnings of early Christianity in Britain.
Glastonbury Abbey is steeped in legend and history. Traditionally, Glastonbury Abbey is the earliest Christian sanctuary in Britain. The tradition is that Joseph of Arimathea is Mary’s uncle, that he was a trader who travelled to Britain to buy tin from Cornwall and lead from Somerset, and that one or more of these voyages he brought the young Jesus with him. They built at Glastonbury a little, simple place of worship, a tiny church if you like, of interwoven willow branches plastered with mud: ‘the wattle church’ often subsequently called the “Old Church”. History records it as standing in 600; and it burnt down when the entire Abbey church were destroyed by fire in 1184.
The Glastonbury Thorns planted by St. Joseph of Arimathea, in Glastonbury, England.