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ONLINE VIDEO TRIBUTES TO ARCHBISHOP MORSE:
Archbishop Robert Sherwood Morse, 1924-2015, Founder of the Anglican Province of Christ the King, In Memoriam. Thanks be to God for all he has given us.
In Memoriam: Memorial Dedication, October 24, 2015, St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel, Berkeley, California
In Memoriam: Video Tribute to his life
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In this compelling, concise, and insightful history, Bishop Hansen tells the story of the Anglican Province of Christ the King, led by the inspirational Archbishop Robert Sherwood Morse. He describes the dramatic events leading to the St. Louis Congress (1977) and the Denver consecrations (1978), as faithful Anglicans sought to ensure historic Christian faith and practice. Bishop Hansen recounts the growth of the Diocese and the national Province to become the leading voice for traditional Anglicans in America today. In conclusion, he considers the future of the APCK.
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CHILDREN’S HOLY MASS BOOK
We are pleased to announce that the Children’s Holy Mass Book, Coloring for Children and the Young at Heart, is now available for purchase (see Education tab above). For flyer, click here: PRESS RELEASE.Children’s Holy Mass Book This is an excellent resource for children, to be placed in the narthex or pew, or used as an addition to the ACU Church School Series.
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QUOTE FOR APRIL 2021
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ, as recorded in John 3:16-21, KJV
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QUOTE FOR MARCH 2021
“Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever. Perhaps my bad temper or my jealousy are gradually getting worse—so gradually that the increase in seventy years will not be very noticeable. But it might be absolute hell in a million years: in fact, if Christianity is true, Hell is the precisely correct technical term for what it would be. And immortality makes this other difference, which, by the by, has a connection with the difference between totalitarianism and democracy. If individuals live only seventy years, then a state, or a nation, or a civilisation, which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is not only more important but incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state or a civilisation, compared with his, is only a moment.”
C.S. Lewis, MERE CHRISTIANITY (Harper Collins Signature Classics, 32-33)
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QUOTE FOR FEBRUARY, 2021
“We say that Christ came to save us from our sins. But what is sin? What is the root of sin? The simplest answer is self-centeredness, a result of God’s gift of freedom to mankind. Freedom is the source of good and evil, love and hate, right and wrong. For with freedom comes not only our ability to participate in the very nature of God, which is to love, but also the responsibility of moral choice. In this way we are different from other creation.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, in All Is Grace (ACU, 2017) in a sermon preached in 2000 at St. Martin’s, Concord, CA
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QUOTE FOR JANUARY, 2021
“Christ Himself is the Word of God – that is, the personal expression of God. The Bible tells of Him and we therefore call it God’s Word. It is the record of the progressive revelation which reaches its summit in Christ.”
The Rt. Rev. Frank E. Wilson, Faith and Practice (Morehouse, 1992)
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QUOTE FOR DECEMBER 2020
“The Christian view of history is linear. Time has a beginning and it will have an end. But history is constantly being intersected by grace. This is the meaning of Advent, to prepare for the coming, the coming of God in history in the Incarnation, Christ’s birth, Christmas, and the final coming, the Second Coming of Christ, God Incarnate at the end of time, the end of history. “
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, in ALL IS GRACE (ACU, 2017)
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QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER 2020
Feast of All Saints: Lights in the Darkness
“God is being. The opposite of God is non-being. Evil’s end is nothingness, chaos. Feasts—festivals of the Church—follow the ancient Jewish custom and are from sundown to sundown the following day. The feast begins with Vespers, be it Christmas Eve or All Hallows Eve.
The problem of freedom is the choice between good and evil and is particularly reflected in the Feast of All Saints Day. Today the secular has seized the eve, All Hallows Eve—Halloween—and makes it a celebration of evil and the darkness of night. The Church celebrates the light of day and makes it the harvest of Heaven, the saints… Halloween has become a festival of darkness, now the second largest commercial feast after Christmas, replacing Easter, a feast symbolized by the light of dawn. Ghosts and ghouls and devils leer from neighborhood windows. When man’s understanding is darkened, he becomes alienated from the life of God… Yet Halloween night is followed by All Saints Day, which celebrates those who, having attained the vision of God, strengthen our hopes for Heaven. By grace, hope replaces despair, the great enemy of the soul.
Our civilization is in decline. Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, former Archbishop of Paris, said, “The West is born of Christianity. The crisis of the West is that it isn’t Christian anymore… And so our culture separates All Hallows Eve from All Hallows Day. We prefer to focus on the dark side of man, forgetting the victory of the good found in the loving hearts of the saints… All Saints Day reflects Easter’s Resurrection. We know that all we have hoped for will be realized beyond time, in eternal life.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, in ALL IS GRACE (ACU, 2017)
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QUOTE FOR OCTOBER 2020
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QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
“The longer we live, the more we experience our fallen world. T.S. Eliot writes in his poem, Four Quartets, that right action is freedom. The more we choose the will of God, and thus choose to love, the freer we are. The opposite is also true. Dante writes in Inferno in The Divine Comedy that the bottom of Hell is a tight well, the narrow circle of self.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, All Is Grace (ACU 2017), from a sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Chapel, Berkeley, in 2002
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QUOTE FOR AUGUST 2020
“I have always believed that cult creates its own culture. I share the position that Western man has developed a sense of civilization, personal freedom realized in democracy and parliamentary government. Our advanced technology, medicine, and industry all come from the historical impact of God’s Incarnation realized in Western man.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, All Is Grace (ACU 2017), from an address to the 8th Synod, Diocese of Christ the King, St. Charles King and Martyr, Huntsville, AL, 1985
QUOTE FOR JULY 2020
“Our children are not being taught responsibility to God and their fellow man, so a new definition of freedom has emerged. Freedom is defined today as saying and doing anything desired, anytime and any place. Our historic Book of Common Prayer defines freedom in the leading collect for Morning Prayer: ‘God… whose service is perfect freedom.’ The Anglican genius has always been to see freedom and responsibility as united. Wherever Anglicans have settled in large numbers, a parliamentary government has emerged, and common men have called for justice. Freedom is of God. To lose this religious heritage is to lose not only our personal freedom but the foundation of Western culture.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, All Is Grace (ACU 2017), from an address to the 10th Synod, Diocese of Christ the King, Episcopal Heritage Center, Washington DC, 1987
QUOTE FOR JUNE 2020
“God shall be all in all (I Cor. 15:28)… God is the sole source of possible being, its sustainer, and both the pattern and nexus of all that is true, beautiful, and good. If He should fail to make Himself our chief end, life would not be worth living. But He loves us, a twofold mystery of demand that we should give ourselves to Him in order that He may impart to us the greater gift of Himself; and in the triumph of this love lies the meaning and glory of life.”
Francis J. Hall, D.D., Eschatology, Volume 10, Halls Dogmatic Theology (American Church Union, 262-3)
QUOTE FOR MAY 2020
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Jesus the Christ, Gospel of John, 3:16-21, KJV
QUOTE FOR APRIL 2020
“In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality:
O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
(1928 Book of Common Prayer, 45)
QUOTE FOR MARCH 2020
“Most of us are intrinsically religious because of our mortality. We are reminded of this mortality on Ash Wednesday. On this first day of Lent the priest draws a cross of ash on our forehead, saying, ‘Remember, O man, from dust thou didst come and to dust thou shall return.’
Graveyards and tombs reflect a civilization’s beliefs about life and death. In 1968 Nancy and I visited Lenin’s tomb in Red Square in Moscow. As we emerged into the bright light of day, I realized that there are two tombs that mark history and time. There is the corpse-ridden tomb outside the walls of the Kremlin and its copies in Peking and Hanoi, and there is the empty tomb inside the walls of Jerusalem.
They represent two visions of man’s destiny. The full tomb of Lenin says man’s destiny is to die. The empty tomb of St. Joseph of Arimathea says that man’s destiny is to live outside of time in Heaven. The empty tomb gives us the vision of God and eternal life.
One vision is created by an atheistic ideology that holds philosophic materialism (not limited to Marxism) as humanity’s greatest good. The other vision is born of belief in the eternal God in whose nature we partake, and holds that sacrificial love is humanity’s greatest good.”
The Most Rev. Robert Sherwood Morse, All Is Grace (ACU 2017), in a sermon preached at St. Joseph’s Chapel, Berkeley, in 2005