My latest Touchstone article has been posted online, so I refer you to it here.
That contrasts quite sharply with the Book of Common Prayer tradition, in which everything is intended to conform wholly to Scripture, and the standard for prayer is the one that Jesus taught, which includes the Church's petition to the Father, "Thy will be done." The new liturgical phrase, "disordering our boundaries and releasing our desires," sounds much more like the slogan of an early twentieth-century pagan cult,The Law of Thelema,created by a magician named Aleister Crowley. To each member of the cult it is taught, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."
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'An Episcopal priest named Kimberly Jackson, of the Diocese of Atlanta, read a prayer to begin their version of communion: "Spirit of Life, we thank you for disordering our boundaries and releasing our desires as we prepare this feast of delight: draw us out of hidden places and centers of conformity to feel your laughter and live in your pleasure."'
Oh dear. I honestly don't know whether I want to laugh or cry, although I am leaning towards the latter in regard to this so called prayer. And the really sad fact is that there would be so many 'progressive' theologians and clergy patting Kimberly on the back for such brave and boundary breaking 'liturgical' prayer. Meanwhile as they are admiring the Emperor's new clothes and laughing with delight, there is a voice in the wilderness crying something about nakedness......... but alas, who is listening?
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