Anglicanism 101 | the Benedictine spirit

Anglicanism 101 | the Benedictine spirit

The basic bond of the Anglican Communion is, and always has been, community prayer; this is also true of the Benedictine family. As we pray for and with each other in the unity of Christ, we rediscover what we are and experience what we shall be. – Robert Hale, Order of St Benedict

Who was Saint Benedict and why should you care? Over three weeks in November 2017 Rachel Twigg Boyce and Jamie Howison offered our latest Anglicanism 101 series, with a special focus on the Benedictine connection. Here is the ground that we covered:

Wednesday November 8 – Everything we know about Benedict comes from two sources, The Dialogues of Gregory the Great and The Rule of Benedict. Tonight Rachel Twigg Boyce will take us on an exploration of the life of Benedict as told by Pope Gregory.

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November 15 – The Rule of Benedict: a rulebook for people who don’t like rules. Arguably one of the most influential books ever written, we’ll take a look at Benedict’s Rule and discuss its influence on Anglicanism.

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November 22 – A Rule of Life: who me? – Part of the design of the original English Book of Common Prayer was to provide the whole church with a resource for daily prayer and spiritual nourishment. In this session we’ll explore ways in which we can pick up on that vision and bring it forward into life in 2017.

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