The Secker Society

The Secker Society The Secker Society is dedicated to the preservation of the historic standards of the Church of England. The Secker Society is dedicated to the preservation and continued use of the historic standards of the Church of England: The Articles of Religion of 1571, the Authorized Version of 1611, the Prayer Book of 1662, the Psalter of 1539, the Ordinal of 1661, and the Books of Homilies of 1547 and 1571.
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The society publishes Anglican Tradition, a printed journal issued semi-annually. The society also maintains a directory of services in North America which use the liturgy of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

01/30/2018

The First Collect at Morning Prayer.

O MOST mighty God, terrible in thy judgements, and wonderful in thy doings toward the children of men; who in thy heavy displeasure didst suffer the life of our gracious Sovereign King Charles the First, to be (as this day) taken away by the hands of cruel and bloody men: We thy sinful creatures here assembled before thee, do, in the behalf of all the people of this land, humbly confess, that they were the crying sins of this Nation, which brought down this heavy judgement upon us. But, O gracious God, when thou makest inquisition for blood, lay not the guilt of this innocent blood, (the shedding whereof nothing but the blood of thy Son can expiate,) lay it not to the charge of the people of this land; nor let it ever be required of us, or our posterity. Be merciful, O Lord, be merciful unto thy people, whom thou hast redeemed; and be not angry with us for ever: But pardon us for thy mercies' sake, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY USA 2018 CONFERENCE‘The Prayer Book: Doctrine, Liturgy, and Life’, 24-26 January 2018, St John’s Chu...
01/19/2018
Prayer Book Society USA

PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY USA 2018 CONFERENCE

‘The Prayer Book: Doctrine, Liturgy, and Life’, 24-26 January 2018, St John’s Church, Savannah, Georgia.

The Rev’d Dr Paul Avis, Dr George Westhaver of Pusey House, Oxford, Professor Jesse Billet, The Rev’d Gavin Dunbar, The Rev’d Canon Jordan Hylden, Dr Roberta Bayer, Dr Stephen Blackwood, Dr. Christopher Wells of Living Church, Dean William McKechie, and the Rev’d Canon Alistair Macdonald Radcliff.

For more information visit: http://pbsusa.org/

A gathering of scholars, clergy and lecturers from around the world including Paul Avis, George Westhaver, Jesse Billett and many others.

12/30/2017

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
END OF YEAR 2017

A great thank you to all of our members and supporters—2017 has been our strongest year to date in terms of participation and distribution. A special thanks to The Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen, Forward in Faith North America, and the organizers of the Continuing Anglican Joint Synod for providing us opportunities to distribute Anglican Tradition to a wider audience.

Please let us know if you have not yet received a copy of the Summer-Autumn 2017 issue of Anglican Tradition and would like to receive one.

07/22/2017

ANGLICAN TRADITION WINTER-SPRING 2017:
Articles and essays in this issue included: William Lily and Classical English Education, Political and Religious Culture in 19th Century Canada, An Introduction to the English Rite, The Authorized Version as a Formulary.

The initial printing of this issue is almost gone. If you have not yet received a copy of the Winter-Spring 2017 issue of Anglican Tradition, and would like one sent to you, please contact us.

NEW ARTICLE ONLINE:
A new article from Anglican Tradition Volume 2, Number 3, An Introduction to the English Rite, has been added to the society’s website, here: http://www.seckersociety.com/englishrite.htm

SUBMISSIONS:
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Summer-Autumn 2017 issue of Anglican Tradition, presently in preparation. We are now taking new submissions for review in relation to the 2018 series.

2017 ANGLICAN WAY INSTITUTE SUMMER CONFERENCE. This year’s conference theme is ‘Exploring 500 Years of Reformation, 1517...
03/08/2017
Anglican Way Institute

2017 ANGLICAN WAY INSTITUTE SUMMER CONFERENCE.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Exploring 500 Years of Reformation, 1517-2017, Biblical, Theological, and Ecumenical Reflections on a Movement that Changed the Christian World’ and will be held 5-9 July, Dallas, Texas. Speakers to include: The Reverend Dr Carl Braaten, The Most Reverend Ray R. Sutton, The Reverend Dr Peter J. Leithart. For more details visit: http://holycommuniondallas.org/anglicanway.html

Church of the Holy Communion, Anglican Pro Cathedral

2017 EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION – USA CONFERENCE (FORMERLY EVANGELION). This year’s conference the...
03/08/2017
EFAC USA – Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion USA

2017 EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION – USA CONFERENCE (FORMERLY EVANGELION).

This year’s conference theme is ‘Positively Evangelical’ and will be held 19-21 April, in Oviedo, Florida. Speakers to include: The Very Reverend Andrew C. Pearson, Jr, The Right Reverend Greg Brewer, The Reverend Charlie Holt, Dr Phil Harrold. For more details visit: http://efac-usa.org/

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01/21/2017
The PBS Announces its 2017 Conference: Anglicanism – Catholic and Reformed: Revisiting the Reformation Legacy 1517-2017 | Prayer Book Society USA

2017 PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY USA CONFERENCE

Anglicanism – Catholic and Reformed: Revisiting the Reformation Legacy 1517-2017.

16 February, 2017, Savannah, GA

Speakers to include: Oliver O’Donovan, Joan Lockwood O’Donovan, The Rt Rev’d Dr Geoffrey Rowell, Neil Robertson, Gillis Harp, and Roberta Bayer.

http://www.pbsusa.org/2016/11/30/the-pbs-announces-its-2017-conference-anglicanism-catholic-and-reformed-revisiting-the-reformation-legacy-1517-2017

The PBS Announces its 2017 Conference: Anglicanism – Catholic and Reformed: Revisiting the Reformation Legacy 1517-2017 Nov 30 November 30, 2016 In the anniversary year of Luther’s promulgation of the ninety-five theses which started the Reformation, this conference will explore the ways in which An...

12/30/2016

30 December 2016

ANGLICAN TRADITION VOLUME I

The first edited volume of our journal is now available.

Anglican Tradition—Volume I, 2012-2015, http://anglicantradition.com

Thank you to our members, contributors, and those who served on the review–editorial board, who have all worked to make the publication a success.

10/20/2016
Conference on Zanchi, Hooker, and the Rise of Reformed Scholasticism - The Davenant Trust

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
AUTUMN 2016

ANGLICAN TRADITION SUMMER-AUTUMN 2016: The next issue of Anglican Tradition will be posted out to members and friends shortly. Articles in this issue include: Pacesetters of English Protestantism II, Stephen Leacock and T. S. Eliot, William the Conqueror: The Angelcynn Church and the Papal Revolution, and The Common Law and the Common Good. If you have not yet received a copy of the Winter-Spring 2016 issue of Anglican Tradition, and would like one sent to you, please contact us.

HOOKER AND ZANCHI CONFERENCE – OTTAWA: World renowned Richard Hooker scholar, W. J. Torrance Kirby will be speaking at the ‘Zanchi, Hooker, and the Rise of Reformed Scholasticism’ conference which will be held in Ottawa, 20 October 2016 – 22 October 2016. More information may be found at: https://davenanttrust.org/event/conference-on-zanchi-hooker-and-the-rise-of-reformed-scholasticism/

ANGLICAN TRADITION VOLUME I: The first volume of Anglican Tradition, issues spanning from 2012-2015, is currently being edited into a single printed volume scheduled to begin sale at the close of the year. Notice will be posted as soon as the volume is available.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION: As of the present, our regularly occurring ‘News and Updates’ will be published online without also being sent out by email.

Co-sponsored with the Richard Hooker Society and Refo500. Location: Ottawa, Canada Dates: October 20-22 See full details here.

07/02/2016
Anglican Way Institute

If there is any way for you to make it, you won’t want to miss this year’s Anglican Way Institute’s Summer Conference, on ‘The Church and the State: The Christian’s Responsibility in the Public Square’, 6-10 July, 2016, at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas. The event has scheduled a wide range of talks on this timely subject, including addresses by the Rt. Rev’d. Michael Nazir-Ali. For more information visit: https://holycommuniondallas.org/anglican-way-institute

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02/11/2016
Evangelion

EVANGELION 2016 - 28-30 APRIL

The Secker Society is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Evangelion conference. Registration is now open for the conference, themed ‘Expressing Evangelical Identity in the Episcopal Church’, which will be held at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania, the 28th-30th of April, 2016.

Scheduled speakers include:

The Very Rev. Dr. Justyn Terry, Dean of Trinity School for Ministry

The Very Rev. David J. Collum, Former Dean of the Cathedral of All Saints in the Diocese of Albany

The Rev. Dr. Justin S. Holcomb, Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida

Please visit: http://www.evangeliontec.org/ or www.facebook.com/evangeliontecconference/ for more information or to register.

02/10/2016

Portions of tomorrow’s, 10 February 2016, Ash-Wednesday service read from the Book of Common Prayer (1662) at Lambeth Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury will be broadcast live at 7:25 AM Eastern Standard Time. Visit to listen:
https://www.facebook.com/archbishopofcanterbury/

12/30/2015
The Atlantic Theological Conference Page

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
END OF YEAR 2015

ANGLICAN TRADITION: The next semi-annual issue of the Secker Society’s journal will be issued under the name 'Anglican Tradition' following the title of the previously adopted lecture series project.

SUMMER-AUTUMN 2015 PUBLICATION: A third publication by the Secker Society for the 2015 year is set to go out to members and friends this month, this will be released as 'Anglican Tradition', Volume I, Issue 7. Articles in the issue include: Classical Anglicanism in Five Points, Anglican Worship and Sacramental Theology, George Grant and Robert Crouse - Prophetic Tories, and Was Early New South Wales a 'Christian Community'?

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER: The electronic newsletter of the Secker Society, entitled 'News and Updates' which has been issued quarterly, will for the foreseeable future be released between two to four times a year as answerable to the circumstances of happenings and activities occurring during the year as they relate to the society and its work.

ATLANTIC THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE 2016: The 36th annual Atlantic Theological Conference will be held in Sackville, New Brunswick, June 12th-15th. The theme is to be 'The Blessed Company of all Faithful People: The Church Visible and Invisible'. Check at http://www.stpeter.org/conf.htm for updates on the event as the date approaches.

ANGLICAN WAY INSTITUTE SUMMER CONFERENCE 2016: The next Anglican Way Institute Summer Conference will be held at the Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas, Texas, July 6th-10th. The theme is to be 'The Church and the State - The Christian's Responsibility in the Public Square' with keynote speaker Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. Check at http://www.holycommuniondallas.org/anglican-way-institute for updates on the event as the date approaches.

St. Peter Publications is pleased to present a new and comprehensive online resource for traditional Anglicans and orthodox Christians, featuring the Atlantic Theological Conference, a leading Canadian gathering of clergy, lay and academics seeking the renewal of the Church.

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATESSUMMER 2015RENEWAL SPRING 2015: A special Spring issue of ‘Renewal’ should be arriv...
06/22/2015
International Catholic Congress of Anglicans - FIFNA

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
SUMMER 2015

RENEWAL SPRING 2015: A special Spring issue of ‘Renewal’ should be arriving in the mailboxes of members and friends soon. Articles in this issue include: George Grant and Radical Orthodoxy, Charles Pettit McIlvaine as Evangelical Militant, What are ‘British Values’?, The Rise of Hymnody in Anglicanism II.

RENEWAL SUBMISSIONS: We are currently taking submissions for future issues of ‘Renewal’ – of articles, book reviews, poetry, and news – we would encourage our supporters to write for us and assist in making ‘Renewal’ a broad forum of exchange for those with interest in an Anglicanism grounded in our historic formularies.

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC CONGRESS OF ANGLICANS: The Secker Society will have a table at the International Catholic Congress of Anglicans: http://www.fifna.org/news-events/international-catholic-congress-of-anglicans/, July 13-17, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas; please stop by our booth for a visit if you will be in attendance.

RENEWAL ONLINE: An article which appeared in the Summer-Autumn 2014 issue of ‘Renewal’ by our current poetry editor, Michael W. Davis, on ‘The Queen in World Anglicanism’, has now been placed online: http://seckersociety.com/thequeeninanglicanism.htm ; additional past articles will be added online periodically.

EVANGELION 2015 LECTURES: The full set of lectures and sermons from the ‘Evangelion’ conference which the Secker Society co-sponsored over Spring in New York is now available on compact discs in our ‘Anglican Tradition’ series: http://seckersociety.com/shop.htm. Participants included the Rt Rev’d William Love, the Rt Rev’d Daniel Herzog, the Rev’d Dr Lee Gatiss, the Rev’d Dr Philip Wainwright, and Mr Thomas G. Isham. Evangelion II is tentatively scheduled for May, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

COMMON PRAYER DAY – 24 AUGUST: We invite clergy and lay persons this coming 24th of August to commemorate Common Prayer Day by celebrating a service from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. More may be read about Common Prayer Day at: http://seckersociety.com/commonprayerday.htm

Join us for the International Catholic Congress of Anglicans to be held in Fort Worth, Texas July 13-17, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel and St. Andrews.

05/07/2015
Videos

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
SPRING 2015

EVANGELION RECORDINGS ONLINE: The videos for the Evangelion conference the Secker Society co-sponsored last month in New York are now available online at: http://evangeliontec.org/videos .Thank you to everyone who supported this event and helped to make it a success. Next year’s Evangelion conference is being planned for Spring again, this time for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PRINTED LITURGICAL CALENDARS: The Secker Society has a number of printed Prayer Book liturgical calendars for the 2015 year still available: http://seckersociety.com/shop.htm

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC CONGRESS OF ANGLICANS: The Secker Society will be in Texas again this Summer, for the International Catholic Congress of Anglicans: http://www.fifna.org/news-events/international-catholic-congress-of-anglicans/ , July 13-17; please stop by our booth for a visit if you will be in attendance.

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATESWINTER 2014-2015 RENEWAL WINTER 2014-2015. A special Winter issue of “Renewal” is o...
03/04/2015
The Secker Society

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
WINTER 2014-2015



RENEWAL WINTER 2014-2015. A special Winter issue of “Renewal” is on its way to friends and supporters. Articles in the issue include: Leonidas Polk: Saint of the Confederacy?, A Survey of Anglo-Catholicism - Part I, Petitions of the Book of Common Prayer, George Grant and the Anglican Church of Canada.



EVANGELION 2015: Please note that portions of the conference we are co-sponsoring with the Diocese of Albany this April 24-26th are to be recorded by our friends at Anglican.TV. Scheduled speakers and preachers for the conference include: The Rev. Dr. Lee Gatiss, director of Church Society in the Church of England, the Rev. Philip Wainwright of the Barnabas Project, author Thomas Isham, the Rt. Rev. William Love, Bishop of Albany, and the Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Retired Bishop of Albany. For more information on Evangelion 2015, or to register, visit evangeliontec.org.



NEW TRACTS: We have added two new tracts, “Classical Services in Your Parish”, and “An Anglican Fellowship in Your Community” to our website, which may be viewed at seckersociety.com/tracts.htm.

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATESEND OF YEAR 2014 Merry Christmas “Therefore dearly beloved, let us not forget this ...
12/25/2014
International Catholic Congress of Anglicans - FIFNA

THE SECKER SOCIETY – NEWS AND UPDATES
END OF YEAR 2014

Merry Christmas

“Therefore dearly beloved, let us not forget this exceeding love of our Lord and Saviour, let us not show our selves unmindful or unthankful toward him: but let us love him, fear him, obey him, and serve him. Let us confess him with our mouths, praise him with our tongues, believe on him with our hearts, and glorify him with our good works.”

THANK YOU: A special thank you to all of our supporters who have generously contributed time and other resources to our work over the 2014 year. We have been exceptionally blessed through your gifts this year.

ANGLICAN WAY INSTITUTE: The Secker Society would like to again thank the clergy and staff of the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas, Texas, for allowing us to have a table at their Summer Conference again this past year. We look forward to seeing old friends, and making new ones, at the upcoming 2015 International Catholic Congress of Anglicans, http://www.fifna.org/news-events/international-catholic-congress-of-anglicans/, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, July 13-17th.

EVANGELION 2015: The Secker Society will also be at this year's "Evangelion 2015" conference that we are co-sponsoring in the area of Albany, New York, April 24-26th. To learn more about this event, or to register to attend, please visit: http://evangeliontec.weebly.com/.

WINTER RENEWAL: A special Winter 2014-2015 issue of "Renewal" is to be sent out later in the season, to include the following articles: Leonidas Polk: Saint of the Confederacy?, A Survey of Anglo-Catholicism, Petitions of the Book of Common Prayer, George Grant and the Anglican Church of Canada.

POETRY SUBMISSIONS: We hope to be including original poetry in future issues of "Renewal"; submissions of poetry may be sent to our poetry editor, Michael W. Davis, whose email address may be found on our contact page: http://seckersociety.com/contact.htm

RENEWAL ONLINE: The article "The Canadian High Tory Anglican Tradition" from "Renewal" No. 5 has been added to the past articles available to read online here: http://seckersociety.com/canadianhightorytradition.htm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR: The liturgical calendar hosted on our website has been updated for the 2015 year, and may be viewed at:http://seckersociety.com/january.htm

LOST EMAIL: Due to technical problems we did not receive messages submitted through the contact page of our website for most of the 2014 year. If you sent a comment or enquiry and did not receive a response, please resubmit it. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to our friends and supporters.

Join us for the International Catholic Congress of Anglicans to be held in Fort Worth, Texas July 13-17, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel and St. Andrews.

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Could someone direct me to access to Archbishop Secker's work 'Wedding Ring'? Thank you.
Which Do You Want – the Law or the Promise? Do we not wonder sometimes just what God is doing? We are in this challenging Chapter 3 of the letter to the disciples of Jesus Christ in Galatia. Paul is seeking to answer this difficult question – what is the place and purpose of the Commandments and where does the mercy and grace and love and forgiveness of God fit into all this? It became a real problem then and for many it remains a serious issue today. False teachers had thrown and shaken these disciples of Jesus, and wherever they appear they continue to throw and shake and even undermine. There are many false teachers around. The Commandments have a limited application. They can prevent you from becoming worse, regarding your behaviour, but they cannot make you righteous in the eyes of God. For righteousness in the sight of God we need a Saviour – a Redeemer – a Rescuer – and God the Father provided Jesus Christ Who fulfilled that role completely – and He still does. Here we see something of the wisdom of God, and how He knows what He is doing. He always does. Now know that. Believe that. As disciples of Jesus Christ we should be maturing to that stage where we do not need the laws of God regarding behaviour. Some people may always need them, because they just refuse to mature. How many leaders wish they had paid attention to what God has said regarding adultery? How many businessmen wish they had listened to, "You shall not STEAL"? Rules are needed for order. In school, walk on this side of the corridor - behave at the table - and then one day, that child is trusted with the keys of the home. Rules shut you in - limiting you – but the key - the promise - the Gospel - releases you. That is why the law is inferior to the promise. Which do you want – the law or the promise? The law was given through angels, and through Moses, to the people, but the promise was given directly to Abraham from God - and to us directly, through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have found that I keep having to explain who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus Christ does – because so few are aware of His Sovereign role – let people see and know who Jesus Christ is! Verse 20 - If you use a middle man - a mediator - you have a go-between - you are almost negotiating - and in one sense that was true - "If you do - I will bless". The promise is not like that. It is a Covenant. God speaks. It is one sided - no negotiating - and no 'ifs'. In these ‘modern times’ many people are unwilling to appreciate that truth – they want to negotiate with God and perhaps even argue with God. In one sense, that can be all right provided we understand that we will not ‘win’ that ‘argument’. I cannot bargain with God. I cannot negotiate with God. I cannot bargain with my Creator and Saviour and Redeemer and Lord. The law is there to deal with our wrong doing. If passing laws could improve people, we would be perfect, when you consider what Holyrood, Westminster, and Europe, have passed over these past few years. You cannot make an honest man by Act of Parliament. The trouble is due to SIN. Paul is saying here - no law can make you good - but the promise of God can transform a man - rescue a man - empower a man – and equip a man. People know when they are on the run from the law - or from GOD. The truth shall set you FREE. I am the truth. This whole and clear and simple teaching is to be found John Chapter 8 and verse 31 - spoken to those who were becoming believers - "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." Paul wanted these Galatian believers in Jesus Christ to keep their freedom – and not to lose it. “Loving Father, we thank You and praise You for all that You give us - we thank You for Jesus – a Saviour who loves us and leads us and guides us.” Amen. (This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous articles may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org - in the 'Archives' section. Warmest greetings in Christ Jesus.)