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14 January 2016 | by Carmody Grey

We are not supposed to think of the Church of England as a ‘Church’ Premium

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When our sovereign was crowned, the Scriptures were placed in her hands with an awesome pronouncement: “We present you with this book, the most valuable thing this world affords.” This sentiment always prompts in me the response that the most valuable thing this world affords must rather be the Blessed Sacrament. But I nevertheless find the words moving to the point of tears. They inspire in me a deep wonder, and a gratitude not only for the Queen herself but for her religious office and the Church whose government she was anointed to bear. But we are not supposed, apparently, to think of the Church of England as a “Church”. Just an “ecclesial community”, which has neither apostolic succession nor true sacraments. The declaration that Anglican sacrament




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