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What Episcopalians believe

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

The Rev. Ivan Cendese is the priest at St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Episcopalians are a branch of the worldwide Anglican Church. The Anglican Church was never a Reformed church in that it was never a part of the Reformation that took place at the time. Henry the Eight, the King of England wanted more control over the religious institutions and declared England independent from the Church of Rome and the authority of the Pope. At no time did Henry refute the doctrines of the Church of Rome. In fact prior to this separation from Rome, Henry defended the doctrines of the Church against the Reformation taking place on the European Continent. For this he was given the title of “Defender of Faith” by then Pope Leo X.

The Church of England was buffeted by Protestant influences following the death of Henry the Eight and successive rulers, but it was Elizabeth the 1st that established what has became known as a Church that was neither Protestant or Roman Catholic. The liturgy, vestments, prayers and doctrines are rooted in this Elizabethan settlement that still defines the Episcopal Church today.

The Episcopal Church established itself as an authentic American Church about the same time as America won its independence from England.

The Rev. Ivan Cendese is the priest at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

For the complete article see the 10-23-2013 issue.

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