The Anglican tradition traces its roots back to the earliest Christian centuries in the British or Celtic Isles. Because of this longevity, we in the Anglican Church have the fullness of the Christian heritage available to us. Indeed, we stand in a unique position. We are a church that benefited from the good of the Reformation, but remained essentially what we had always been: Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. For us though, the past is not an end in itself, rather, our tradition sets the course for a stable way forward. We are a church meeting the challenges of our present world by giving our community a consistent liturgical life which honors our heritage, and offers a holistic approach to living a complete life in Jesus Christ.
Our lives revolve around particular habits, rhythms, and occasions. In particular, there is a distinct rhythm to our daily lives, as we see reflected in the created order around us. The Anglican Way seeks to integrate the habits and rhythms of our lives with the life of the Church – her worship, prayers, and praise – so that the two are not compartmentalized, but one holistic life. This is the rationale behind our Book of Common Prayer, which contains daily prayer services for mornings, evenings, families (and many other occasions), Holy Communion, and special days commemorating significant events or persons in the life of the Church. As Anglican Christians, we are faithful to this consistent liturgical life, and through these means we have stability and simplicity of life grounded in the truth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The Anglican Way is an anchor in our present time. We look first to the Holy Scriptures for our faith and practice. We are interested in the truth of Jesus Christ, both in His Person and His teaching revealed in Holy Scripture. We also honor the Great Tradition of the Church, and various Anglican formularies that shape us further. As Anglican Christians, perhaps our greatest gift is our liturgy, which is the classic English liturgy of the Christian Church. It is second to none in its articulation of Christian worship. Our liturgy embodies truth, beauty, and righteousness, which is precisely what we endeavor to pursue. Through the use of these gifts, and by virtue of our common prayer and worship, we are anchored to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.