WHO WE ARE
St. Michael and All Angels is a Traditional Anglican Catholic Parish in the Diocese of the South. Archbishop Mark Haverland is our bishop. We are a church that C.S. Lewis would have been proud to call his home church. Our liturgy comes from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
Why do we worship in this traditional manner?
This is the way by which christians have worshipped for hundreds of years. Our service is directly linked to the worship of the early church that we see from the very beginning of the church.
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Why do we call ourselves Anglican? Are we part of the Anglican Communion
We call ourselves Anglican because our prayerbook tradition orginates from England. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in the sixteenth century compiled the 1549 and 1552 Books of Common Prayer. Now, this was not a new religion but simply a return to the Early Church. So, in this way we are part of the Church Catholic.
We are anglicans, but we are not a part of the Anglican Communion in the sense that we are in communion with Canterbury.
Why do you use the 1928 prayerbook?
We use a prayerbook because it give us all a common liturgy in our vernacular tongue, English. This way one can know that we are not making things up as we go, but rather we stick to a traditional liturgy that has been handed down to us through the centuries. It also includes offices that you can do at home as well with your families and talk about the Faith with your children.
Now, why the 1928 prayerbook? You may have heard of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. There are many reasons for this, but if you look at it then you will see that it is a very different book from its predecessor. We beleive that the 1928 Prayerbook was the last faithful prayerbook.
What is the Real Presence? Is it the same as Transubstantiation like my Roman Catholic friends believe?
In St. John 6, we see that Jesus says we eat his flesh and drink his blood. This is biblical and so we beleive, as the Early Church did, that Christ is present in the Eucharist. This is the definition of Real Presence, Jesus tells us in this chapter that it is real body and real blood. So, the Church has always taught that He is indeed present.
When one says that they beleive in the Real Presence it is common to associate this with Transubstantiation. Transubstantiation is Real Presence but Real Presence is not necessairly Transubstantiation. We do not require any member to have a prticular view, as long as they beleive in Real Presence. There are many viewpoints, such as consubstantiation and mysterium tremundum( Great Mystery).
Do you worship Mary?
This is a common misconception about the idea of veneration. We honor Mary because our Lord honored her. For example, see St. John 2. It has been a tradition of the Church to honor her. So, we continue that tradition. The Society of Mary would be a great place to start to learn more about the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Why do we use "older" language?
This is a common question. One issue is that modern language is not as strong as the older form. For instance, liveth and livest. The first one is the suffix for the third person and the second is the suffix for the second person. In addition, the older style gives us beautful meaningful words like “sundry,” “vouchsafe,” and many others. These words are much stronger than their modern counterparts. Also, the prayerbook has great poetry to it. The Coverdale Psalter for example is so beautiful, whereas modern language attempts have not done it justice. These prayers, the psalter, and even the King James Bible provides a beautiful rendering that makes our worship a joyful sound to the ears of Almighty God. If it was good enough for our ancestors, it should still be good for us.
Do you accept the doctrine of the Trinity?
Yes, as Christians we realize that the trinity is presented throughout all scripture as the nature of God. God exists in three distinct persons: The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. St. Tertullian wrote a work on this and has been accepted by the Church Catholic since the beginning.
Archbishop Mark Haverland
Archbishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the South and Rector
The Archbishop serves as the Bishop of our Diocese and also as the Metropolitan of the Original Province. His office is at St. Stephens Pro-Cathedral in Athens, GA.
He also serves as the rector of this parish.
Fr. Brandon Cribbs
Fr. Brandon is from St. Augustine, FL. He assists in services and also is known to teach bible studies from time to time. He loves the Old Testament as a part of God’s Redepmptive Plan. He enjoys Hebrew!
Fr. Laurence Wells
Rector Emeritus/Founding Priest
Fr. Wells is the founding priest of our parish. He and his wife, Olga, are such an important part of St. Michael and All Angels. He currently serves as the Ward Superior for the Society of Mary.
Kathy is our organist and is also the mother of one of our own members, Kathleen Ball. She comes from the Reformed Tradition and knows the 1940 Hymnal very well! We are blessed to have her!
Sue is an active member of this parish. She has been involved with many ministries at SMAA including the Society of Mary. She is the contact for the Society of Mary and has a heart for people, no doubt due to her many years as a nurse. She still works as a nurse at River Garden. We are extremely blessed to have her with us!
Laurie McDonagh is married to Denny and is a mother of 3 grown sons. She was raised in New York, and worked as an registered nurse and has been a lifelong Episcopalian. She has been a member of St. Michael and All Angels for about 6 yrs. She loves to sing in the choir, and serve in the following ministries: Flower Guild, Co- chair of ACW, Vestry member. She is also a member of the Society of Mary.
Kaye is originally from England and a life-long anglican! She is always ready to welcome a new person to our congregation!
Kathleen serves in many roles at our parish from member of the Society of Mary to singing in the choir! She always has a positive attitude and is welcoming to all.
Judy, with her husband Joe, are faithful members of St. Michael and All Angels. They are active members and ready to serve in whatever ministry they feel God is leading them to in a particular season!
Michael serves as an acolyte and has two lovely daughters. He loves this parish and we are blessed to have him!
Olga is the wife of the Rector Emeritus, Fr. Wells. She is dedicated to the parish and is loved by all! She is the choir directress, the sacristan of the parish, and leads the Womens Bible Study.