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.
The Anglican Catholic Church is one of the jurisdictions that was founded as a result of a group of continuing clergy and laity that met in St.Louis and together along with the other Continuing Churches agreed on the tenants of Traditional Anglicanism. This document is known as the Affirmation of St. Louis. You can view this document here: https://saintmichaelsanglican.org/posts/the-affirmation-of-st-louis/
We are traditional and probably will not find another parish in the area quite like ours. We worship in the way that Christians have worshipped for centuries. We do not follow the fads or trends of culture, we only follow what Christians have been doing since the beginning. Everyone is welcome! Our only mission is to stay true to Christ’s Church.
You will find a parish with the heart of a family when you visit St. Michael and All Angels. No one should ever feel like they do not belong. If you have difficulty with following the liturgy, one of our great parishoners would be happy to help. If you are not sure if you are invited, you absolutely are invited to come.
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.
Our church is governed by the Bible, Book of Common Prayer, the Canons of the Anglican Catholic Church, and the Seven Ecumencial Councils. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God and we believe that the Bible contains all things necessary for salvation. We follow the Book of Common Prayer as our rule of life. It is the standard for liturgical worship in the ACC. Every Eucharistic Service is done using this text. In essence, it puts us all on a “common” ground. We are governed by the Canons of the ACC. Canon means a “measuring rod.” All of our clergy and laity adhere to its standards. The Seven Ecumencial Councils are councils that contain authority and from the councils we have elements such as the Nicene Creed, doctrines of the Trinity and much, much more.
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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.
Can I receive communion at this parish?
If you are baptized and receive at your home church, then you are welcome to receive here provided that you are in right fellowship with God and your neighbor.
If you would like to become a member here, then you would need to be confirmed by thr bishop on one of his episcopal visitations to our parish. However, if you have recieved communion then you would not need to stop. The prayerbook is clear in this regard.
It is not our practice to admit children to communion until the age at which they are confirmed. However, any child or person who is not baptized is welcome to come forward with their arms crossed and receive a blessing.
Why is the priest not facing me during mass?
This is a great question as it has become a custom for hte priest to be facing ad populum (Towards the people). The simple answer is that we follow that which has always been done. There is a long history of Ad Orientem (Eastward facing). Ad orientem is the term used to describe when the priest faces the altar. Our altars are always in the east.
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.
The Archbishop has a blog that you can view at:
Fr. Brandon Cribbs
Fr. Brandon is from St. Augustine, FL. He leads services and also is known to teach bible studies from time to time. He loves the Old Testament as a part of God’s Redemptive Plan. He enjoys Hebrew!
He was ordained as a deacon on May 1st 2020 (Feast of St. Phillip and St. James) and ordained as a priest on January 9th 2021.
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 serves as the Ward Superior for the Society
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!
Bud has been a member here at SMAA for many years. He has served on the vestry in many roles. He has done landscaping for our parish as a gift to the parish.We are so thankful for him and his wife, Bridget.
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!
Todd has been an anglican for many years. He has two children. He is the Troop Liason for Trail Life Troop #33
Scott has been a member of SMAA for many years. He serves as an acolyte on Sunday. His father served as Senior Warden. His family were a part of the parish from the beginning. We are so thankful for him and his family!
Scott is the husband of Dana West and has two children. He is always lending a helping hand to anyone who needs it. He also helps with our church website!
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!
Gary has been a fiathful member of St. Michaels all of his life. He serves as an acolyte faithfully every week. He was instrumental in starting the Trail Life Troop #33 at our parish.