WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANGLO-CATHOLIC AND ROMAN CATHOLIC?
There are several differences in emphasis in our worship and in our understanding of the Church. While we revere and respect the office of the Bishop of Rome, and recognize him as a most important spiritual leader in Christendom, we do not understand his See to have direct authority over the Anglican Communion. While we believe that we are catholics in the sense that the word means “universal”, and we follow what the church and scriptures have taught, and what has been believed everywhere, always and by all, Rome does not recognize Anglican orders.
On the other hand, our worship and reverence for the scriptures, our celebrations of the lives of the saints as living examples of the Gospel, and our belief that God our Father sent His Son to become a particular man in a particular place at a particular time in our history to be the full revelation of the Holy Trinity as Jesus Christ are quite similar to the Roman Church. We too believe that the inspired recollection of these historical facts is contained within the Holy Scriptures as interpreted by the Traditions of the Church through the centuries, aided by human reason guided by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Our Incarnational, liturgical and sacramental worship reflects the truth that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, even as we reflect on what that means in how we live the lives God our Father has given us.
WHAT IS OUR COMMUNION?
We are Christians in our faith, and Anglicans in our expression of that faith thorugh our membership in Forward in Faith and the Anglican Communion Network. The Anglican Communion consists of over 70 million souls around the world, overseen by 38 Primates. We are a Parish of the Diocese of Quincy under Bishop Alberto Morales, a Diocese that has clearly affrimed the historic catholic Christian faith. Unfortunately, The Episcopal Church, (TEC), formerly known as The Episcopal Church of the United States of America, (ECUSA), has failed to follow the historic Christian faith and is in the process of walking apart from the Anglican Communion. We prayerfully await the creation of a new body within the United States to be recognized as the faithful and orthodox expression of Anglican Christianity, and look to the Primates for this leadership.
HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL SERVICE?
Our Matins and Low Mass with homily last approximately 45 minutes. High Mass with homily lasts just over an hour. If you have never attended a High Mass service, we urge you to attend ours! It is a beautiful service filled with song, incense and chanting as well as the Holy Eucharist.
AM I ALLOWED TO TAKE COMMUNION?
Anglican guidelines for communion are as follows: visitors and guests who have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity and have been admitted to the Communion in their own churches, who recognize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, whose conscience permits, and who are duly prepared to make their Communion are invited to receive Holy Communion.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH?
If you would like to become a member of our church, Father Guill would be happy to meet with you. Please call our office at (615) 292-9935 to schedule an appointment. Your membership status will be determined by, among other things, whether you are baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity, whether you are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, or whether you are someone seeking further insights into the Christian Life.
DO YOU OFFER CHILD CARE DURING SUNDAY SERVICES?
We do provide nursery care for infants and toddlers free of charge from 8:15 a.m. through the end of High Mass on Sundays. Child care is also available during the High Masses offered on announced High Feast Days.
DO YOU HAVE FELLOWSHIP AFTER SUNDAY SERVICES?
Absolutely! After every High Mass our parish family meets in the Parish Hall for coffee and fellowship. While we acknowledge humility as an important Christian virtue, we must say we have one of the best Parish fellowships in Nashville!