The 40th Article
Whenever I’m in an Anglican church I like to turn to the 39 articles of religion: the underlying beliefs of Anglicans.
I’m fond of many of the articles, including The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England and the more outspoken The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God but I’m particularly fond of the 24th article:
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments, in a tongue not understanded of the people.
Yesterday I was at a wedding and would like to add a 40th article:
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the ear to have public hymn singing in a key not reachable by the people.