Our term “Anglican” means “English Church,” and is descriptive of a tradition within Christianity as the ancient Catholic Church in England that separated from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century, intact with its Bishops, Priests and Deacons, seven Sacraments and glorious liturgy, then translated into English, and reformed minimally, surgically, to remove what they believed had grown in error in the mother church. In the United States, after the American Revolution, adherents to this way of following Christ took the name “Episcopal.”
In recent decades, innovations and new directions in the Episcopal Church USA have caused some former members to stand apart, calling ourselves simply “Anglican.” With a great number of groups now using that descriptive word, it takes some further explanation to best describe St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, and the Anglican Province of Christ the King. One great source of further history of this movement is available on our provincial website at www.anglicanpck.org.
Our province was formed in the mid-1970s and has kept the practice of the church prior to that time, using exclusively the 1928 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church USA, while that body ratified and took another manual for worship. We also use the 1940 Hymnal, a classical collection of timeless church music from the ages. We are Eucharist-centered: our altars gracing the central position in the church and our focus on God during the major portions of our services gives evidence that we come to Him in this church.
You may see more of what we believe in the section What Do You Believe?