We are a biblical Church
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inerrant and infallible Word of God, and that they contain all doctrine necessary for salvation.
While there are a great many worthwhile translations of the Holy Bible, the texts that are authorized for use in our parishes are the King James Version (KJV) and the Authorized King James Version (AKJV). Other translations are used frequently for Bible study and other purposes as approved by the Bishop Ordinary.
We are a sacramental Church
The Anglican Church in America regards the two Gospel Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion as being 'necessary to salvation'. Five other Sacraments including: Confirmation, Penance, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Holy Unction complete the primary seven Sacraments of the undivided Church.
We are a liturgical Church
Our churches worship God using the timeless services of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the American or Anglican Missals. Both of these have texts that go back to the very earliest liturgies of the Christian tradition. Other service booklets or texts, such as the "Traditional St. Augustine Prayerbook", are used as approved by the Bishop Ordinary.
The primary authorized hymnal is the "1940 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church". "Hymns Ancient and Modern" is also used upon approval. Other musical texts are also widely used to enhance our classical Anglican worship.
We are a creedal Church
“I believe in one God…” so begins the Nicene Creed. The Anglican Church in America accepts the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed as succinct summaries of the Christian faith. The statements made in these creeds are both our personal and corporate expression of our faith.
We are an Apostolic Church
The Anglican Church in America maintains the three major catholic orders of deacon, priest, and bishop. Our bishops are consecrated within the historic apostolic succession that traces back to the original Apostles of Jesus Christ.
In addition to the major orders, we uphold the minor orders of reader and subdeacon as well as the ancient lay vocation of deaconesses. These minor orders are not ordained but are “called and set apart” lay ministries for the good of the Church.
We are a timeless Church
From our faith to our governance of the Church, we haven’t changed much over the two millennia history of the Church. Our worship services are timeless and our focus on the Holy Scriptures set us apart as the antidote for the struggles and foolishness of modern society.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Morning Prayer is a classical prayer service in the Anglican tradition. It uses readings from the Old and New Testaments, the Psalms, and collective prayers. Morning Prayer provides an excellent way to start the day in the presence of God.
Holy Communion, commonly called the Mass, is the principal service of the undivided Church. Mass is celebrated each Sunday at Anglican churches throughout the world where we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
Evening Prayer, commonly called Evensong when it is sung, is a quintessential Anglican service involving Biblical readings and prayers. This is a deeply moving service that prepares the soul for the evening's rest.
The Anglican Church in America (ACA) is a branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church instituted by Jesus Christ. The word 'Anglican' refers to our spiritual heritage and roots in the Church of England.
The ACA is the American Province of the Traditional Anglican Church. "Anglican" simply means "English" in Latin. Our branch of the Catholic Church is as old as the Roman Catholic branch and nearly as old as the eastern catholic, or Orthodox branch of the universal Church. Legend suggests that Joseph of Arimathea brought the catholic faith to England and that Aristobulus was consecrated the first Anglican bishop by Saint Paul before St. Peter reached Rome. Historic documents list three Anglican bishops as in attendance at the Council of Nicea in 325.
In 596 the Bishop of Rome, Gregory the Great, saw fair-haired, blue-eyed slaves on display in a Roman market. He asked where they were from, and when he was told about the British Isles, he instructed St. Augustine of Canterbury to travel to England to bring the Christian Faith. Imagine the surprise of St. Augustine when he arrived to discover the Anglican Church firmly established with cathedrals, monasteries, parish churches, and a valid apostolic succession of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
Our jurisdiction was formed in 1977 by Anglican bishops, clergy, and faithful to preserve traditional Anglo-Catholic doctrine and forms of worship in the face of rampant changes in liturgy, morality, and Order, by those which threatened the historic Apostolic Succession.
Today the Traditional Anglican Church has dioceses and parishes in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Zambia, South Africa, India, the Torres Strait and Australia. By preserving the faith once delivered to our fathers, the jurisdiction has ensured the continuation of the Anglican expression of the Catholic Faith.
Sadly, many churches no longer hold fast to the faith of their fathers and mothers. Some even criticize traditional Anglicans for remaining apart to maintain the faith and the Apostolic Succession. To the critics we say, "We believe what you used to believe. We worship the way you used to worship. If you were right then, we are right now."