About Me

My name is Father Steve Macias and I am a Priest in California’s Silicon Valley.

I am the Headmaster at Canterbury Christian School and Rector of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church.

I am a presbyter (priest/pastor/minister) in the Reformed Episcopal Church, a founding jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America.

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    Persecution of Christians in India (Zoom Discussion)

    Persecution of Christians in India (Zoom Discussion)

    On Tuesday, February 23rd, I’ll be presenting on “Hindutva” as part of an online Zoom discussion on the persecution of Christians in India.

    “Hindutva” is a very dangerous socio-political ideology that combines a xenophobic version of Hindu extremism with a militarized and violent nationalist political ideology. Scholars on Indian politics refer to it as “Saffron Terror” and it is associated with Hindu nationalist organizations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The...

    My First 7AM Mass

    My First 7AM Mass

    I’ve put myself into a strange schedule for Lent. I’ve decided to, “say mass” (or as we typically describe it in Anglicanism “celebrate Holy Communion”) every day during Lent.

    We have 46 days in Lent – six of them are Sundays where we have normally have our weekly communion service. Monday through Saturday in Lent 2021, I’ll be offering a daily 7 AM Holy Communion service.

    Today was my first one. I got up and set up the church in...

    Anglican Christians without Canterbury?

    Anglican Christians without Canterbury?

    Dr. Charles Erlandson’s book, Orthodox Anglican Identity: The Quest for Unity in a Diverse Religious Tradition (Wipf and Stock: 2020) is a well thought through effort to mark out a meaningful definition for theologically orthodox Anglicanism. (Buy on Amazon) Erlandson recognizes the increasing difficulty in defining Anglicanism and acknowledges the existence of various and often insufficient answers provided throughout the fractured global Anglican Communion. Erlandson posits his narrowed definition of orthodox Anglicanism as a response to a “naturalistic and man-centered...

    Books I Read in January 2021

    Books I Read in January 2021

    In January 2021, I finished 10 books. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

    by Matthew McConaughey
    Link: https://amzn.to/3j8Jqwf

    The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
    by Rod Dreher
    Link: https://amzn.to/3rhJMDz

    Benedict’s Way: An Ancient Monk’s Insights for a Balanced Life
    by Lonni Collins Pratt, Daniel Homan
    Link: https://amzn.to/3tkQLgW

    Mark for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone)
    by NT (Tom) Wright
    Link: https://amzn.to/3aoK44D

    The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality
    by Greg Peters
    Link: https://amzn.to/3cy4JWC

    Orthodox Anglican Identity: The Quest for Unity in a...

    How Benedictine Spirituality Came to Celtic Christianity and the English Church

    How Benedictine Spirituality Came to Celtic Christianity and the English Church

    The formalization of religious monasticism into the fabric of Christian identity coincided with the collapse of the Roman Empire. Historians mark the year 476 AD as its end when its last emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed. It is in crisis where monasticism takes on a truer sense of its own Christian identity.

    Reflecting on the impact of monastics, Archbishop Rowan Williams writes:

    “The life that Augustine, Aidan, Hilda and others lived was one that offered a new future to those around...

    Prayerbook Asceticism

    Prayerbook Asceticism

    The Anglican Book of Common Prayer reintroduces a monastic identity to the Church in England in two significant ways.

    First, it’s nearly the same narrative of St. Benedict’s own Rule. When the way of the ancient monastery had become overly complicated by long and difficult to follow rules, St. Benedict introduced a simple plan for balance. Cranmer follows the same example in offering the Daily Office as a simplified monastic rite.

    Secondly, Cranmer also maintains the integrity of Benedict’s three-fold...