Our Founders Said:
The Faith of our Forefathers
For the use of an altar is to make sacrifice upon it: the use of a table is to serve for men to eat upon. Now when we come to the Lords board, what do we come for? To sacrifice Christ again, and to crucify him again; or to feed upon him that was once only crucified and offered up for us? If we come to feed upon him, spiritually to eat his body, and spiritually to drink his blood, which is the true use of the Lords Supper; then no man can deny but the form of a table is more meet for the Lords board than the form of an altar.
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
but one altar, the Cross of Calvary. We know but one priest, even the
Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. We restore the
simple table of the Lord. We proclaim the elements of bread and wine to be only
symbols, tokens, pledges of His love. We commemorate the one
perfect, finished sacrifice. We adore Him with unmeasured love. We feed on Him
only in our hearts, by faith.
Bishop George D. Cummins
First Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church
We framed our whole liturgy on the principles laid down in this declaration. [Declaration of Principles] From cover to cover you will nowhere find a minister of the gospel called a "priest". We require that the minister in delivering the bread to the communicant should call it "bread", and when delivering the cup should call it "wine". Thus our Church bears perpetual witness to the fact that no change takes place in these emblems through the prayer of consecration.
made the Christian Year to be a memorial of no sinful mortal, however pure his
life, or glorious his death. From one end to the other, it reveals "Jesus
only." Like the old painter, who, finding that in his picture of the Lord's
Supper, the chalice which held the wine drew the admiration of beholders, and
so in his jealousy for Christ's glory, dashed his brush through the rare
painting of the cup, we blotted out from our Church Year, all which could
distract attention from Jesus our Lord.
Bishop Charles Edward Cheney,
(The preceding quotes of Bps. Cummins and
Cheney referred to the traditional Reformed Episcopal Book of Common Prayer,
and are not reflected in the new REC BCP.)
At the Third General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church, they [the founders] wrote into the Articles of Religion: "Holy Scripture is therefore the Word of God; not only does it contain the Oracles of God, but it is itself the very Oracles of God." Our Founders again and again voiced their conviction that the Bible is supreme in all matters of faith and practice.
Bishop William Culbertson III,
(The preceding quote refers to the 35 Articles of Religion. The 39 Articles do not make this strong statement respecting the authority of Scripture. See also the Declaration Denial here.)