The chair of the Prayer Book Society has pulled together major essays on the most influential prayer book in English, sorting out its history, language, theology, current usage, and role in mission. Phrases from the BCP show up in liturgies of all denominations and have profoundly influenced everyday piety. 176 pages, softcover. Continuum.
The words of The Book of Common Prayer have worked their way deeply into the hearts and minds of English-speaking people, second only to the English Bible and the works of Shakespeare. This collection of essays seeks not only to explore and commemorate the Book of Common Prayer's influence in the past but also to commend it for present use, and as an indispensable part of the Church's future -- both as a working liturgy and as the definitive source of Anglican doctrine.
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