The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy: The Book of Common Prayer, 1559-1906
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The Book of Common Prayer, with local variations, is still used in churches inside and outside the Anglican Communion in over 50 countries and in over 150 languages. The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy is the first study to trace the evolution and reception of the BCP, from the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 to the Royal Commission report of 1906, when work on a new prayer book was begun.

Written by a world authority, here is an illuminating and highly readable account of the ascent and decline of a world classic, which still informs our common language as well as much of the great literature of the past four centuries. It will appeal not only to students of liturgy but also to general readers interested in history, literature, theology, and cultural studies.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: SPCK
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.47 (inches)
ISBN: 0281076057
ISBN-13: 9780281076055

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Most histories of Church of England liturgy, for good reason, begin in the 1530s and center on the 1549 and 1552 Books of Common Prayer. That is important for initial doctrinal changes and the establishment of the liturgical text. However, both liturgies were extremely short-lived, and the real history of the Book of Common Prayer as the Liturgy of the Church of England begins with the Elizabethan Settlement in 1559, and a long tenure of the enacted Elizabethan liturgy. The only revision of any note was that of 1662, and this revision lasted without serious challenge until the nineteenth century and without legal alternative until the twentieth century. This study therefore concentrates on 1559 until the Report of the Royal Commission in 1906, which paved the way for liturgical revision.

Author Bio

Bryan D. Spinks is The Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology, Yale Divinity School. His previous books include , , and .

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