The "Book of Common Prayer"

A Biography

Author: Alan Jacobs

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400848024

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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While many of us are familiar with such famous words as, "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here. . ." or "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust," we may not know that they originated with The Book of Common Prayer, which first appeared in 1549. Like the words of the King James Bible and Shakespeare, the language of this prayer book has saturated English culture and letters. Here Alan Jacobs tells its story. Jacobs shows how The Book of Common Prayer--from its beginnings as a means of social and political control in the England of Henry VIII to its worldwide presence today--became a venerable work whose cadences express the heart of religious life for many. The book's chief maker, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, created it as the authoritative manual of Christian worship throughout England. But as Jacobs recounts, the book has had a variable and dramatic career in the complicated history of English church politics, and has been the focus of celebrations, protests, and even jail terms. As time passed, new forms of the book were made to suit the many English-speaking nations: first in Scotland, then in the new United States, and eventually wherever the British Empire extended its arm. Over time, Cranmer's book was adapted for different preferences and purposes. Jacobs vividly demonstrates how one book became many--and how it has shaped the devotional lives of men and women across the globe.

Using the Book of Common Prayer

A simple guide

Author: Paul Thomas

Publisher: Church House Publishing

ISBN: 0715142763

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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The Book of Common Prayer remains at the heart of the Church of England and using it is an essential skill for all clergy and readers, yet many are no longer familiar with its contents. This practical guide explains how to use the Book of Common Prayer in a way that is accessible and informative. Introducing this central tradition of Anglican worship without using technical language or assuming prior knowledge, it is intended as a beginner’s guide for ordinands and readers, especially those for whom the Prayer Book tradition may be alien. Part 1 of the book offers a general introduction to the history, theology and liturgical character of the BCP. It also explores the place and meaning of ‘common prayer’ within the Anglican tradition. Part 2 offers general practical advice on the principal services of the BCP, how to use them, and where flexibility is permitted. Using the Book of Common Prayer will help its readers come to a renewed appreciation of the place of the Book of Common Prayer in the distinctive tradition of Anglican praise and prayer.

Sacramental Life

Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer

Author: David A. deSilva

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830835180

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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David A. deSilva uses the principles of spiritual formation as an entryway into the Book of Common Prayer. His book explores how Christians can be spiritually formed by the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist, marriage and last rites.

Living Faithfully as a Prayer Book People

Author: John H. Westerhoff III

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 0819225673

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Episcopalians consider themselves to be people whose individual and corporate lives are shaped by the Book of Common Prayer, but aside from worship on Sunday morning, few know what fills its nearly 1,000 pages. John Westerhoff, Episcopal priest and Christian educator, walks readers through the ways in which the contents of the Prayer Book can (and should) shape the life of those who call themselves Episcopalians. An excellent resource for parish study or reading in advance of seminary training, Westerhoff explores a brief history of the Prayer Book, and the ways in which it shapes us as pilgrim and prayerful people. How Episcopalians live into their baptism, live a Eucharistic and reconciling life, as well as a life of wholeness and health are explored in detail. All of this, as Westerhoff writes, helps us lead a holy life, and one day, to a holy death. John H. Westerhoff is an Episcopal priest, the former professor of theology and Christian nurture at Duke University, the author of many books about Christian education and life. For the last decade he has been theologian-in-residence at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Book of Not So Common Prayer

A New Way to Pray, A New Way to Live

Author: Linda McCullough Moore

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426787391

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Practical and spiritual insight provided with a counselor’s genius for offering something actionable—this handbook offers nothing less than a changed life, and a radical call. Linda McCullough Moore builds compelling for a life founded on prayer, delivering a well-supported methodical progression of concrete steps to prayer. Beautifully written, evocative, and intelligent, this primer includes stories of transformation that encourage a new way of praying and of living a vibrant faith. Introducing a “Rule of Life” and bringing spiritual and prayer disciplines to real-time life, the author brings readers to a submergence into a radical prayer life, one small step at a time. Includes a prayer guide, useful tools, and “real” prayers—the kind of prayers we pray in private, not on the stage.

Praying Shapes Believing

A Theological Commentary on the Book of Common Prayer - Revised Anniversary Edition

Author: Ruth A. Meyers,Leonel L. Mitchell

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1596272724

Category: Religion

Page: 432

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• Revised anniversary edition and next entry in the Weil Series in Liturgics • Well-known book; well-respected authors • Timely, as The Episcopal Church considers the shape that prayer book revision may take 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Lee Mitchell’s great standard work on the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. As his student, protégée, and colleague, Ruth Meyers takes this classic work and updates it for the Church in its current era and for the future. For clergy, seminarians, liturgists, historians

The Book of Common Prayer

And Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,

Author: Church of England

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 438

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A Book of Common Prayer

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307787591

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer

A Worldwide Survey

Author: Charles Hefling,Cynthia Shattuck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190293624

Category: Religion

Page: 640

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The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer is the first comprehensive guide to the history and usage of the original Book of Common Prayer and its variations. Expert contributors from around the world and from every major denomination offer an unparalleled view of The Book of Common Prayer and its influence. The Oxford Guide to Common Prayer is more than simply a history: it describes how Anglican churches at all points of the compass have developed their own Prayer Books and adapted the time-honored Anglican liturgies to their diverse local cultures. The Guide examines how the same texts - Daily Prayers, the Eucharist, Marriage and Funerals, and many others - in dozens of editions now in use throughout the world, both resemble and differ from one another. A brief look at "electronic Prayer Books" also offers a unique and exciting modern perspective. The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer offers a fascinating journey through the history and development of a classic of world literature from its origins in the 16th century to the modern day. Oxford is pleased to offer The Book of Common Prayer in a variety of formats and prices to match readers' needs and budgets - perfect for study or gift-giving. Visit our website to order your copy today. * A comprehensive survey of the rich history of the original Book of Common Prayer and all of its varied descendents. * Explains, characterizes, and illustrates the dozens of Prayer Book versions in current use throughout the world. * Lays out a path that will enable any reader, Anglican or not, to learn why the BCP is a classic of liturgy and literature.

The Book of Common Prayer: Past, Present and Future

A 350th Anniversary Celebration

Author: Prudence Dailey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441160418

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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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.

Esther

Author: Lewis Bayles Paton

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567050090

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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The Voices of Morebath

Author: Eamon Duffy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300175027

Category: History

Page: 260

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In the fifty years between 1530 and 1580, England moved from being one of the most lavishly Catholic countries in Europe to being a Protestant nation, a land of whitewashed churches and antipapal preaching. What was the impact of this religious change in the countryside? And how did country people feel about the revolutionary upheavals that transformed their mental and material worlds under Henry VIII and his three children? In this book a reformation historian takes us inside the mind and heart of Morebath, a remote and tiny sheep farming village on the southern edge of Exmoor. The bulk of Morebath’s conventional archives have long since vanished. But from 1520 to 1574, through nearly all the drama of the English Reformation, Morebath’s only priest, Sir Christopher Trychay, kept the parish accounts on behalf of the churchwardens. Opinionated, eccentric, and talkative, Sir Christopher filled these vivid scripts for parish meetings with the names and doings of his parishioners. Through his eyes we catch a rare glimpse of the life and pre-Reformation piety of a sixteenth-century English village. The book also offers a unique window into a rural world in crisis as the Reformation progressed. Sir Christopher Trychay’s accounts provide direct evidence of the motives which drove the hitherto law-abiding West-Country communities to participate in the doomed Prayer-Book Rebellion of 1549 culminating in the siege of Exeter that ended in bloody defeat and a wave of executions. Its church bells confiscated and silenced, Morebath shared in the punishment imposed on all the towns and villages of Devon and Cornwall. Sir Christopher documents the changes in the community, reluctantly Protestant and increasingly preoccupied with the secular demands of the Elizabethan state, the equipping of armies, and the payment of taxes. Morebath’s priest, garrulous to the end of his days, describes a rural world irrevocably altered and enables us to hear the voices of his villagers after four hundred years of silence.

The Book of Common Prayer

The Texts of 1549, 1559, and 1662

Author: Brian Cummings

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191619922

Category: Religion

Page: 896

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'In the midst of life we are in death' The words of the Book of Common Prayer have permeated deep into the English language all over the world. For nearly 500 years, and for countless people, it has provided a background fanfare for a marriage or a funeral march at a burial. Yet this familiarity also hides a violent and controversial history. When it was first produced the Book of Common Prayer provoked riots and rebellion, and it was banned before being translated into a host of global languages and adopted as the basis for worship in the USA and elsewhere to the present day. This edition presents the work in three different states: the first edition of 1549, which brought the Reformation into people's homes; the Elizabethan prayer book of 1559, familiar to Shakespeare and Milton; and the edition of 1662, which embodies the religious temper of the nation down to modern times. Far from being a book for the religious only, the Book of Common Prayer is one of the seminal texts of human experience and a manual of everyday ritual: a book to live, love, and die to.

Ecclesiastes

Author: N.A

Publisher: Canongate U.S.

ISBN: 9780802136145

Category: Bibles

Page: 64

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The publication of the King James version of the Bible, translated between 1603 and 1611, coincided with an extraordinary flowering of English literature and is universally acknowledged as the greatest influence on English-language literature in history. Now, world-class literary writers introduce the book of the King James Bible in a series of beautifully designed, small-format volumes. The introducers' passionate, provocative, and personal engagements with the spirituality and the language of the text make the Bible come alive as a stunning work of literature and remind us of its overwhelming contemporary relevance.

Journey into the Zohar, A

An Introduction to the Book of Radiance

Author: Nathan Wolski

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438430558

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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An introduction to the Zohar, the crowning work of medieval Kabbalah. Includes original translations and analysis.

The Eucharistic Liturgies

Their Evolution and Interpretation

Author: Paul F. Bradshaw,Maxwell E. Johnson

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814662668

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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In graduate theology programs across the United States and elsewhere, Maxwell Johnson's The Rites of Christian Initiation: Their Evolution and Interpretation has become a standard text. Now Johnson and Paul Bradshaw together offer a companion volume on the historical development of the liturgy and theology of the Eucharist. Like the earlier volume, this study proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day. Unlike most studies of this kind, it includes an introduction to and developmental summary of the diverse eucharistic liturgies of the Christian East. It also explores the various Western rites (Ambrosian, Gallican, and Mozarabic) in addition to the Roman. With regard to theological themes, the authors give special attention to the topics of real presence (including the "consecration" of the bread and wine) and eucharistic sacrifice, the most central and most ecumenically challenging issues since the sixteenth-century Reformations. Making the book especially teacher- and student-friendly are the summary points at the end of each chapter. Each chapter also contains an abundance of liturgical texts for ease of reference.