The 100 best nonfiction books: No 91 – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

Oct 30, 2017 by

by Robert McCrum, Guardian: In anticipation of English prose after the Commonwealth, I had initially found the temptation to include Robert Hooke’s extraordinary Micrographia (1665) next in this sequence almost overwhelming. This, after all, was a Restoration publishing sensation described by...

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Teenagers respond to Prayer Book Society’s ‘Cool’ Cranmer Awards

Oct 18, 2017 by

from the PBS: To say they cannot understand the medieval prayers and are deterred by antiquity is patronising nonsense, says Quentin Letts. This autumn hundreds of schoolchildren across the country are busy memorising prayers and readings from church services in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer in a...

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The Book of Common Prayer gets a glossary

Sep 28, 2017 by

by Catherine Pepinster, RNS: It is the book that gave us such immortal phrases as “till death do us part” and “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” But nearly 500 years after the creation of the Book of Common Prayer by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, many people, even priests, find its prose not so much...

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Priests-in-training to be given glossaries because they struggle to understand the Book of Common Prayer

Sep 12, 2017 by

by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph: Priests-in-training are to be given glossaries to help them understand the Book of Common Prayer for the first time because they struggle to decipher the language. The Prayer Book Society, which gives out free copies of the 17th century book to first-year students in...

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Prayer Book services to help dementia sufferers

Oct 9, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The Church of England is to revive traditional terminology in some of its services to help Alzheimer’s sufferers. Senior clerics hope that familiar texts of prayers and passages of scripture, often learnt by heart in childhood, could help trigger memories and...

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Has the 1662 Prayer Book become a subversive text? A service in memory of George Bell

Oct 5, 2016 by

by Peter Hitchens, Mailonline: I have long thought that the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (actually its first version was written in 1549)  would eventually become a subversive document. Increasingly, its sentiments are revolutionary not only in the Christian sense (which calls for an uninterrupted...

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