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 theological colleges, will this year also include a key to some of its more old-fashioned words and phrases.

The list includes definitions for words such as “eschew” meaning abstain from, “concord”, for an agreement between people, and “froward”, meaning perverse or contrary.

Some of the included words could cause confusion to young ordinands due to more modern definitions, such as magnify – which in a 17th century sense means not to make something appear larger than it is, but to glorify or praise greatly.

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Read also: Trainee priests to get crib sheet to help them understand ‘Shakespearey’ language of the Book of Common Prayer, Mailonline

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