‘Lord, how would you have me spend this time?’

Mar 20, 2020 by

by Nick Barrett, from Archbishop Cranmer: The third contribution to His Grace’s emergency team ministry during the coronavirus pestilence comes from Nick Barrett, a former teacher of Classics, Philosophy and Sociology, now working in the legal sector: Although my own preference in churchmanship is congregationalist (I attend a Baptist church, of which I am a member, and by whose pastor I was baptised as a teenager by full immersion), I have learned a lot from other churches over the years...

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What does Holy Communion do for us?

Jan 15, 2020 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: I have been contributing to the Church’s Renewal and Reform stream on developing lay leadership, and one of the questions that has come up is: ‘What does the Church of England actually believe about the laity and lay leadership?’ I am not referring here to what some have called ‘ecclesial lay leadership’, that is, the leadership of lay people within the gathered church at services, such as being a Reader, leading the intercessions, leading small groups and so on,...

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ACNA Book of Common Prayer published

Apr 19, 2019 by

from Anglican Ink: The Anglican Church in North America has officially released the final texts for The Book of Common Prayer 2019. These texts can be found on the new Book of Common Prayer (BCP) website here.Commemorative editions marking the 10-year anniversary of the Anglican Church in North America will be released at Provincial Assembly in June, and pew editions will be made available for purchase shortly thereafter. In 2009, at the formation of the Anglican Church in North America,...

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Millennials shun modern liturgy for ‘bells and smells’

Jan 5, 2019 by

by Tim Wyatt, The Times: Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services for traditional worship with not a tambourine in sight. Almost everything about services at St Bartholomew the Great church is old-fashioned. Purple-robed choristers process through clouds of pungent incense. The priest, the Rev Marcus Walker, brandishes an ornate golden King James Bible above his head before reading from the 1611 text. The liturgy is a mixture of 16th-century prose and sung Latin. The medieval...

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New stats show growing interest in Book of Common Prayer

Sep 11, 2018 by

from Premier: There is clear evidence of growing interest in The Book of Common Prayer according to the Prayer Book Society (PBS). It said its 23rd annual three-day conference at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural University later this month is a sell-out with more than 130 delegates attending – the highest number to date. Latest figures show that more than 260 people joined as new members of the PBS last year, an increase of more than 40 per cent on the previous year, bringing the...

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Common Prayer, or Predictable Politics?

Aug 1, 2018 by

by Carl R Trueman, First Things: As Western society continues its relentless purge of the pre-political, the body count keeps mounting. Yesterday’s harmless activity—say, boys-only scouting—is tomorrow’s act of cisgendered heteronormative patriarchal oppression of the Other. Like some dreaded mutating bacillus, the political slowly but surely absorbs—and spoils—everything. I was reminded of this recently when I was given as a gift the Folio Society’s edition of the Book of Common Prayer....

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