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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Updates on The Episcopal Church of the USA’s attempts at Prayer Book revision

Jul 11, 2018 by

Kevin Kallsen talks to Jeff Walton, who attended TEC’s General Convention, on the progress of the revision of the Prayer Book to include gay marriage liturgy.  Also discussed is the new leadership (and new name) of the LGBT activist group, Integrity. In this video, Bishop Brewer throws further light on the attempted Prayer Book revisions.  

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Common Prayer, or Predictable Politics?

Jul 11, 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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US bishops seek to halt Prayer Book revision and deter leavers

Jul 5, 2018 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times; A COMPROMISE that would avoid making changes to the Prayer Book’s references to marriage has been proposed by bishops in the Episcopal Church of the United States, in an effort to avoid the departure of members who hold a traditional view, including immigrant and non-US Episcopalians. The resolution, prepared for discussion at the 79th General Convention, due to begin in Austin, Texas, yesterday, seeks to widen access to marriage in the eight dioceses where...

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