Updated BCP liturgies made available on new website

May 19, 2020 by

Anglican Mainstream report: BCP 2020 is a new version of the Book of Common Prayer which aims to be faithful to the theology, structure and poetry of the original, while making the language intelligible and accessible to more people today. The updated liturgy is the work of one author who wishes to remain anonymous. In his introduction he says: “The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is the liturgical heart of the Church of England – and indeed of the entire Anglican Communion across the world. It...

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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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Anglican Church of Canada approves inclusive language Psalter

May 29, 2019 by

from Anglican Samizdat: The Anglican Church of Canada’s liturgical butchers have been labouring diligently on expunging all traces of Davidic toxic patriarchy from the psalms. Their efforts have been rewarded by the publishing of the Inclusive Language Liturgical Psalter whose crowning achievement is to use “alternative wordings and/or sentence structures to eliminate the use of predominantly masculine language.” Thus, rather than Psalm 1 beginning: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the...

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Liturgy is an anchor — don’t brush it aside

May 3, 2019 by

by Ines Hands, Church Times: IN MANY Anglican churches, liturgical worship and close observance of the Christian year are rapidly falling out of use. The lectionary is replaced with sermon series; communion is not celebrated weekly, with the preferred eucharistic prayers being those that are linguistically simpler; days such as Ash Wednesday are afforded ever less importance. The aim is to make church contemporary, relevant, accessible. Given the nature and speed of these changes, it is urgent...

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Why Anglo-Catholicism appeals to millennials

Feb 8, 2019 by

by Marcus Walker, Catholic Herald: “Twentysomethings are flocking to Anglo-Catholic services” shouted a headline in the Times above an article featuring my church, St Bartholomew the Great, in the City of London. As so often with headlines, the drama of the moment trumps the evidence of the article and accusations of hyperbole haunt the actual good news in the story that follows. But good news there is, however you define the word “flocking”. With two per cent of those under 25 in Britain...

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Why choral evensong is so popular

Nov 9, 2018 by

by Angela Tilby, Church Times: NEW statistics released last week indicate that attendances at weekday cathedral services have been rising since 2007 (News, 26 October). I have been indulging in some mild Twitter correspondence about the potential health benefits of choral evensong, forwarding the suggestion that it should be available on prescription and provoking some amused responses from evensong afficionados. It is obvious that those who go regularly to cathedrals for evensong are very...

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