Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Some Thoughts on the Book of Common Prayer

These words would be more typically spoken on June 13th, but are here this morning in the spirit of these thoughts.  From the BCP:
Almighty and everliving God, whose servant Thomas Cranmer, with others, restored the language of the people in the prayers of your Church: Make us always thankful for this heritage; and help us so to pray in the Spirit and with the understanding, that we may worthily magnify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Anyone acquainted with the Anglican Tradition is acquainted with the Book of Common Prayer.  Across the Anglican universe it resides in pews or under seats, alongside the Bible and the Hymnal.  I've heard it disparaged and panned by some outside of the tradition as being a dead, dry book that contains little more than dead words.  I'd venture too that those who would say these things, likely have never read the words or let alone seen the book.

Christianity Today's Jordan Hylden did an interview with Alan Jacobs, who shares his thoughts on the Book of Common Prayer here.  

He shares on why the Book of Common Prayer (or BCP) is still a "big deal".

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