- Leather Bound: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (30 Mar. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195287150
- ISBN-13: 978-0195287158
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 12.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,020,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Leather Bound – 30 Mar 2000
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A bishop in the Episcopal church once said to me, 'We don't have a theology that we have to believe -- what we have is the prayerbook.' Please forgive the absence of context for this phrase -- while he would say that this statement in isolation is an exaggeration, and I would agree, nonetheless his statement serves to highlight both the importance of and the strength of the Book of Common Prayer.
To be an Anglican (in the United States, read Episcopalian for the same in the context of this article), one does not have to subscribe to any particular systematic theological framework. One does not have to practice a particular brand of liturgical style. One does not have to have an approved politico-theological viewpoint. One can be a conservative, liberal or moderate; one can be high church, low church, or broad; one can be charismatic, evangelical, or mainline traditional -- one can be any number of things in a rich diversity of choices, and the Book of Common Prayer can still be the book upon which spirituality and worship is centred.
The Book of Common Prayer is not, in fact, a book that changed my life. It is a book that changes my life.Read more ›
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I highly recommend this book to everyone .
In the 1970's some hippie parodied the Whole Earth Catalog's review of Buber's I and Thou. The hippie stole the opening: You can read this book in a few hours, but it can change your life. He applied it to the Book of Common Prayer. I would not go that far, but it pays to be humble before its greatness.
I grew up with this book and returned to it in the 1970's. I could no more criticize its Elizabethan cadences than I could pull Shakespeare apart. The new prayer book has services in the old language as well as modern language versions.
As a meditator, not a churchgoer, I don't hear a lot of poetic imagery. The Psalms and the old version of the services are full of great images. The lectionary guides you through the Bible pretty systematically for additional vivid writing. I regret that the new prayer book has replaced the collect for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Bible Sunday, as it was called. I remember fondly the old language referring to the scriptures:: [grant that] we may hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them ... This is a mere quibble. If I believed and wanted to practice the Christian faith as I did earlier, this book would be invaluable to me. It provides me now with a walk down memory lane.
The 1928 Prayer Book is still in print and there are those who prefer it. My return to services included the approval period for this book and its adoption. So the present version has nostalgic value for me.
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