The 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer stimulated a renewed interest in its teaching and fundamental contribution to Anglican identity. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and others involved in the English Reformation believed that the content and shape of the services set out in the Prayer Book were vital ways to teach congregations biblical truth and principles of the Gospel. These Latimer Trust Studies focus on the formularies of the Church of England and the elements of the different services within the Prayer Book, highlighting both what those services teach about the Christian faith and how they shape the practice of that faith. As well as providing an account of the origins of the Prayer Book services, these texts are designed to offer practical guidance on how such services may be used in Christian ministry today.
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In this overview of the Book of Common Prayer, Peter Adam brings us back again and again to its emphasis on the ‘very pure Word of God,’ which set the gold standard and hallmark of all liturgy. This text is a great introduction to the richness of the Book of Common Prayer, its purpose and benefits, and provides an excellent foundation for the rest of the volumes in this collection.
Peter Adam served as vicar of St Jude’s Carlton, and as principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently vicar emeritus of St Jude’s, and canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.
This insightful text by lectionary and psalter of the Book of Common Prayer, Benjamin Sargent, examines the beauty and benefit of the church calendar as expressed in the collects. Throughout this volume Sargent’s explorations open up the richness biblical heritage offered by the calendar structure.
Benjamin Sargent is assistant curate in the Parish of Warblington with Emsworth in Hampshire and a research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. His publications include Latimer Study 75, As It Is Written: Interpreting the Bible with Boldness. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles on biblical interpretation published in Churchman, Evangelical Quarterly and the Heythrop Journal.
In this study of the services of Morning and Evening Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, Mark Burkill explores the heart of Cranmer’s non-eucharistic liturgy, revealing the edifying purpose of the daily offices for God’s people.
Mark Burkill has been vicar of Christ Church, Leyton since 1991, and is chair of the Latimer Trust.
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion are one of the three historic ‘formularies’ of the Church of England. Along with the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal they gave the church its distinctive identity at the time of the Reformation, an identity which has had a formative influence on worldwide Anglicanism. Many parts of the Anglican Communion some have returned to these sources to satisfy a genuine hunger for both Anglican tradition and sound Christian doctrine; this book seeks to contribute to this dialogue. Although the Articles have had a checkered history, the intention of The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the 39 Articles is to take them as they now stand and interpret what they mean for us today. Historical circumstances cannot be avoided completely and are mentioned as necessary, but the main emphasis throughout this text is theological. Author Gerald Bray explores this question: “what do the Articles say about what Anglicans believe and how should they be understood and applied today?”
Gerald Bray is director of research for the Latimer Trust and research professor at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama.