This source of strength and solace for millions of Christian clergy and laypeople throughout the world can be a companion for your own spiritual journey. First published in 1549, the Book of Common Prayer has perhaps influenced the way English speakers think and talk about God as much as any book outside the King James Bible. Today almost 80 million Anglican Christians throughout the world use the Book of Common Prayer in public worship, and countless people—Anglican and otherwise—use it in their private devotional life.
In this unique presentation of selections—organized by themes such as “Blessings in Times of Joy and Pain,” “Called to Serve,” and “Praise and Petition”—C.K. Robertson offers helpful commentary, with fascinating insights into the history and heritage of the Book of Common Prayer. He makes available the riches of this spiritual treasure chest for all who are interested in deepening their life of prayer, building stronger relationships, and making a difference in the world.
This reader-friendly volume includes a foreword by Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and a preface by Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town.
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Looking for more resources on the Book of Common Prayer? Check out the Book of Common Prayer Collection (17 vols.).
A gift to the larger ecumenical community. The Book of Common Prayer . . . continues to offer spiritual formation to Christians of many traditions . . . this remarkable guide will enrich our pursuit.
—Kathryn Mary Lohre, president, National Council of the Churches of Christ USA
A fresh new set of insights. . . . A wellspring of encouragement to go deep and wide with this treasure trove of Christian roots and wings. I commend this work and all its potential for invigorating worship and transforming our experience of liturgy.
—David Moxon, director, Anglican Centre in Rome
There is . . . a kind of magnificence of scope that, combined with the richness of intimacy, blesses both the soul and the mind of its reader. The Book of Common Prayer has never been better served or more sympathetically considered than it is in these pages.
—Phyllis Tickle, author, Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters
Warmly and brilliantly guides us through the spiritual riches of one of Christianity’s most sublime religious texts. Anyone who seeks wisdom, hope and a deeper, more authentic prayer life, both individually and communally, will find this resource immensely rewarding.
Unlock[s] the treasures of the Book of Common Prayer for those practiced or untutored in its use. . . . Robertson’s historical and personal insights infuse ritual and prayer with fresh energy.
—Gregory Vaughn Palmer, resident bishop, Ohio West Episcopal Area, United Methodist Church
C.K. Robertson is canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, and distinguished visiting professor at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Robertson serves on several national boards and has published many books and articles, including A Dangerous Dozen: 12 Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo but Taught Us to Live Like Jesus; Transforming Stewardship; Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives and Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles.