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The Book of Common Prayer: A Spiritual Treasure Chest—Selections Annotated & Explained

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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.

With Logos Bible Software, this volume is enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear on mouseover in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Looking for more resources on the Book of Common Prayer? Check out the Book of Common Prayer Collection (17 vols.).

Resource Experts
  • Presents selections from the Book of Common Prayer
  • Offers commentary to make the text more accessible for unfamiliar readers
  • Provides insights into the history and heritage of the Book of Common Prayer
  • Foreword by Katharine Jefferts Schori
  • Preface by Desmond Tutu
  • Introduction
  • A Life of Prayer
  • Belonging and Building Relationships
  • Blessing in Times of Joy and Pain
  • Called to Serve
  • Praise and Petition
  • Using the Prayer Book as a Spiritual Tool
  • Suggestions for Further Reading

Top Highlights

“the 1662 version has remained the official book for the Church of England to this day” (Pages xviii–xix)

“that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him” (Pages 68–69)

“Three things are particularly noteworthy about Cranmer’s Prayer Book. First, as briefly noted, it reveals his concern to wed reformed ideas to the basic structures of church worship.” (Page xvi)

“so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures” (Pages 68–69)

“Increasing frustration had been developing for some time against perceived clerical abuses and financial corruption, including involuntary revenue assessments that put English money into Rome’s coffers without consultation. This undisputed foreign authority was something that Henry would not abide.” (Page xiv)

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.

Peter Wallace, author, The Passionate Jesus: What We Can Learn from Jesus about Love, Fear, Grief, Joy and Living Authentically

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

  • Title: The Book of Common Prayer: A Spiritual Treasure Chest—Selections Annotated & Explained
  • Author: C. K. Robertson
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Church of England › Book of common prayer; Church of England › Prayers and devotions; Anglican Communion › Liturgy--Texts; Prayer books; Anglican Communion › Prayers and devotions
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:13:09Z

C. K. Robertson holds a doctorate in New Testament studies and serves as canon to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Author of many books and articles, he was previously canon for congregational development and stewardship in the Diocese of Arizona.


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