- Author BRAY, GERALD
- Pub Date 29/02/2024
- Binding Paperback
- Pages 522
The Book of Common Prayer stands as one of the greatest achievements of
the English Reformation. Although increasingly replaced by more modern forms,
it remains the foundation of Anglican worship and a succinct expression of
Anglican doctrine as received by its sixteenth and seventeenth-century authors.
It is therefore a text to be treasured and used, both for its historical
insight into the Church of England's theological origins, and for its continued
value as an enriching liturgical resource.
In this Companion, Gerald Bray provides a practical guide to the
1662 text and its underlying doctrinal basis. Outlining its development from
the first version of the prayer book in 1549, through the Elizabethan
settlement and the upheaval of the civil war and protectorate, he shows that
many of the liturgical controversies and debates we see today are nothing new.
With the inclusion of a summary of the history of the text, and an extensive
bibliography for further reading, A Companion to the Book of Common Prayer
will unlock this seminal text for a fresh generation of worshippers.