The Oxford Guide to The Book of Common Prayer: A Worldwide Survey

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Charles Hefling, Cynthia Shattuck
Oxford University Press, Jul 1, 2006 - Religion - 640 pages
The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer is the first comprehensive guide to the history and usage of the original Book of Common Prayer and its variations. Expert contributors from around the world and from every major denomination offer an unparalleled view of The Book of Common Prayer and its influence. The Oxford Guide to Common Prayer is more than simply a history: it describes how Anglican churches at all points of the compass have developed their own Prayer Books and adapted the time-honored Anglican liturgies to their diverse local cultures. The Guide examines how the same texts - Daily Prayers, the Eucharist, Marriage and Funerals, and many others - in dozens of editions now in use throughout the world, both resemble and differ from one another. A brief look at "electronic Prayer Books" also offers a unique and exciting modern perspective. The Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer offers a fascinating journey through the history and development of a classic of world literature from its origins in the 16th century to the modern day. Oxford is pleased to offer The Book of Common Prayer in a variety of formats and prices to match readers' needs and budgets - perfect for study or gift-giving. Visit our website to order your copy today. * A comprehensive survey of the rich history of the original Book of Common Prayer and all of its varied descendents. * Explains, characterizes, and illustrates the dozens of Prayer Book versions in current use throughout the world. * Lays out a path that will enable any reader, Anglican or not, to learn why the BCP is a classic of liturgy and literature.
 

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Hefling (systematic theology, Boston Coll.) and Shattuck (vice president & editorial director, Church Pub.) have compiled essays on the origin and evolution ofThe Book of Common Prayer . First created ... Read full review

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Contents

Anglicans and Common Prayer
1
But One Use The Birth of the Classical Prayer Book
7
The Social and Cultural Life of the Prayer Book
77
The Prayer Book Outside England
151
From Uniformity to Family Resemblance Prayer Books in the Twentieth Century
227
Family Portraits Prayer Books Today
269
Worship in the Prayer Book Family
443
The Future of the Book of Common Prayer
539
Chronology
559
Glossary
563
Select Bibliography
581
About the Editors and Contributors
597
Index
601
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