Teaching the Book of Common Prayer
How it SHOULD be done.
For Anglican purposes, you could (less poignantly) restate Mark Twain’s quote by saying, “Those who don’t use their prayer books have no advantage over those who can’t.” Myself and others could go on and on about the beauty of the language, the importance of communal worship and prayer, the strength of the Catholic & Patristic tradition, the wisdom of Benedictine/Monastic spirituality, the benefit of an aesetical approach to growth in holiness….
Yet, if people don’t understand their prayer books and how to use them, and further if they don’t actually use them, it is all for naught. Dr. Derek Olsen has written something recently along similar lines. Some of his more helpful thoughts include
So—in a nutshell, here’s how I’d go about doing it. First a big-picture, then attention to some of the actual…
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