Prayer Book's time is coming again

The Book of Common Prayer’s time is coming again. That was the message of the Chairman of the Prayer Book Society, Bradley Smith, at its AGM in London on Saturday. (11 September)

“The evidence comes from all over the country,” he told members meeting in St James’ Church in Paddington. “Every week I hear of a new Prayer Book service being introduced in a parish. Many of these services are taking the form of Evensong.”

There are some exciting initiatives, Evensong and curry (Tottenham and Preston), Evensong and supper (Canterbury) and even Evensong in the City (London), with bangers, mash and booze to follow.

Younger people are also getting involved. Bradley recently attended a new Evensong service in the Diocese of Chichester, “introduced by a young and recently ordained curate.” He plans a future visit to a parish which, once a month, will hold a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion as its principal service.

He called on the Society’s members to be positive. “Talk about what is going well and is successful and is bringing blessings to the parishes in our country,” he said. “People are attracted by those with joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

As the Society approaches its 50th anniversary in 2022, Bradley reiterated the need for the Society’s voice to be “brought to the table”. He closed by saying, “The truth which is contained in the Book of Common Prayer must be heard.”


Online Streaming of BCP Services

During the first national lockdown of 2020, many clergy, lay ministers and musicians began streaming BCP services online. This online provision proved incredibly valuable and happily many cathedrals, parish churches and college chapels have continued to stream their services via Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. 
Please click here for details of streamed Prayer Book services for Sundays and weekdays.

Other online resources for use during the pandemic

Please click here for specially selected prayers and writings related to worshipping from home. 

Far be it from me to promote a cult of quaintness, but the power of the Prayer Book to connect with many of those who find the ordinary diet of the church banal, should not be ignored. There is now a younger generation who are realising afresh the importance of complementing the argot of Twitter and SMS with the majesty of Cranmer.  
  - The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Sometime Bishop of London

The Prayer Book Society offers fellowship and encouragement to lovers of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP), both clergy and laity, spanning a great breadth of age, background, tradition and churchmanship. We:

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