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Dear friends and fellow-members of the Prayer Book Society,

As we begin our Lenten journey towards the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am pleased to share details of a number of online resources and events organised by the Society to assist us on this journey. 

Please take a moment to look at the information below, and please do share this e-mail in your church communities and among your friends. The events are free and open to all; non-members are very welcome indeed.



Among the many Prayer Book services listed in our directory of online worship, let me draw your attention in particular to a service of Mattins, Litany and the Commination for the first day of Lent, specially recorded for the PBS by the Revd Dr Daniel Newman.

The service will go live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10.00am on Ash Wednesday, 17th February, and I very much hope you will be able to join us for worship on this important day.

Click here to watch on Facebook.

Click here to watch on YouTube.



Our Ecclesiastical Patron, Lord Chartres, is kindly sharing with us his inspiring reflections on the Epistles and Gospels appointed by the Prayer Book for all Sundays and Holy Days from Septuagesima to Easter Day. 

Click here to listen to the reflections.



The 2021 Cranmer Awards Finals will be held online via Zoom on Saturday, 27th February at 10.00am (juniors) and 2.00pm (seniors). The 2021 competition will be the first national final to take place online, and the first organised by our new Cranmer Awards Administrator, Jo Clark. You are welcome to join us on the day: please register no later than 10.00am on Friday, 26th February.

Click here to register.



Following the success of our Advent seminar, I am delighted to tell you that we have arranged a series of online seminars for Lent 2021.

The series, entitled ‘For His Mercy Endureth For Ever: Exploring God’s Mercy with the Book of Common Prayer,’ will be held via Zoom in four sessions; two on Tuesday evenings and two on Saturday afternoons.

The programme will be as follows:

‘Devices and Desires: Confessing our Sins with the BCP.’ 
The Revd Dr Andrew Atherstone, Tutor in Church History at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
Tuesday 2nd March at 7.00pm.

'Towards the Mercy-Seat: God's Mercy in the Psalms.'
The Revd Canon Richard Peers, Sub Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
Saturday 13th March at 2.30pm.

'Whose Sins Thou Dost Forgive, They are Forgiven: The Remedy for Sin.'
The Rt. Revd Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester.
Tuesday 16th March at 7.00pm.

'Whose Property is Always to Have Mercy: The Prayer Book Communion and the Nature of God.'
Dr Bridget Nichols, Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.
Saturday 27th March at 2.30pm.

Each talk will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. The afternoon sessions will conclude with Evening Prayer and the evening sessions with the Litany.

Registered participants will receive an automated e-mail containing the Zoom link. Please note that the same Zoom link is valid for all four sessions; it is not necessary to register for each individual session.

Click here to register.



This year's Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer will be held online via Zoom on Saturday, 20th March at 2.30pm.

The afternoon will include a lecture by the Revd Canon Dr Judith Maltby, Chaplain and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, entitled 'Hearing the Word: The Bible, The Prayer Book and Public Worship from Cranmer to 1660', and a service of Evensong with Act of Commemoration. The preacher will be the Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie.

Registered participants will receive a detailed timetable nearer the

Click here to register


We are pleased to offer all of the above events and resources free of charge to members and non-members alike. To make a donation towards the work of the Prayer Book Society please click here

To join the Society, or to renew your membership, please click here

Should you have any questions about any of the above events, please feel free to contact me directly by e-mail.

With all good wishes for this holy season,

Bradley Smith
Chairman, The Prayer Book Society.

The PBS 2030 Vision: People of all ages finding life in Christ through a growing Prayer Book Service in every benefice.

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