News & Events

Latest News

 Please direct any Press enquiries to our PR consultants, Tim Stanley Public Relations Ltd.

T:  07779 129305
E:  tim@timstanleypr.co.uk

GYLES BRANDRETH REVEALS WHY THE BCP DRAWS HIM TO CHURCH image

GYLES BRANDRETH REVEALS WHY THE BCP DRAWS HIM TO CHURCH

5th June 2019

As Gyles Brandreth, the writer, broadcaster and actor tours the UK with Break a Leg – his
new show celebrating all things theatrical – he is keeping an eye open for churches which
use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at 8 am Holy Communion on Sundays.

‘That’s the service I like to attend at my home church in London – St Mary’s, Barnes – so I
hope I will be able to do the same as our itinerary criss-crosses the country in the coming
weeks,’ he said.

Gyles is the latest in a growing number of celebrities who have declared their enthusiasm for
the BCP.

He told the Prayer Book Society, which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty and
spiritual depth of the BCP at the heart of the Church of England’s worship: ‘Language is
power and the way we use language defines us. The power and beauty of the language of
the Book of Common Prayer is extraordinary – and stands the test of time.’

He added: ‘It is because of the BCP that I find myself at church at 8 am on a Sunday
morning: it is the power of the language that draws me there and lifts me once I arrive.’
Gyles also describes the BCP as ‘a perfect bedside book.’

‘This is because of the language and because of the sense of heritage that is inherent in the
Prayer Book,’ he explained. ‘As the BCP reminds us in the collect for the second Sunday
of Advent: "Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.”’

For Gyles Brandreth’s forthcoming tour dates and venues click on this link:
https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/gyles-brandreth

Join Us

Support our work and become a member of the society

Find out more
Shop Online

We have a wide range of books, CDs and BCP related items

Find out more
Donate

Support our work and discover how to become a Benefactor of the society.

Find out more