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MARY KILLEN COMMENTS ON HER ‘HOLY LIFE RAFT’ image

MARY KILLEN COMMENTS ON HER ‘HOLY LIFE RAFT’

25th November 2019

The Book of Common Prayer has been dubbed a ‘Holy life raft’ by Mary Killen who
writes for the Spectator and Oldie magazines.

Mary, the UK’s acknowledged expert on social etiquette and author of Guide to
Modern Manners, reveals that she is also a Prayer Book enthusiast.

‘However,’ she told the Prayer Book Society – which encourages rediscovery and
use of the majesty and spiritual depth of the Book of Common Prayer at the heart of
the Church of England’s worship – ‘I find it doesn’t work if you try to translate
experiences of a spiritual nature into any sort of parlance, let alone common
parlance.

‘We are fortunate in my village as, once a month, our church near Marlborough in
Wiltshire has Evening Prayer using the Book of Common Prayer and I respond well
to joining others in speaking words that have been spoken in exactly the same way in
the same place at roughly the same time on a Sunday for centuries.

‘So much mystery and numinosity was lost when the Church of England, in aiming to
modernise its message, only patronised.

‘The Book of Common Prayer, however, is timeless,’ said Mary. ‘It’s a type of Holy
life raft sitting calmly above the turbulent seas.’

To contact the Prayer Book Society’s office at The Studio, Copyhold Farm,
Lady Grove, Goring Heath, Reading RG8 7RT, call 0118 984 2582,
email pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk or visit www.pbs.org.uk

Follow the Prayer Book Society on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BCP350/

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Mary Killen taken by photographer Hugo Burnand

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