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BOLTON PRIORY’S USE OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER HAS A ‘MISSIONAL EFFECT’ REPORTS ITS RECTOR image

BOLTON PRIORY’S USE OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER HAS A ‘MISSIONAL EFFECT’ REPORTS ITS RECTOR

24th October 2020

Bolton Priory, said to be one of the finest medieval churches in the north of England,
is the latest to join the Prayer Book Society (PBS) as a corporate member.

Located in the North Yorkshire village of Bolton Abbey in the Leeds Diocese, the
church takes its name from the ruins of the twelfth-century Augustinian monastery
which closed in the 1539 Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Bolton Priory’s rector, the Rev Nicholas Mercer – formerly rector of Christ Church
Cathedral in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands – reports that, since the year
it was published, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has been used by the
church for all Sunday services as well as midweek Holy Communion.

‘That prompted our decision to join the PBS which encourages rediscovery and use
of the Prayer Book’s majesty and spiritual depth at the heart of the Church of
England’s worship,’ he explained.

‘Since its foundation in the twelfth century, Bolton Priory has been a site of
continuous Christian worship, surviving Scottish raids, the Black Death, the
Dissolution of the Monasteries and the religious turbulence of later centuries.

‘During the Coronavirus lockdown we have valued the support of the PBS,
particularly through its links to audio church services online.’

Nicholas says that Bolton Priory’s regular use of the BCP has had a ‘missional
effect,’ drawing congregations from a wide geographical area well beyond the parish
boundaries. The size of the congregation, aged between 20 and 90, has grown by
almost a third in the past year.

- The Priory was partly ruined during the Reformation but the parish church
continued to worship in the nave so that today it is ‘half ruin/half church.’
- The interior of the church was re-ordered by the architect George Edmund Street,
a leading practitioner of the Victorian Anglo-Catholic revival.
- Six early Gothic twinned lancet windows are filled with stained glass designed by
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, the English architect, designer and artist
principally remembered for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style of
architecture.
- Bolton Priory is mentioned in the book England's Thousand Best Churches by
Simon Jenkins who travelled the length and breadth of England to select them,
giving each church a star-rating from one to five. Bolton Priory was giben a four-
star rating.

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