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ENGLAND’S LARGEST PARISH CHURCH IS THE LATEST TO JOIN THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY image

ENGLAND’S LARGEST PARISH CHURCH IS THE LATEST TO JOIN THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY

18th November 2020

The largest parish church in England is the latest to join the Prayer Book Society
(PBS) as a corporate member.

St Laurence's Church in the Shropshire market town of Ludlow, said to be one of the
truly outstanding medieval town churches in England, is known locally as the
Cathedral of the Marches, reflecting both the importance of Ludlow in the turbulent
Welsh Marches region and the impressive size and rich furnishings of the 12th-
century church.

The final resting place of the poet A.E. Houseman, the church attracts 80,000 visitors
a year. Maintaining a tradition of public worship spanning more than 800 years, St
Laurence's is a relatively ‘high’ church whose services feature a traditional liturgy and
strong choral tradition.

‘Part of our mission is to promote to our congregation and community the practice of
prayer and its importance to wellbeing,’ explains the church’s director of finance and
operations, Peter Nield. ‘That creates opportunities for us to reach out to new people
and welcome them to St Laurence’s.’

The Book of Common Prayer has been in regular use at the church since its
inception, with more than a quarter of its 160 worshippers attending Prayer Book
focused services each week.

‘In many cases they are drawn by the traditional nature of our services as well as our
music, notably the Prayer Book service of Choral Evensong at 3.30 pm on the third
Sunday of the month,’ reports Peter. ‘These are factors which have prompted a slight
increase in attendances in recent years.’

Pictured is St Laurence's Church in the Shropshire market town of Ludlow.

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