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YORKSHIRE’S UNIQUE FORMER PRIORY SIGNS UP FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY image

YORKSHIRE’S UNIQUE FORMER PRIORY SIGNS UP FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY

14th December 2020

A former monastic priory in North Yorkshire – part of an order founded in 1131 by the
only indigenous establisher of monastic communities, Gilbert of Sempringham*– is
the latest parish church to join the Prayer Book Society (PBS) as a corporate
member.

Gilbert’s monastery in Old Malton, which was unique in housing strictly segregated
monks and nuns, is better known today as St Mary’s Priory Church. It is the only
Gilbertine monastery still in use for weekly worship.

The vicar, the Rev Glyn Diggins, reports that all his Sunday services – notably Choral
Matins and Choral Evensong – are based on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
(BCP).

‘That’s why it made a lot of sense to join a network of churches actively seeking to
grow the Kingdom of God,’ he explained.

‘Being a member of a society which values the rich heritage of Prayer Book tradition,
while encouraging 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, is helping us to
connect with new generations.’

Glyn explained that, for his church, benefits of membership include access to, and
learning from, the experience of other member churches using Prayer Book worship
from a missional perspective.

He said: ‘I am passionate about identifying ways in which congregations can be
refreshed and renewed where Prayer Book traditions are the norm. We are glad to be connecting with other PBS corporate member churches which are using the BCP as a catalyst for growth, and we will be delighted to share our own successes with them.’

For information about the benefits of corporate membership of the Prayer Book
Society contact its 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/

*Gilbert was born at Sempringham, a hamlet near Bourne in Lincolnshire. Twelve
years after his death in 1190 he was canonized in Rome by Pope Innocent III.

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