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BRAND NEW GLOSSARY ASSISTS UNDERSTANDING OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

12th September 2017

First-year students in theological colleges across the country are to receive a brand new
glossary to assist their understanding of the free copy of The Book of Common Prayer
handed to them by the Prayer Book Society (PBS) at the start of their studies.


The glossary – also available to others free of charge – has been produced by the 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.


Deeply rooted in the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer is the traditional service book of the
Church of England and contains its official teaching. Created in 1549 and then revised in
1552 by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489 – 1556), it was the handbook of the new
English church which had just seceded from Rome. Cranmer – a leader of the Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I – compiled The Book of Common Prayer by drawing extensively on his personal library of 600 printed books and more than 60 manuscripts. Although further revisions were made in subsequent editions published in 1559, 1604 and 1662, the content of the 1662 Prayer Book in use today remains significantly as Cranmer wrote it.


Although Cranmer committed himself to setting out church services in ‘a tongue
understanded of the people,’ the meaning of some of his language – as with Shakespeare’s
– has changed over the centuries. The new glossary aims to help theological students and
other Prayer Book users understand words which are unfamiliar or whose meanings have
changed. They range from supplication and satisfaction to oblation and holpen.
The brainchild of Bristol PR consultant and Prayer Book Society press officer Tim Stanley,
the glossary was researched and drafted by Fergus Butler-Gallie, a 25-year- old ordinand at
Westcott House Theological College in Cambridge.


 Copies of the new glossary in the form of a double-sided card which can be used as a
bookmark are available free of charge from the PBS. Send an SAE (22 cm x 11 cm) to
the Prayer Book Society, The Studio, Copyhold Farm, Lady Grove, Goring Heath,
Reading RG8 7RT. The glossary also is available on the society’s website at
www.pbs.org.uk/a-prayer- book-glossary/a- prayer-book- glossary
For larger quantities, typically for use by church congregations or schools, call the Prayer
Book Society on 0118 984 2584 or email pbs.admin@pbs.org.uk

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