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GROWING INTEREST IN THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER image

GROWING INTEREST IN THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

10th September 2018

Clear evidence of growing interest in The Book of Common Prayer is reported this month by
the Prayer Book Society (PBS) which encourages rediscovery and use of the majesty and
spiritual depth of Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at the heart of the
Church of England’s worship.


Its twenty-third annual three-day conference at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural University
later this month is a sell-out with more than 130 delegates attending – the highest number to
date.


Latest figures show that more than 260 people joined as new members of the PBS last year,
an increase of more than 40 per cent on the previous year, bringing the total to more than
3,000. The number of corporate members – including churches, schools and businesses –
rose by almost 50 per cent from 25 to a total of 67.


Commenting on the growing enthusiasm for The Book of Common Prayer, PBS chairman
Prudence Dailey said: ‘The Prayer Book is as relevant today as it ever was and increasingly
it is being appreciated by young adults. We are seeing growing interest in the society’s
activities among those in their twenties and thirties.’


She reveals that the society’s work among ordinands suggests that many in the new
generation of young clergy will be enthusiastic about using the BCP for services.
One ordinand commented: ‘It is more than just the beauty of the language of the Prayer
Book which appeals to me. I like the fact that it is quite literally a book of common prayer
which not only belongs to all people but contains prayers for every stage in their journey
through life.’

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