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PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY’S GIFT TO EXETER CATHEDRAL image

PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY’S GIFT TO EXETER CATHEDRAL

31st October 2018

The Dean of Exeter, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, has been presented with 250 brand
new copies of The Book of Common Prayer in support of his plan to reintroduce use of the
Prayer Book during services in the city’s 618-year-old cathedral.


He said that they will make participation in cathedral worship ‘a much better experience’ for
the regular congregation and numerous visitors.


The Prayer Books are the gift of the Prayer Book Society (PBS) 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. They were paid for by using two generous
donations to the society – a bequest and a lifetime gift.


The bequest of £1,000, left to the PBS specifically for use within the county of Devon, was
made by the late Joan Urwin, a former secretary and subsequently honorary president of the
Exeter branch of the PBS, who died in August 2016. The bequest was used in memory of
both Mrs Urwin and her late husband, Frank Oswald Urwin who had been an honorary
prebendary at the cathedral.


To pay for the Prayer Books almost £1,500 was drawn from the Edith Matthias Prayer Book
Trust Fund established to help parish churches and similar institutions within the Church of
England to buy Books of Common Prayer which they might otherwise be unable to afford,
thus maintaining or introducing Prayer Book worship.


This fund was created using a Millennium gift of £25,000 to the PBS in 2000 from Edith
Matthias, a member of the society’s Chester Branch who has since died.


Commenting on the support received from the PBS, the Dean said: ‘We at Exeter Cathedral
are really grateful to the Prayer Book Society, locally and nationally, in giving us 250 copies
of the Book of Common Prayer.


‘The Prayer Book is used here on every day of the year, notably for Choral Evensong, or
said Evening Prayer, and on Sundays at 8am Holy Communion.’


He added: ‘Our old Prayer Books were reaching the end of their useful life so we are
immensely grateful for this support in replacing them. The new books are beautifully
presented and, because of their large print, are much easier to read. They will make
participation in our worship a much better experience both for our regular congregation and
for our many visitors.’

PHOTO CAPTION
Prebendary Paul Hancock of Exeter Cathedral (left) presents one of the new Prayer Books
to the Dean of Exeter, The Very Rev Jonathan Greener

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