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A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer   By: (1838-1909)

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In William Reed Huntington's insightful work, A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer, readers are introduced to the fascinating evolution of this essential liturgical text. Huntington's comprehensive research and detailed analysis offer a concise yet thorough exploration of the Book of Common Prayer's historical context, its gradual development, and its enduring significance.

Covering a vast expanse of time, Huntington begins with the early origins of the Book of Common Prayer in the liturgical practices of the early Christian church. With meticulous care, he traces its development through various historical eras, exploring the impact of key figures, such as Thomas Cranmer, on shaping its content and structure. The author's prose is engaging, making it accessible for all readers, whether they have prior knowledge of liturgy or not.

What sets A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer apart is Huntington's ability to contextualize its evolution within broader historical, political, and religious movements. By highlighting the interplay between the church and the state, the reader gains a deeper understanding of the forces that shaped the Book of Common Prayer over the centuries. Huntington also examines global influences on the text, exploring how practices and prayers from other cultures were integrated into its pages.

Throughout the book, Huntington effortlessly combines scholarly research with a genuine reverence for the subject matter, resulting in a highly informative and engaging read. His expertise shines through as he dissects the various editions and revisions of the Book of Common Prayer, shedding light on the motivations behind each alteration. Moreover, the author's passion for the liturgy becomes evident, effectively capturing the reader's interest and instilling a sense of appreciation for this timeless text.

A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer not only provides an elegant account of the book's evolution for existing practitioners and scholars but also serves as a perfect introduction for newcomers to understand the origins and significance of this central aspect of Anglican worship. Huntington's meticulous attention to detail, combined with his clear and engaging prose, makes this book an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the Book of Common Prayer.

In conclusion, A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer is an exceptional work that offers a comprehensive overview of the book's development, its societal impact, and its continuous relevance. Huntington's meticulous research, combined with his passionate and engaging writing style, creates an accessible and enlightening read for both novice readers and experienced liturgy enthusiasts. Whether one is looking for a historical exploration or seeking to deepen their spiritual connection to the Book of Common Prayer, this book is an absolute must-read.

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[Transcriber's Note: The footnotes have been numbered and moved to the end of the document.]

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

TOGETHER WITH

CERTAIN PAPERS ILLUSTRATIVE OF LITURGICAL REVISION 1878 1892

BY

WILLIAM REED HUNTINGTON D. D. D. C. L.

Rector of Grace Church New York

NEW YORK THOMAS WHITTAKER

2 and 3 Bible House

Copyright, 1893,

by

THOMAS WHITTAKER,

THE MERSHON COMPANY PRESS, RAHWAY, N. J.

CONTENTS

I. A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer:

I. Origins,

II. Vicissitudes,

II. Revision of the American Common Prayer,

III. The Book Annexed : Its Critics and its Prospects,

Appendix:

I. Permanent and Variable Characteristics of the Prayer Book A Sermon Before Revision, 1878

II. The Outcome of Revision, 1892

III. Tabular View of Additions Made at the Successive Revisions, 1552 1892

INTRODUCTORY NOTE.

The opening paper of this collection was originally read as a lecture before a liturgical class, and is now published for the first time. The others have appeared in print from time to time during the movement for revision. If they have any permanent value, it is because of their showing, so far as the writer's part in the matter is concerned, what things were attempted and what things failed of accomplishment... Continue reading book >>




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