Want to explore the ancient roots of the Christian faith? Want to learn how Christians throughout the ages have expressed that faith? Join us for an exploration of the great texts of the ancient Church and Reformation.
The Anglican Reading Cohort (ARC) exists to establish a robust understanding of Anglican identity through engagement with primary sources rooted in the Anglican tradition.
We are currently reading: The ‘Very Pure Word of God’: The Book of Common Prayer as a Model of Biblical Liturgy by Peter Adam
The celebration of the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer has helped to stimulate a renewed interest in its teaching and fundamental contribution to Anglican identity. Archbishop Cranmer and others involved in the English Reformation knew well that the content and shape of the services set out in the Prayer Book were vital ways of teaching congregations biblical truth and the principles of the Christian gospel. Thus the aim of this ‘Anglican Foundations’ series of booklets which focus on the Formularies of the Church of England and the services within the Prayer Book is to highlight what those services teach about the Christian faith and to demonstrate how they are also designed to shape the practice of that faith. As well as providing an account of the origins of the Prayer Book services, these booklets are designed to offer practical guidance on how such services may be used in Christian ministry nowadays. In this overview of the Book of Common Prayer, Peter Adam brings us back again and again to its emphasis on the ‘very pure word of God’, setting the gold standard and hallmark of all our liturgy.
Peter Adam served as vicar of St. Jude’s Carlton, and as Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne Australia. He is currently Vicar Emeritus of St. Jude’s, and Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.
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Next Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm
Next Meeting Location: Givens Books
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