TOPICAL COMMENT & REPORTS
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BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER & KING JAMES BIBLE
This church has still to make any moves towards actively celebrating these wonderful works at it's most well attended services, especially the 10:00 Sunday service. Considering the confusingly wide variety of forms this service takes, it seems to me that there should be still room to allow our larger congregation a chance to take part in the older, still Authorised, form of the communion service (hopefully complete with the specified Prayer book readings).
We could the enjoy singing the Merbecke settings in its older setting
The older texts are sometimes held to be difficult to understand (perhaps some could be discussed during the sermon?)
Traditional English Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian prayer books have borrowed from the Book of Common Prayer, and the marriage and burial rites have found their way into those of other denominations and into the English language. Like the Authorized King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare, many words and phrases from the Book of Common Prayer have entered common parlance.
A CHORAL MATTINS, from time to time, would also be welcome.
We regularly spend a couple of days in London and while there were extremely attracted to yet another London church which offers a good mix of main services, both modern and traditional.
This fact they proudly proclaim both within and outside the church - see the images below.
It is not unusual in London. Apparently, even normal folk there are able to appreciate the beauty of our more traditional services and are able to provide the best of music to complete the worship !
Other London Notice boards seen fairly recently:-
but, back to the Minster.....
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I was recently given a postcard with the image below. It is entitled St Veronica's handkerchief. The interest is in the eyes. The original apparently hangs in All Saints Church, Helmsley, North Yorks
Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio :-
"Evensong, one of the official services of the Anglican Communion, has a centuries old tradition. The very controversial Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, is credited with publishing the first order of Evensong in 1549. It wa revised and included as an official service in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Evensong is often referred to as a combination of two Roman Catholic offices, Vespers and Compline, blended into one inspiring service. There are two types of the service, one with a choir and one without. The services at Christ Church Cathedral include the choir.
In the choral service, sections of the liturgy are strategically set to music. For the most part, the music is traditional Anglican dating back to the sixteenth century. However, compositions by contemporary composers such as Herbert Howells and John Rutter are gaining standing in choral evensong services.
Proponents of choral evensong believe singing adds a valuable dimension to the spiritual experience of worship. As St. Augustine said, “Anyone who sings, prays twice.”
The tradition of choral evensong at Christ Church Cathedral is well established. The standard of singing is very high, as the Cathedral choir continues a worship service nearly 500 years old."
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