Because the Book of Common Prayer is that amazing

Here’s a point scored for Anglicanism.  In The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West,* Robert Taft, SJ (that makes him a Jesuit), writes:

Easily the most important of all sixteenth-century reformed offices is that of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.  To its great merit the Anglican communion alone of all Western Christian Churches has preserved to some extent at least the daily services of morning praise and evensong as a living part of parish worship.  As Louis Bouyer said in his Liturgical Piety, . . . morning and evensong in the Book of Common Prayer

. . . is a Divine Office which is not a devotion of specialists but a truly public Office of the whole Christian people . . . we must admit frankly that the Offices of Morning Prayer and of Evensong, as they are performed even today in St. Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, York Minster, or Canterbury Cathedral, are not only one of the most impressive, but also one of the purest forms of Christian common prayer to be found anywhere in the world.

*Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1986.  Quotation p. 323.


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