Wednesday, August 30, 2006

In praise of the Prayer Book daily office
Filter out the anti-Romanism and this blogger’s got a point. Only two good things came out of the English ‘Reformation’: an attempt, long successful I might add, at the daily office for everyman... and services in English (there already was an English Bible) under which you can add the musical tradition in that tongue. And what English it is.

The straight Prayer Book office is fine — maybe without the exhortations, like the 1549 version — but to a Catholic it can seem more a Bible study than liturgical prayer; you miss the saints’ days, verses and prayers tying into the rhythm, the cycle, of the church year.

More on the subject.

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