Good news- 'Growing Popularity of 1662 Prayer Book in London'

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  1. Stalwart

    Stalwart Well-Known Member Anglican

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    This warms my grizzled heart, as you all know I'm a big fan of the 1662 BCP. This was a fantastic article from the Prayer Book Society. And a beautiful classical Anglican architecture also:

    https://www.pbs.org.uk/news-and-eve...aws-big-congregations-from-across-the-capital

    The growing popularity of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) used by St Marylebone Parish Church, opposite Madame Tussauds in London’s Marylebone Road, accounts for its consistently high levels of attendance at services by worshippers ranging in age from a few months to more than 100.

    That is the view of the rector, the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Evans, who reports that attendance at the 8.30 am Holy Communion service on Sundays regularly exceeds 100 adults and children – and that is after the congregation was reduced in size as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

    He said: ‘With 60 children usually present at our BCP Holy Communion services I feel we are doing our bit in introducing a new generation to the Prayer Book.

    ‘Ten years ago our congregation comprised just half-a-dozen adults but clearly the BCP service with its rich liturgical and linguistic heritage has wide appeal,’ he said. ‘Our worship – which we describe as “cathedral worship in a parish church” – also has a strong following.’

    St Marylebone is the latest parish church to sign up as a corporate member of the Prayer Book Society which encourages rediscovery and use of its majesty and spiritual depth at the heart of the Church of England’s worship.

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  2. bwallac2335

    bwallac2335 Well-Known Member

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    I do hear that Common Worship is a hot mess