J.I. Packer has passed away a month ago in July. In his memory, this meme has gone around the web, and I feel it is too remarkable to pass up. Sets all the reasons why we love the hieratic and sacred language of the traditional Book of Common Prayer, better than I could. The Revd Dr. J.I. Packer on the language of the Book of Common Prayer: "Some people feel the BCP is outdated and irrelevant. I don't think the BCP's sixteenth century ceremonial style of speech is as much of a problem as is sometimes suggested. All that is needed is to sit people down and explain the language to them. If you want to know why it should be ceremonial - why ceremonial language is regularly used when you are making an address to a person of distinction such as royalty - well, we are addressing royalty when we're praying to our God. The idea that our Heavenly Father and our crucified and risen Lord are just good buddies is demeaning. It is inappropriate. The whole BCP is couched in this dignified ceremonial idiom, as are the hymns we sing, and I think this should be treated as making for reverence, rather than treated as some sort of problem." .