Thursday, December 3, 2009

How Many Books of Common Prayer Can You Juggle

Item 6 from the Jerusalem Declaration has this to say about the prayer book:

We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage as an expression of the gospel, and we uphold the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as a true and authoritative standard of worship and prayer, to be translated and locally adapted for each culture.

during the course of the First Convention of the new Anglican diocese of San Joaquin the diocese adopted the Jerusalem Declaration lock, stock and barrel. So, naturally, being the good diocesan folks that they are, the dean of the Cathedral now writes the following in a blog called soundings.

The Dean of the Anglican Cathedral of St. James has this to say about the prayer book:

The newly formed North American expression of the Anglican Communion, ACNA is in new territory. This is true in liturgics as much as every other area of our common life. Recently I have heard numerous voices expressing deep suspicion directed at the 1979 Prayer Book and calling for a return to the 1928 BCP or even a return to the 1662 Prayer Book (though some call for a kind of “modernization” of the language of the 1662 Book). The reasons for this desire are no doubt many, ranging from the well known and sustained attacks on the theology of the new prayer book expressed by the Prayer Book Society in their publications, to a kind of general angst that connects the '79 prayer book with the theological misadventures of the past thirty years in the Episcopal Church. Recently I read an article telling of the duplicity of Urban T. Holmes, exposing his alleged cover-up when challenged by traditionalists that the new prayer book under his oversight represented an enormous change in theology. Furthermore, a great many seem to think that by jettisoning the '79 prayer book the new Province will somehow be made safer from a return to the heresies of TEC.

Either they are confused, cannot get it straight, or just plain do what they want when they want.

And, as an added thought, The Book of Comon prayer, in the Episcopal Church is a foundational document that can only be changed by natioanl Convention. It is not a document to be played with by every tom, dick and dean.

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