The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgy

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‘The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and the love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.’

The Book of Common Prayer, with local variations, is still used in churches inside and outside the Anglican Communion in over 50 countries and in over 150 languages.

The Rise and Fall of the Incomparable Liturgyis the first study to trace the evolution and reception of the BCP, from the Elizabethan settlement of 1559 to the Royal Commission report of 1906, when work on a new prayer book was begun.

Written by a world authority, here is an illuminating and highly readable account of the ascent and decline of a world classic, which still informs our common language as well as much of the great literature of the past four centuries. It will appeal not only to students of liturgy but also to general readers interested in history, literature, theology and cultural studies.

Bryan D. Spinks is The Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology, Yale Divinity School. His previous books include The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer (2008), The Worship Mall (2010) and do This in Remembrance of Me (2014).