Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Prayer Book Videos

Are you a Prayer Book Christian who attends a non-Prayer Book congregation?  Are you a pastor in a Wesleyan tradition church who would like to incorporate some of how Wesley worshipped in your current church worship practice?

The Prayer Book Society has provided a great resource.  They have provided videos of various Prayer Book services as examples of how these services are conducted in the Church of England.  The services included from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (the Prayer Book that Wesley, himself, used) are:  Holy Communion; Morning Prayer; Evening Prayer; Baptism; Marriage; and Burial.  Each of these are provided in a narrated version and a version without narration.

It should be kept in mind, these are in a Church of England setting and they are read services.  That is to say, they are not culturally American, nor is any singing or music provided.  -  Further, it should be kept in mind that the services are from the 1662 BCP.  That is to say, they are not in contemporary language usage.  If one is using Wesley's version, you will see where Wesley abridged the services.  If you are using the American 1928, you will notice some differences.  If you are using the 1978 version, you will notice a lot of changes.  The new services from the Anglican Church in North America provide a contemporary language version that also differs, but not as much as the 1978.  (For my part, what I have used where I serve is a contemporized version of John Wesley's The Sunday Service, using the ACNA material as a guide to contemporize.)

One can follow this link to find the videos.  -  They also include a couple of services from "Series One," and a bonus video about Archbishop Cranmer and the Prayer Book Tradition. (which I think I have reproduced here, in a previous post).

I hope you find these helpful, or at least interesting!

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