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The Elizabethan Puritan Movement$
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Patrick Collinson

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198222989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.001.0001

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(p.356) 3 Worship
The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Patrick Collinson

Oxford University Press

The puritan participation in the sacraments and of what took place in the parish church on Sundays, that is, with the principal occasions on which the congregation met for the service of God and to hear his word expounded, one would say, the life of the puritan was in one sense a continuous act of worship, pursued under an unremitting and lively sense of God's providential purposes and constantly refreshed by religious activity, personal, domestic, and public. In it he was exercised in his closet family and public assembly. However, the question remains to what extent was there a uniformity of liturgical practice among the Elizabethan puritans, serving in itself to define the puritan church within the Church and how far was the spirit and form of that practice still governed by the Book of Common Prayer or determined by the Genevan Book of the forme of common prayers?

Keywords:   puritan participation, congregation, uniformity, liturgical practice, Book of Common Prayer, Book of the forme

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