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The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide$
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Charles Hefling

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190689681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190689681.001.0001

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The Golden Age

The Golden Age

(p.202) Nine The Golden Age
The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide

Charles Hefling

Oxford University Press

The long eighteenth century has been called the Prayer Book’s golden age. Nothing in the text itself changed. But the text was disseminated in works meant to aid and encourage the personal and domestic devotions of families and individuals. There were thoughtful but not hostile proposals for revising the Prayer Book, two of which are discussed in this chapter as indications of what the text was expected to be and do in an enlightened age. And beyond the limits of the ecclesiastical establishment, the eighteenth century saw the beginning of a development that won its way to acceptance in Scotland and influenced a new version of the Book of Common Prayer in the newly independent United States.

Keywords:   Prayer Book, American Prayer Book, Book of Common Prayer, domestic devotions, Scottish Communion Office, Samuel Seabury

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