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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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Preambles: Time and the Prayer Book

Preambles: Time and the Prayer Book

(p.36) Two Preambles: Time and the Prayer Book
The Book of Common Prayer: A Guide

Charles Hefling

Oxford University Press

The “prelims” of the Book of Common Prayer include a number of tables, rules, schedules, and lists. All of these are necessary for specifying components of Divine Service that vary from day to day, most importantly the reading and recitation of passages from Christian scripture. The specification is significant in two ways, which this chapter will discuss. On the one hand, the various instructions situate Prayer Book worship in time, and more particularly within the annual sequence of holydays and seasons known as the ecclesiastical or liturgical year. On the other hand, they define the relation of the Book of Common Prayer to the still more sacred text of the Bible.

Keywords:   Divine Service, liturgical year, lectionary, Easter calculation, kalendar, holyday, red-letter day, moveable feast

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