"The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography" By Alan Jacobs

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014

"It is a human book bearing the stamp of many a human life."
To borrow a phrase from faux fashion icon Mugatu in Ben Stiller's film Zoolander, liturgy is so hot right now. A minister at an evangelical Congregational church in Massachusetts uses the Book of Common Prayer at every baptism. In Texas, at an Emergent congregation with Baptist roots, the praise music ends and they celebrate the Eucharist with actual wine. Up on the screen, the skinny-jeans-clad pastor is called "Celebrant." A former megachurch member says of her joining the Episcopal Church: "I was looking for a connection with the ancient church; you know, something ...

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